Rocket Ship Lamp

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Introduction: Rocket Ship Lamp

About: Be excellent to each other.

Super simple Rocketship lamp can be easily made, modified and upgraded!

Supplies

Step 1: Assemble the Base

Start with a circle wood base, 8 in diameter.

Drill holes for the wire and stain it.

Then work your way up, feeding the power cord thru the floor flange, 45 degree elbow, the rod, and the 90 degree elbow.

Step 2: Assemble Your Lights and Switch

Next assemble the lamp sockets in 3 of the 4 90 degree elbows.

Drill a hole in the lamp mount for the toggle switch.

Assemble the elbows to the lamp mount and rod.

Step 3: Wire and Complete

Connect all the wires using twist-on plastic caps or wire nuts.

Position and tighten everything.

Add your bulbs and blast off!

Step 4: Rocket Ship Lamp

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139 Comments

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kalryndarkpaw
kalryndarkpaw

Question 4 months ago

So simple question, I already made one of these about a year ago, I am making another one I would like to place a dimmer on the large bulb in the body of the "Ship" and fit it to the bottom of the rocket ship using a small dimmer knob, my voltage is 120v what would be a good dial to use that is rated for 120 volts and is small

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MarkM73
MarkM73

Answer 1 day ago

I took my dremel to the threads on the lamp holder. I ground them down smooth on the wire side and left the top half threads alone. The threads on the 90˙ Iron will cut in enough to screw it right in. Be careful tho, the lamp holders aren’t very thick so don’t remove more material than necessary.

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dberkel1
dberkel1

Answer 4 months ago

That's a great idea! Something like this might work. Manual Dimmer Dial You could probably fit it in the body or on the base. Please share if you do it! I'd love to see it!

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Blue Kraken
Blue Kraken

Question 7 months ago

I have a problem, the 90-degree angle black iron elbow is coarse thread and the lamp socket is a fine thread. Does anyone have any answers to that one?

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MattH35
MattH35

Answer 7 months ago

I just wrenched on it until it was seated.

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Blue Kraken
Blue Kraken

Reply 7 months ago

I borrowed a 3/4 in. drill bit from a friend and drilled out the threads on the nipple and dremeled it a bit until the socket slid in and then glued it in. In all, it took me about 15 minutes to do 5 nipples. Thanks for replying to my question.

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stu202
stu202

7 months ago

Should the metal parts of the lamp's body be grounded?
The parts list mentions a 2 prong plug instead of a 3 prong one.

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jdball83
jdball83

Question 2 years ago on Step 2

Hi! This is my first project like this and I’m struggling to understand how to “assemble the lamp sockets,” especially in the 1/2” to 3/4” coupling. Did you use a glue to keep it in place? The socket has no way to screw into the coupling. Thanks to anyone who has any pointers!

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4zapatos
4zapatos

Answer 8 months ago

If you remove the silver bracket, then the socket goes into the 3/4" part of the coupling and screws into the 1/2" part of the coupling.

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JKornuts
JKornuts

Answer 1 year ago

Grab a mini hacksaw ($5 at Home Depot) and carefully saw off the metal piece. Be extra careful not to cut the wires. Then use some epoxy or super glue to secure the socket to the coupling and/or elbow joint.

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dberkel1
dberkel1

Reply 2 years ago

I ended up gluing the one socket that fit in the 1/2" to 3/4" coupling that you have pictured. I just used super glue around the O ring and it sat nicely on the coupling. For the others I removed the metal housing clip and was able to screw them in with just enough room.

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just4747
just4747

Reply 1 year ago

Removed the metal housing how? Not easy at all...

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nbbarud
nbbarud

Reply 2 years ago

I just bought a 3/4 to 1/2 reducer, they sell them at most hardware stores

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Timelord83
Timelord83

Reply 2 years ago

when you say you removed the metal housing clip.. you drilled the pin out and removed it?

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jdball83
jdball83

Reply 2 years ago

I wound up having to do that as well, yes.the metal housing prevents the socket from fitting into the 1/2” couplings.

The rivet is holding the socket together, so I superglued the seams Of the socket before removing the housing and that worked out well for me.

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Timelord83
Timelord83

Reply 2 years ago

good to know.. i have 4 of these lights to assemble i'll get some good super glue.

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jessegpierce
jessegpierce

Answer 2 years ago

I'd say you mostly stick the sockets in and glue the nut on the iron.

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b_tek
b_tek

Question 8 months ago on Step 3

Thank you for sharing this great design. I had a question, which I did not see while skimming through the comments. It looks like the suggested main bulb is 40W. Does the main light (or the smaller flame lights) get very hot during use?

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dberkel1
dberkel1

Answer 8 months ago

I used a 40w and it warms up like most other typical 40w bulbs but since its inside the light mount and mine has a glass cover it doesn't get very hot. The smaller bulbs get warm but not super hot but I would defiantly test yours out and leave on for a while just to be safe.

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b_tek
b_tek

Reply 8 months ago

Thank you!