Gas Nozzle Lamp




About: I enjoy taking a pile of junk and making something unusual out of it. I like wheeled vehicles, and currently own two motorcycles, two electric bikes that I've built, and an electric scooter pushed by a soc...

At a junk sale one day, I happened on an old gas nozzle that looked lonesome and needed a home.  As soon as I saw it I thought, "lamp!"  So, it had to come home with me.

The materials used for this project included an old gas nozzle, light socket, lamp cord and switch, a threaded lamp stem & nuts, scrap piece of copper tubing, Gorilla Glue, primer, paint, scrap wood, and various wood screws.  I also used primer, paint, stain, and varnish.

Tools used were a pipe wrench, drill & bits, band saw (any saw will do),and a screwdriver.

This is an easy project and can be easily finished in a day or two -- even allowing for paint to dry!

Step 1: Preparing the Nozzle

The extension for the nozzle was missing, so I made a new one from a piece of scrap copper tubing.  It was a press fit, so I just tapped it on with a hammer (1st photo).

Since I would have to route the lamp cord through the inside of the gas nozzle, I removed the valve from the nozzle.  This was easy -- I removed the fitting from the top of the nozzle and simply pulled out the spring and the valve (2nd photo).  This gave me plenty of room for the lamp cord.

I wanted to run the lamp cord out of the base of the lamp, so I drilled a hole in the bottom fitting (3rd photo) to allow the cord to exit.

My plan was to mount the nozzle to a wood base, so I cut a wooden plug and glued it into the bottom fitting (4th photo).  This would allow me to run a screw up from the base of the lamp to attach the nozzle to the base.

Step 2: Priming & Painting

I used a spray primer followed by a black hammered finish, following the directions for prepping and painting on the paint cans.  The photo shows the nozzle drying after applying the primer.

Step 3: Electrical Stuff

After running the lamp cord through the nozzle (starting from the bottom and coming out the top), I assembled the parts I needed to mount the socket.  I used a threaded lamp tube (from an old lamp), and added a spacer from my junk box that would allow the assembly to slide into the copper tube.  After wiring the socket to the lamp cord, I coated this spacer with Gorilla Glue and held it in place (fitted inside the copper tube) until the glue expanded and set.

Step 4: Making the Base

The first part of the base was the wedged shaped piece shown in the 1st photo.  This piece sets the angle that I wanted the nozzle to be on the lamp base.  Note the long screw sticking through the center of this wedge -- this screw was used to fasten the wedge to the wood plug I placed in the bottom fitting of the nozzle.

The 2nd photo shows the wedge piece screwed to the bottom part of the base.  After making these pieces, I stained and varnished them.

Step 5: Finished!

This is the finished product.  I decided to use a flicker-bulb in the socket.  If I later on want to use a regular bulb, I will add a small shade.

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    6 years ago on Introduction

    Veeeery nice! I might just have to make one of these. I may try to find a nozzle large enough to hold the bulb socket so the "fire" burns directly out of the nozzle. Again...awesome project!

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    6 years ago on Introduction

    Nice! Years ago, a friend of mine in college defined garbage as "stuff so useless that you can't even make a lamp from it", by which _almost_ anything will not be garbage ever. Not even gas nozzles!

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I like (and absolutely agree) with what your friend said! Thanks for your comment.