The Airship Captains Desk Lamp




About: I'm an Artist and Fabricator and a Cantankerous old coot Married with children Worked in the Aerospace industry for years retired love to tinker and build mold and sculpt any medium is fun to build in experi...

Intro: The Airship Captains Desk Lamp

2 Days 4 hours 25 minutes 

i wanted to do something steampunkish but i couldn't come up with enough gears to pull it off A friend of mine recently turned me on to a heavy stock of lamp parts and all sorts of goodies to build with so this may be the first of many such Adventures .

For this adneture i used 

Several lengths of 3/4" and 1/2" copper pipe 
Lamp Parts 
2 Glass shades with brass cups 
2 no switch lamp sockets 
2  Single Pole light switches {for lack of any good looking toggle switches}
2 Candle sockets
12 feet of lamp wire
1 mini 110 volt lamp {for the temperature turret} 
1 12" bent lamp pipe 
1 lamp hickey
1 lamp topper
2 lamp pipe clamps {brass}
4 large wire nuts 
13 brass lamp tubing nuts
1 Battery powered clock "Because all my electric ones were to big to fit "
1 set of weather dials including temperature , Barometer and Humidity scale {Got several sets i get them cheap at yards sales }

I used cedar for the box wood good smelling red cedar is always a plus and i build with it a lot 
Most of the Joints are glued but i used a brad nailer on some parts for extra strength 3/8" thick cedar is not very strong unless well glued and sometimes even nailed.

All Angles cut are cut at 30* Angles including the weather head temperature turret 

Step 1: The Airship Captains Desk Lamp

Layout your wood measure and cut to your spec as i didn't lay this out on paper first i don't have all the lengths for short sides but the long sides are 16" and 9" respectively 

Step 2: The Airship Captains Desk Lamp

The Switch plate toggle 

Step 3: The Airship Captains Desk Lamp

My camera went on the fritz again so i missed the whole soldering and feeding the wires through the piping basically i just fed the wire through the top pipe and went trough the center pipe with a thin piece of spring wire with a hook on the end .

Step 4: The Airship Captains Desk Lamp

The Weather head turret 

Step 5: The Airship Captains Desk Lamp

Step 6: The Airship Captains Desk Lamp

Sorry i missed so many steps my camera is wore out it eats batteries and what can i say if you look at the finished pics you can pretty much guess how most of it would work it's just a lamp not a space station so have lots of fun i'll have better instructions on my next one hopefully i'll have a new camera too .

Just have fun with it any questions i'll be happy to answer if you have any 

hanks for looking and Ible on !



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    5 years ago on Introduction

    Seen this in person, my dad is an awesome fabricator. Pictures look neat but lit up in all it's glory it's amazing. Great job dad.

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