Lets Make a Pump Lamp

Introduction: Lets Make a Pump Lamp

I had promised my grandson Jack That I would help him with an Insturctable for awhile. So Here We Go !!!! In 7th grade shop class I had built a pump lamp and was really proud of it . Jack at near 7 years old wasn't sure what a pump was but thought it sound like fun.

Step 1: WOW WHAT a HAT !!!!!!

I don't know if building the lamp or taking Jack to the thrift store for the shade was the most fun.

Step 2: Milling the Stock

We started with 2 pieces of walnut cutting them on the table saw.

I then ran them through the planes to true them up.

Jack is a little young for this I had him stay outside while I used the big loud tools.

I cut 1 pc. 2 1/8 x 2 1/8 inches x 12 inches long

1 pc. 6 1/2 xc 6 1/2 inches 3/4 inch thick and

1 pc. 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches x 3/4 inches thick

Step 3: Jack With His Parts

I used the band saw to cut out the spout and pump handle

Step 4: Sanding

Jack got a good lesson in sanding wood. I thought he would get bored with this but he did pretty good.

Step 5: Adding the Works

Next we marked out a 1/2" wide x 1" long hole for the pump handle about 3"s down from the top of the pump body. We then drilled tow holes in this area and used chisels to square up the hole. Through this hole I drilled a 3 1/16" hole and ran a screw out the other side to mount the spout with . Then drilled out and mounted the handle with a 1/4" dowel

Step 6: Drilled

. We used the drill press to drill a 9/16" hole through the center of the pump case top to bottom this took a longer bit than I had so I drilled from the top turned it over and drilled from bottom. Believe it or not they met in the middle. The top part of the base we drilled with 9/16" bit but the first on the bottom part of the base had to be drilled with a 3/4" bit to let the cord tube and wiring to be below the surface so it would sit flat also a 1/4" hole drilled through from the side into the 3/4" hole to run the wire out

Step 7: The Wire Tube

Jack used "yes by him self" a hack saw to cut a 13" piece of 3/8" brass cord tube. After gluing the base and pump housing together we used a washer and nut on the bottom of the tube ran it through the lamp and put another washer and nut on top. This is the only clamp we used after tightening this we had no need for other clamps

Step 8: The Finish

Since everything was sanded before we put it together we could go ahead with the finish. We used amber shellac and Jack rubbed it on with a rag 3 coats and it looked real nice just buffed it a little with a very fine steal wool and buffed with a soft cloth.

Step 9: Pump Action

It is a pump lamp you know so the light socket is pull chain operated so we drilled a 3/16" hole through the handle and ran the chain in and put a stop link on it.

Step 10: Jack and His Lamp

This was a great day spending it with my grandson and I know Jack enjoyed it too. For his age he stayed focused pretty well. It took us about 4 hours from start to finish plus the shopping trip the day before for parts . I almost lost him a couple of times but he hung in there. You talk about a kid proud of something he was.

Thanks for looking

Jack and Grandpa'

Step 11: The Stuff

1 chain pull light socket

3/8" all thread wire tube

nuts and washers

8' of #14 lamp cord

walnut or other wood


Power tools BE VERY CAREFULL !!!!!!!!!!!

Table saw , band saw, sanders, router, drill press

Sharp hand tools

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    Question 2 years ago

    I have a similar lamp made by my father-in-law at a 1946 shop class. The chain broke. Gratefully I found your instructable, however I couldn't follow how the chain was connected. Please advise!?! Thanks bunches!

    Thor Hunter
    Thor Hunter

    5 years ago

    Nice job. Looks great. Good job getting Jack hooked on woodworking .

    This looks great! I'm glad you were able to keep him interested and have a good time :)

    Cool ! I had a lamp that looked very much like that in my room when I was a kid ...