|Project by grace123||posted 12-26-2015 04:07 AM||2326 views||14 times favorited||21 comments|
The link above will connect you to a YouTube video and shows me turning the lamp on and off.
During the days leading to Christmas my grandsons helped me in the wood shop. They are ages 6 and 4. They try hard to keep secrets, but sometimes they become excited and forget. So, I always referred to this project as “The Device”. When the grandsons talked about what they had been doing in the girls’ shop with Grandma, they said they were making a device for Papa.
The base is a box made from 1/2 inch plywood and a scrap of Cherry painted black. The base dimensions are 11 inches by 6 inches by 3 1/2 inches high. The box was then screwed onto a piece of Cherry. The lamp consists of a keyless ceramic socket. To turn the lamp on, you turn the top of the faucet, just like turning on your garden hose. One twist turns the light on, another twist turns the light off. I purchased a brass faucet (hose bib). I took the “innards” out of the faucet and inserted a rotary switch of the type used for dimmer switches. I ran those wires through the elbow and nipple and flange. Then I connected the wires inside the base of the lamp. When all of the wires were connected, the bottom piece was screwed into place and enclosed the wires. The plaque shows my husband’s name and his title at our city, which is Water/Waste Water Administrator. I thought it was appropriate to have a lamp look like turning on a tap for my husband whose job is to take water from the river, purify it, and then take water from the sewage system, clean it, and return it to the river.