The Device

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Project by grace123 posted 12-26-2015 04:07 AM 2198 views 14 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch


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.

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#1 posted 12-26-2015 04:26 AM

That is a cool lamp. Great gift!

Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 12-26-2015 04:29 AM

Very cool. I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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#3 posted 12-26-2015 04:30 AM

That is a really cool idea! I bet he loved it!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#4 posted 12-26-2015 05:10 AM

Very creative and practical! Well done!

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#5 posted 12-26-2015 12:12 PM

That is really neat.
What a clever present.


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#6 posted 12-26-2015 01:16 PM

That is too cool !

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#7 posted 12-26-2015 01:59 PM

It’s very creative and a nice piece of work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 12-26-2015 03:02 PM

That’s a great idea.
Where did you get the rotary switch part? I took the “innards” out of the faucet and inserted a rotary switch of the type used for dimmer switches.

-- I may be slow, but I'm easy to stop!!!

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#9 posted 12-26-2015 03:29 PM

A beauty !

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#10 posted 12-26-2015 03:38 PM

That’s extra nice.

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#11 posted 12-26-2015 03:40 PM

Here is a link for how to make a switch from a water valve:

The procedure is the same that I used for a hose bib. I found the parts I needed in the lamp repair section of my local Lowes. This section of the store had the switch which they call a rotatory switch for a ceiling fan. You can also use a dimmer switch.

This is what I used: SERVALITE 3-Amp Black Light Switch – Item #: 77571 | Model #: 884417

Also, I used one-half inch diameter pipe. Three-quarter inch diameter would make it easier to feed the wires in, but I thought it looked too heavy.

I also got my light bulb at Lowes. They are called vintage bulbs. They come in the medium or Edison size or a smaller chandelier size.

I was pressed for time because I procrastinated making this until the absolute last minute for Christmas. With more time I would have checked around on the Internet for other styles of vintage light bulbs. But I was happy with how it turned out.

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#12 posted 12-26-2015 06:21 PM

Thanks for the info Grace.

-- I may be slow, but I'm easy to stop!!!

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#13 posted 12-26-2015 08:10 PM

Very cool and well done.

Reminds me of a classic Moe Howard movie. :o)

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#14 posted 12-26-2015 11:32 PM

A really strange but totally cool project.
Got to love it.
And love the story about THE DEVICE. LOL

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#15 posted 12-27-2015 02:03 AM

Great looking lamp (I mean, Device)! I’m sure he loves it! And thanks for sharing the story about the grandkids—priceless!

-- Dean

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