The Device

  • Advertise with us
Project by grace123 posted 12-26-2015 04:07 AM 2542 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.

21 comments so far

View tyvekboy's profile


1701 posts in 2850 days

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

That is a cool lamp. Great gift!

Thanks for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

View Jim Jakosh's profile

Jim Jakosh

19791 posts in 2942 days

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

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


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

View SuperCubber's profile


1010 posts in 2121 days

#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

View SirGareth's profile


107 posts in 2037 days

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

Very creative and practical! Well done!

-- Even if you fall on your face, you are still moving forward. - Tim, Southern California

View SPalm's profile


5305 posts in 3718 days

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

That is really neat.
What a clever present.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

View JoeinGa's profile


7722 posts in 1843 days

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

That is too cool !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

View helluvawreck's profile


29158 posts in 2703 days

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

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

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

View sonnyr's profile


131 posts in 1965 days

#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!!!

View racerglen's profile


3112 posts in 2617 days

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

A beauty !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

View Greg the Cajun Wood Artist's profile

Greg the Cajun Wood Artist

380 posts in 779 days

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

That’s extra nice.

-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself"

View grace123's profile


219 posts in 2599 days

#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.

View sonnyr's profile


131 posts in 1965 days

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

Thanks for the info Grace.

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

View TinWhiskers's profile


179 posts in 789 days

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

Very cool and well done.

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

View htl's profile


3148 posts in 996 days

#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.

View Mean_Dean's profile


5663 posts in 2984 days

#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 -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

showing 1 through 15 of 21 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics