Edison Lamp dovetail box

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Project by Lee Scott posted 01-30-2018 12:22 AM 654 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to tackle my first Edison lamp box using a dovetailing jig that had adjustable fingers.
I made the sides from African Mahogany and the front, back and top from White Oak.

The inside is all electrically double insulated with all the connections housed within their own PVC box.
A switch for each individual light and a universal dimmer to get just the right brightness required.

I was surprised how much heat the old style of bulbs throw out, but a really lovely warm hue too.

Here is a links list of the parts used if you wanted to fill your own Edison lamp box with the goodies:
Retro black and white cord

Universal dimmer

Edison Lamps

Individual switches:

Lamp sockets:

-- "Once you stop learning, you start dying" - Albert Einstein

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#1 posted 01-30-2018 12:56 AM

very neat love them bulbs and the dimmer was a good idea ….GREAT JOB :<))


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#2 posted 01-30-2018 03:03 PM

well done project and interesting bulbs

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#3 posted 01-30-2018 05:03 PM

You did a fine job on this beautiful conversation piece. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

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

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#4 posted 01-30-2018 06:27 PM

That’s a great looking Edison lamp! I love these bulbs and the glow of them—to me, this is the way a bulb should shine, not these electronic bulbs today.

I’m sure you’ll enjoy it every time you have them lit!

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

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#5 posted 01-30-2018 07:54 PM

Engineering + woodworking – jack pot combination!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 01-31-2018 10:46 AM

Thanks for the welcome Charles and also thanks for all the kind works on the Edison lamp.
Had a great time making this and your right Ivan: Engineering and Woodworking is a choice mix.
Dean I agree – the harsh new bulbs today can be fatiguing for the eyes.

-- "Once you stop learning, you start dying" - Albert Einstein

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