Steampunk Edison Lamp

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Project by Daddypig posted 02-15-2018 11:02 PM 736 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my second project ever!

I think it turned out great and I love it. The dimmer switch works great and is crucial for a lamp with a bare bulb.

-Valve Activated Dimmer Switch
-Red Oak

Made with:
Skill saw
Power drill

What I learned.
1. Buy ALL components before beginning the build
2. Check the angle of the saw blade manually. The tools gauge may be wrong.

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#1 posted 02-15-2018 11:48 PM

Nice job!!!
Love the Steam Punk style.
And welcome the LJ and look forward to more projects.

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#2 posted 02-16-2018 03:00 AM

Very Nice Indeed & Well Done Daddy!

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#3 posted 02-16-2018 03:26 AM

A big Welcome to LJ’s. A great bunch of folks from all over the World are here to share. I’d say you are doing just great with only a few tools. Just wait till you have a shop full.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#4 posted 02-16-2018 06:06 AM

Has a nifty Steampunk feel. I like it.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#5 posted 02-16-2018 07:33 AM

2nd project ever? Looks brilliant to me.
What did you coat it with?
Regards Anthony

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#6 posted 02-16-2018 01:21 PM

Looks like a fun project.

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#7 posted 02-16-2018 02:44 PM

You mitered all of those joints with a skill saw? That is some skill. Nice job!

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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#8 posted 02-16-2018 05:37 PM


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#9 posted 02-16-2018 06:40 PM

Thanks for the comments!

I’m a power engineer by trade, so the electrical stuff wasn’t much of a problem. I had to watch some videos to try to figure out how to do the woodworking though. Like:

How to make a straight cut with a circular saw
Making an On/Off actuator from a valve

I connected my valve to a dimmer switch instead of an ON/OFF switch.

I trusted the angle gauge on my saw to be a true 45 degrees, but it wasn’t. This turned out to be a HUGE mistake and Ihad to do A LOT of sanding to true it up.

The stain is called ‘Puritan Pine’. I added 2 coats of oil based polyurethane.

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#10 posted 02-16-2018 10:35 PM

Welcome! Awesome design and execution! I look forward to your next project.

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

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#11 posted 02-16-2018 11:14 PM

That’s a great looking Edison lamp—I’m sure you’ll get a lot of enjoyment from it!

Welcome to LumberJocks!

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#12 posted 02-17-2018 07:28 AM

....and then was a light – so nice project.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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