Ediston Bulb Lamp

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Project by KnotCurser posted 03-06-2012 10:30 PM 2399 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Saw this idea on a few different websites and decided to give it a shot.

My wife wanted a new lamp for the top of her dresser. It only had to throw a small amount of light so this was the perfect solution.

I started with a 4×4 of white oak and chopped it down to two pieces – one to hold the bulb and one for the switch. I really didn’t expect all the tiger striping grain patterns – sometimes you get lucky!

I played around with the layout and decided I liked it best a tad offset.

The hardest part was drilling out the bottom of the switch pillar as the switch base was much larger than the switch top – I had to do a bunch of hollowing before it finally fit.

A quick hole to feed the switch wires from one pillar to the other and then just glue the two together – all done!

The finish is an outdoor oil as I wanted an aged look. The bottom was covered in felt after these pictures were taken to cover up the large holes I had to bore out.

Picture Three shows what the Edison Bulb looks like when it’s on – VERY COOL!



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 03-06-2012 10:34 PM

That’s cool, Bob! I haven’t seen those bulbs before but they look neat. Where did you get them?


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 03-06-2012 10:53 PM

Thanks Sheila – every now and again I have to do something other than scrollwork. ;-)

You can pick the bulbs up in quite a few places – to include Lowes. Amazon has a bunch of different kinds- just search for “Edison Bulb”. Here's the one we ordered.


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#3 posted 03-06-2012 10:56 PM

That is really nice. I have the same question as Sheila. Great work and it is a nice conversation piece.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 03-06-2012 10:56 PM

Well, I’ll be darned! What planet am I living on?? I haven’t seen these before. I suppose they go well with all the ‘steampunk’ stuff that is popular. (Personally, I love that stuff!) Thanks for the link. The light you made is really cool! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 03-07-2012 01:05 AM

really slick bob. the grain comin outta that wood is really neat

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 03-07-2012 01:10 AM

New to me too.
Ha. Steampunk – Sheila you so with it.

Looks nice. Good job and thanks for the idea. (imaginary light bulb over the top of my head just came on)

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 03-07-2012 04:47 AM

Great Retro! Simplicity Stands out, or is it up!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#8 posted 03-07-2012 05:06 AM

You know there are real bulbs, made by Edison, that still burn to this day? Like everything else in the world, they make em cheap now to sell us more (and more and more).

Great looking lamp, that grain is a beautiful surprise!

-- Welcome to downtown Coolsville, Population: US! --Hogarth Hughes

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#9 posted 03-07-2012 10:59 AM

Nice work Bob.

-- If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith. - Albert Einstein

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Francois Vigneron

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#10 posted 03-07-2012 11:28 PM

Nice project ! Every physics teacher should have that on his desk for the lesson on electricity. Had never seen that bulb before except in museums. By the way, if anyone gets the chance, go check out Edison’s birthplace museum in Milan, Ohio. Visited it a few years ago and it’s really nice.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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#11 posted 03-09-2012 03:08 AM

Yes, sometimes you get lucky and sometimes you just do good work. Nice project, well done.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#12 posted 03-13-2013 06:35 AM

Love the look of this, simple design but I love it!

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