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Compact Standard Lamp


This is a nice easy project using readily available parts from the local DIY and general stores. It's a compact standard lamp approximately 1100mm tall made from a 250mm round bread board (from The Range), a 41mm x 900mm hemlock stair spindle (from Wickes) and a 150mm x 300mm conical lampshade (from George Asda). Other parts required are a mains plug, some 2 core mains cable and trunking (optional), a switched bulb holder and a 
1/2" threaded brass back plate. Oh... and some screws and a bulb. The photos at the end of the page show the general idea but I'll give a brief description anyway

I would liked to have been able to drill a hole for the cable all the way through the spindle top to bottom but I just don't have the means to do that. So instead I went as far as I could down from the top with a 6mm x 150mm drill and then made another hole at the back for an exit. This hole is drilled at an upwards angle and then carefully filed and sanded so that it ends up oval in shape. This makes it easier to push the cable through and gives a neater appearance. The cable can just hang down or if preferred, be kept tidy with a length of 16mm x 600mm half circle profile trunking from B&Q which actually has a matching wood grain effect!

Before assembly, the spindle is given a wipe over with linseed oil to bring out the grain and add a bit of protection. The spindle is attached to the bread board with a 30mm M5 bolt that screws into an M5 threaded hex drive insert at the base of the spindle. The bulb holder is attached to the top of the spindle using a 1/2" threaded brass back plate secured by three 3mm x 25mm wood screws

Although this description relates to parts available here in the UK, I would guess that similar items are also obtainable in other parts of the world. It's a very simple idea, and the compact height and small footprint make this lamp perfect for many locations, for example, placed at the end of a sofa or in a hallway. The shade of course should be chosen to reflect the mood
        


       

               Bulb holder with brass mount                                    Cable entering trunking (Top)                                  Cable exiting trunking (Bottom)


       

                     Full length view of rear                                     Underside of base with hex insert                                          The finished lamp


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