HOME TABLE LAMP
It’s a new creation and very simple. You will have to involve the use of your skill and imagination.
Materials and Tools:
Decorative object to be used as the base drill with a 3/8-inch bit
block of PVC Pipe
four wooden button caps for lamp base
threaded lamp PVC Pipe with screw
lamp kit, including lamp cord, socket and harp
utility knife or wire strippers
1. Drill a hole through the center of the item you’re using as a base. It may be necessary to mount the item on a block of PVC pipe to create a sturdy base, in which case you’ll need to drill a hole in the block of pipe as well.
2. Paint the button caps to match your base. Glue the button caps to the bottom of the base. This will raise the base and allow a lamp cord to pass under it.
3. Using a hacksaw cut the lamp pipe to the desired length and file off any rough edges. Thread the lamp pipe through the bottom of the decorative object and pipe base. Use secure the pipe from the underside of the base.
4. To make the lamp cord easier to thread through the pipe, place masking tape around the end or the cord. Then thread the lamp cord through the lamp rod from the bottom of the base until you have about 5 inches of cord sticking out of the top of the pipe.
5. Thread the socket components onto the lamp cord in this order: the lock nut, the neck, the harp holder and the socket cap. Be sure to screw the socket cap onto the pipe securely; this is what holds all the other parts in place.
6. Pull about 2 inches’ worth of the lamp-cord wire apart. Use a utility knife or wire strippers to strip off ½-inch of insulation from each wire, being careful not to cut the wire.
7. To prevent the wires from being pulled back through the lamp pipe, tie an underwriter’s knot by making a loop with each end of the wire. Hold the end of one loop in front of the joined cord and the other loop behind the joined cord. Pass each end through the loop formed by the opposite wire and tighten the knot. To be sure the knot is secure, pull on the plug end of the lamp cord.
8. Attach the wires to the socket. To make sure there are no frayed ends, twist the strands of the exposed wire in a clockwise direction. The neutral wire, which is usually ribbed, is connected to the silver terminal. The hot wire is connected to the brass terminal. Bend the wire around the screw in the same direction that the screw will be turned and tighten.
9. Tuck the wires down and fit the socket cap in place. When the socket cap clicks, you’ll know the connection is secure.
10. Add the harp and a lampshade.