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Cigar box lamp, MK I

I really enjoy making things out of cigar boxes. I’m working on some instruments, but for quick and dirty fun you can’t beat a simple table lamp. Here’s what I used:

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  • cigar box
  • cord and plug assembly
  • electrical wire
  • wire caps
  • socket
  • vintage-style bulb
  • toggle switch
  • hand drills and bits
  • needle files
  • pliers
  • wire snippers
  • compass
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • clamp
  • brush
  • tea
  • more tea

To work!

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First off, I marked where I wanted the power cord to come into the box.

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Clamped and drilled.

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Wire’s through the hole, with an underwriter’s knot to keep it there. Very handy trick, that knot.

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The plug goes onto the other end of the wire.

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Next I drilled a hole for the toggle switch, on the top of the box.

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I didn’t have a big enough bit, so I used a file to enlarge the hole.

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And now it fits!

 

 

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This is where things got…interesting. I measured out how big a hole I’d need to fit the socket into the box.

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I bored holes along the diameter with the drill and then used my needle files to cut between them. Would have been nice to have a hole saw right about now.

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This took a while. And required more tea.

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Finally! The socket fit in place. This model was keyless, with springy tangs on the side to keep it in place.

 

 

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Now that everything was in place, I wired it up and prayed (I hadn’t made anything electrical before).

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The finished lamp

 

 

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It works! Damn was it bright, though. 60w bulb, but that long squirrel cage filament is a doozie.

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Photo taken with the shutter speed waaay up to capture the filament.