Musical Floor Lamp

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Project by mpounders posted 01-05-2014 08:59 PM 1166 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife has been wanting to replace a floor lamp in our living room for sometime, but she wanted something different. We have always loved antiques and architectural accents and just had not found the exact thing we were looking for. Then Georgia was inspired and had me make these pieces. Our church was originally built with a pipe organ, and these are made from some of the organ pipes. These are probably around 100 years old, and may have originally been used in a movie theater, according to an older church member. The organ had fallen into disrepair and had been replaced many years ago, but the pipes remained in the loft. The church managed to sell part of them to a gentleman in Texas who worked on and restored pipe organs, but we found little interest elsewhere. My wife and I couldn’t just let these get thrown away, so we bought a lot (and there are still some left at the church), hoping to find some decorative or functional use for them. It was fairly easy to convert these to lamps, since they were hollow. I just had to drill a hole in the chamber at the top for the wire, saw off the air tube at the top and add a yoke for the lamp and shade, and add a base for the bottom. I also used a piece of the air tube for the finial on top. They look like the original pipes and we are pleased to save something that is a part of our history.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 01-05-2014 09:11 PM

Nice save. The piece looks like it was always meant to be a lamp. And I know what you mean about having a piece of your “history” saved….

We lived for about 11 years in a small town on the west side of GA and when we were re-modeling our church basement I saved a bunch of the old 100 year old tongue and groove pine paneling from the walls as we tore it out.
Then when I took out the old metal spiral staircase in our house and built new steps to the basement I used that old pine to panel the sides of the staircase. I also saved a set of old French doors from the church and replaced the sliding glass doors that lead out to our back yard. When I closed in the first side of the stairwell I used a sharpie and wrote on the inside of the wall a bit of the “history” of the wood and doors, telling it’s age and that it had come from the basement of the church. Who knows, sometime in the future if someone is ever doing a remodel of our old basement, maybe they’ll find that bit of history that I left inside the wall :-)

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#2 posted 01-05-2014 09:20 PM

Oh I almost forgot… A few years later I built a birdhouse from the last pieces of that old pine to look “kinda” like the church building ( steeple and all). I presented it to our Pastor and his wife and at first he was just “Thanks Joe, nice birdhouse. It’ll look nice hung outside in the yard.”

Then I told him to get a flashlight to peek in the hole and read the INSIDE of the back wall. I had written “old paneling from the basement of FBC” on the inside). He saw it and his eyes welled up and he said “Oh no. This thing will NEVER be hung outside to get dirty. This stays here IN the house!” And he grabbed me and gave me a big ol bear hug!

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#3 posted 01-05-2014 10:17 PM

Very kool. Very unique Mike.

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

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#4 posted 01-06-2014 12:11 AM

Pretty cool project. I always love when something with ‘significance’ can be salvaged and reused. Good work!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#5 posted 01-06-2014 01:34 AM

Krptically Kewl

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#6 posted 01-06-2014 08:16 PM

Seems like you could use that material for something musical, like a tongue drum or.. .something…

I was thinking you could carve some boxes made out of that material too.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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