Steampunk Desk Lamp

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Project by Peter Brown posted 05-05-2014 07:11 PM 2873 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here’s a video as well:

OK, so it’s one part wood turning and one part crafting and not to everyone’s taste but I really dig the outcome.

I bought some cool Edison style light bulbs a while back and just thought I needed to try this industrial thing. My office is very modern and it work for me.

I wanted to look like someone was locked in a basement with a bunch of junk and needed light, so they cobbled together whatever they could and came up with this. In all truth it’s kind of what happened!

I raided my shed and found a bunch of electrical and plumbing parts that I mashed into useless gears and buttons. I already want to build another one, maybe a bit more refined this time…

-- Peter Brown - Collector of WD-40 and wood splinters

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#1 posted 05-05-2014 07:26 PM

Very cool. I love the Steampunk stuff — some of it is pretty intricate, and visually appealing.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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#2 posted 05-05-2014 07:51 PM

You certainly captured the steampunk look.

I like the look of the bulb, but how much GLARE does the bare bulb put out just sitting on your desk like that. Ands is the bulb/socket SUPPOSED to hang by the wires?

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Peter Brown

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#3 posted 05-05-2014 07:59 PM


There is literally no glare, it is a 40Watt bulb and it’s a very orange light. I couldn’t even read by it. I think the iPhone camera makes it look intense.

As for the wire, yeah that was my intent. I knotted the wire, so there is no real weight on the screws.

-- Peter Brown - Collector of WD-40 and wood splinters

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#4 posted 05-05-2014 11:19 PM

Pretty cool man.

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#5 posted 05-06-2014 12:03 AM

Nice looking lamp! I like the industrial look to it.

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#6 posted 05-06-2014 07:02 AM

Nice job with the lamp and video. :-)
Steampunk anything is awesome.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#7 posted 05-06-2014 10:34 AM

Nice lamp. I, too, like steampunk , which is kinda weird for an old guy, huh?

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Peter Brown

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#8 posted 05-06-2014 04:22 PM


I just picked up some vacuum tubes, I might have to made an other one…

-- Peter Brown - Collector of WD-40 and wood splinters

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#9 posted 05-07-2014 03:48 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed Peter! Thanks For Posting.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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