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Project by drsurfrat posted 03-12-2021 09:06 PM 902 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found some old porcelain electrical parts and they compelled me to make this. It was fascinating to see what, I think, were standard parts before OSHA. I’ve seen picture of basements wired like this. I buffed the brass and copper slightly, and for the new brass screws and plates, I antiqued with some Caswell blackening goo. The knife switch is especially cool.

I wanted it to look a bit like framing, but not with pine/fir/whitewood, so I used ash. No sandpaper, just hand planes and scraping. The base is a chunk of synthetic marble, so it isn’t so top-heavy.

Electrically, it’s all 12v (like landscaping lights) so that it is safe. I used copper and aluminum for the exposed bare wires, and to juxtapose the old and new, the bulbs are solid state LEDs. Even though the D in LED stands for diode, I didn’t have to pay attention to the polarity; the new bulbs inner circuitry takes 12VDC either direction.

-- Mike (near Boston) ... Laziness is the mother of invention, necessity is the mother of exhaustion - me





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ohwoodeye

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#1 posted 03-12-2021 09:59 PM

I’ll give you $10 if you lick it.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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Madmark2

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#2 posted 03-12-2021 10:07 PM

Love the knife switch and exposed wiring. It needs a Jacob’s Ladder! LOL

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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splintergroup

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#3 posted 03-12-2021 10:15 PM

I like me the Jacob’s ladders! As a kid I used my big neon transformer for that.

Something like that could change your floor lamp from some type of pre-iron age steam punk into full tilt franken-punk. Heck, with the Jacob’s ladder I’d wager ohwoodeye would drop you a Jackson note for a lick 8^)

I love the smell of ozone in the morning!

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Eric

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#4 posted 03-13-2021 12:03 AM

There were a lot of things that worked well before OSHA got involved, that turned out to be a neat project. For samples of electricity, I see you have a few open screws, you could add a knob an tube circuit.

Great job

-- Eric, building the dream

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Andre

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#5 posted 03-13-2021 01:15 AM

Well it is different:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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drsurfrat

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#6 posted 03-13-2021 01:22 AM

Marc. That would be bitchen’. but I don’t think I can get a Jacobs ladder w 12V :)

Eric – what do you mean a knob and tube circuit? I am curious as to what you had in mind.

ohwoodeye – I believe my answer is ‘ahwoodint’

Thanks all.

-- Mike (near Boston) ... Laziness is the mother of invention, necessity is the mother of exhaustion - me

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drsurfrat

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#7 posted 03-13-2021 01:25 AM

Well it is different:)
- Andre

Yes, my wife is being charitable letting me leave it in the house. She does appreciate the coolness factor.

-- Mike (near Boston) ... Laziness is the mother of invention, necessity is the mother of exhaustion - me

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Eric

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#8 posted 03-13-2021 01:26 AM

Old school electrical wiring in a early to mid century homes. The wires are separated 10” – 12” supported with porcelain insulators.

-- Eric, building the dream

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recycle1943

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#9 posted 03-13-2021 02:20 PM

Design and the allusion of 120v circuitry makes this an OUTSTANDING piece of art – A well deserved DT3

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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Craftsman on the lake

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#10 posted 03-13-2021 02:21 PM

Additions:
An old (but refurbished) Ahhoooga automobile horn from the turn of the century. (Why? I don’t know.)

A crystal radio with a phonograph horn on the top to amplify it. (Okay, that’s a bit strange).

Love this btw….

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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grovemadman

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#11 posted 03-14-2021 03:49 PM

I see a lot of old electrical work in many of these old bungalow style homes here in California. I come from a family of Union electricians and it still amazes me that this was once the code. My late Father, Grandfather and uncle all assure me it’s safe even though it looks like a disaster waiting to happen. Cool Project!

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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drsurfrat

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#12 posted 03-14-2021 03:58 PM

Thanks grovemadman. I grew up in San Diego, and they also have a section with bungalow style houses. Have you been to the Greene and Green house in Pasadena? Endless craftsman inspiration as far as I am concerned.

-- Mike (near Boston) ... Laziness is the mother of invention, necessity is the mother of exhaustion - me

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