Steam Punk Lamp

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    I am very excited about this one, about half finished. This picture doesn't yet have the lights on it but it will have three. I found this phone box Circa 1940 on Etsy. I actually bought three different ones and will get some more. I have almost all of the parts and will finish it this week. The large tuner on the right will turn on two of the vintage bulbs and another antique switch will turn on and dim the other bulb.

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    Love these lamps. Looking at doing a couple myself. Already subscribed to instructables. Cant wait to see how this one turns out.
     
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    I hope to finish this one tomorrow except for the bulbs which I had to special order. I also have to do some work inside the box to make the thing legal to sell. I need to have the electrical parts in metal as wood doesn't count here in New York.
     
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    I just finished this one and like all the others, this is my favorite and the most difficult to build. The base is a telephone box from 1940. The vintage radio tuner on the right turns on the lights in the glass. The light on top has it's own switch. The "tube" on top has a red LED in it to look like it's on. The electric and electronics are in a metal, electrical box inside so it's legal and not a fire hazard because you can't wire in wood.
    All I have left on it is to install an antique cord which I have. It's hard to see the lamp filaments but they are hand wound filaments and look very cool.

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    I agree. I like this one the most. :thumbup:
     
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    Thanks, I have another telephone box from 1920 that has two bells on top. I am designing one for that.
    What are you doing awake. Isn't it like the middle of the night where you are?
     
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    Cant wait to see that one as well. Showed my wife the lamps you made and now she wants me to make them as well. Just lost my spare time, lol.
    It's about 10pm here. Around my bedtime but cant sleep due to being on stand-by and the waiting for a call is a killer.
     
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    This one is about 3/4 done. The small tube will have a red light in it and there will be some sort of dimmer knob on the front. It may also have a cage around the bulb.



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    This one is about half completed. You can see the tubes light up. The crank mechanism was originally inside the box and it was used in 1920 as a telephone call box. It had a phone on top and when you cranked it, the bell would ring at a switchboard somewhere and you told the operator who you wanted to be connected with. I re built the mechanism and the generator now works. I am not sure yet what cranking the thing will do but it will certainly do something.

    Of course it will have a large Vintage bulb on top with a cage and probably other things I have not designed yet. It will also have a gauge in front. I love this thing.



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    Finished. The crank turns on some very bright LEDs on the front left. The tubes and gauge light up and the bulb is dimmable. I think I will keep this one.

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    There are a few pictures of my lamps on the internet and the people I bought this last phone box put the finished lamp on their web site and it seems they are a hit. Quite a few people want to buy them. I didn't know so many people liked Steam Punk.
    I am all excited to know people appreciate them. Who Knew! :biggrin:
     
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    That will be my last Steam Pun lamp for a while. I am working on a Steam Punk angler fish that so far is coming out very well but it is a real pain to build. I am designing as I go along and get all excited when I complete another step.
    It will be electrified but am not sure it can be called a lamp. I am not sure what it will be called, probably scrap metal but I will see. :001_huh:
     
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    The beginnings of my Steam Punk Angler Fish.



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    My "Nuclear powered" Steam Punk fish is completed.



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    Next level awesomeness.
     
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    Thank you. Now I don't know what to make of the next level. :001_cool:
     
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    How is the new one coming along? It is 3/4s finished. I still need to finish wiring it, install the "nuclear Reactor and the base.

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    Here it is next to the finished one.



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