So. If you’re following me on Instgram – or Facebook you might have seen these jack stands when I got them at a yard sale 2 months ago. I posted a picture of them and people had lots of suggestions for what I could do with them…but I knew they wanted to be lamps. They had to wait through the Fall for their moment in the sun but I think it was worth it. Deep down inside they really wanted to be Christmas lamps…
Well. My pretty little pair of Junky lamps is going to be in very good Christmas company today! The Junkers have united once again for another Junk roundup – and we have new recruits! A few more Junkers have joined the ranks and I CANNOT WAIT to see what they are bringing to the table. I’m really excited to see all of the Christmas Junk projects this year – I’m really in the spirit! I’m going to show you my project, give you the quick tutorial, and then send you off to visit all of the rest of the Christmas Junk!
I live in a fairly small town and we have a couple of small town hardware stores. When I knew I wanted to make a lamp, I went right in and asked the person who does rewiring to help me put together the parts and pieces to light these things up. He was super helpful and it was even more simple than I thought it would be! And really inexpensive. All of the hardware for BOTH lamps was under $15.
(I paid $5 for the jack stands)
Here’s what I needed:
For each lamp –
1 threaded rod
1 socket assembly
1 cord assembly
– and one jack stand… and you may also want a lightbulb and a lampshade….for the whole effect.
Note: My task was made WAY easier because there was already a hole down the middle of my jack stand.
There are lots of different kinds of jack stands – and they don’t all have holes. You could drill a hole in some of them – if you had the right tools. Or you could possibly use a clamp to attach your light fixture to the jack stand – I’ve seen it done that way, too.
I’m not going to give a lot of advice on how to wire a lamp. This was my first one – and it was easy. Really easy. I’m not an electrician and I’m not going to play one on this blog. Follow the directions FOR REAL. It will only take you an extra 3 minutes…and you won’t burn your house down.
Here’s how it went together:
Essentially, I threaded the wire through the rod and sent the rod through the center part of the jack stand up from the bottom. Make sure the plug end is where it should be – hanging out the bottom end of your lamp. The bare wires should be sticking out the top. One set of nut and washers goes inside the stand and the other goes on the top. The two sets together (one inside and outside) hold the threaded rod in place at whatever height you choose. Attach the socket assembly to the wires according the directions and you’ve got yourself a lamp!
Once they were built I got to do the fun part of setting them up in my kitchen for Christmas! I’m so glad this project was due today because now my kitchen is looking all spiffy for the Holidays!!
Thanks for reading! I hope you liked these Vintage Jack Stand Lamps as much as I do! Please, go on and visit the rest of the Junkers and see what they have up their Christmas Sleeves!
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