Opportunity to make this wood block Edison lamp came to me in the form of a birthday of a very dear friend. He had moved into his new house and was still in the process of setting up his room. It was also the month of his birthday and I thought of making a handsome bedside lamp as his birthday present. This is what I came up with, an Edison lamp with a cell phone holder. This lamp started it’s life as this humble wood block of 3.5″X3.5″ thickness. Nothing special to boast about, but with a huge potential with a little bit if imagination.
I had just purchased my router and was very excited to try that out on this project. I routed a slot for the cell phone with a pattern bit in multiple passes. It is not perfect, but not bad, in my humble opinion, for a beginner. I drilled a hole for the lamp base. I also drilled a hole on the side of the block for the wiring, which can not be seen in this picture, but you can see that in the picture of finished lamp.
I painted an abstract geometric pattern on the wood base and spray painted the lamp socket, steel gray with this spray paint, I had on hand.The process of painting the base was pretty straight forward. Tape with masking tape in the desired manner, 2 coats of paint, take off tape while the paint is still tacky, lightly sand, and varnish. After letting the varnish cure for about 24 hours, I wired the lamp and covered the bottom of the wood block with anti skid shelf liner which would keep the lamp from moving. Here is how this lamp turned out.
From the other side;