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Hi all! So, this might be a bit complicated for a first attempt lamp building, but I'd really love to try to replicate (or come close to) this awesome Edison bulb lamp I saw on Etsy (for my own use - not to sell) https://www.etsy.com/listing/4895851...able-lamp-desk.

I've been doing some research and have found some great resources for supplies and some decent tutorials/instructions for DIY lamps, but was wondering if anyone can weigh in on the easiest way to go about it? I was thinking it might be easier to use something like this triple socket pendant light cord kit http://a.co/5sCNh2I and take apart the sockets so I can thread the cords through holes drilled in the wood base rather than trying to start from scratch and do all the wiring myself. Thoughts? Thanks in advance!
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Since http://a.co/5sCNh2I are designed to hang downwards, you will have a problem in that you will also need threaded bases for these fittings.

I suggest that you search for "Edison Lamp Bases"
For example, see http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-Pack-Bron...418423?hash=item2a70c27477:g:rCMAAOSwLF1X2AZ3 for a range of such items including http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-Pack-Bron...418423?hash=item2a70c27477:g:rCMAAOSwLF1X2AZ3, which includes bases.
 

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Right. I understand that the ones I linked too are meant for hanging (sort of inherent in the whole "pendant" lighting thing) and that I would need some kind of base. I probably should have mentioned that in my original post. I was thinking about using something like these metal caps to make bases for them http://vintagewireandsupply.com/metal-cap-1-1-4-antique-brass/ (I get that I'd need other parts to make that happen). Seemed like it still might be easier/safer than having to do all of the wiring from scratch.
 

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Right. I understand that the ones I linked too are meant for hanging (sort of inherent in the whole "pendant" lighting thing) and that I would need some kind of base. I probably should have mentioned that in my original post. I was thinking about using something like these metal caps to make bases for them http://vintagewireandsupply.com/metal-cap-1-1-4-antique-brass/ (I get that I'd need other parts to make that happen). Seemed like it still might be easier/safer than having to do all of the wiring from scratch.
You need "fittings" with and internal thread on the wiring inlet which mounts on an externally threaded tube attached to a "base".
The holders in https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MZD37A3/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_dp_n7mQybART0MSB may have an internal thread but you still need threaded bases.
The items to which you referred above are purely decorative caps with no means of attaching to the "Edison Lamp Holders".
 

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You need "fittings" with and internal thread on the wiring inlet which mounts on an externally threaded tube attached to a "base".
The holders in https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MZD37A3/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_dp_n7mQybART0MSB may have an internal thread but you still need threaded bases.
The items to which you referred above are purely decorative caps with no means of attaching to the "Edison Lamp Holders".
I get that. I mentioned in my last reply that I knew if I used something like those metal caps that I would need additional parts to complete the bases. :smile:
 

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Threaded pipe and nuts will work just fine.
Cool. I was thinking something along those lines - trying to find a decorative sort of base I like (like the caps or something similar) and then using pipe etc. I was thinking I could order the kit from Amazon and, once I get it, check to see if it looks like it will work the way I'm thinking (and if not, just send it on back). I'm hoping there would be no major issue with opening up the sockets to get the wires out so I can thread them through the bases etc.
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Cool. I was thinking something along those lines - trying to find a decorative sort of base I like (like the caps or something similar) and then using pipe etc. I was thinking I could order the kit from Amazon and, once I get it, check to see if it looks like it will work the way I'm thinking (and if not, just send it on back). I'm hoping there would be no major issue with opening up the sockets to get the wires out so I can thread them through the bases etc.
Thanks!
From https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MZD37A...p_n7mQybART0MSB?tag=vs-home-convert-amazon-20, it appears that the sockets concerned are "normal" threaded sockets with an extra screw clamp on the wires. (However, from the photo, I note that the "original" screws in the sockets themselves appear to have been removed. Without them - or replacements - you will not be able to clamp the sockets to any threaded tubing! This may not matter, since you would be screwing them down to the nut holding the threaded tube in place and they would not be touched under the glass. )

For your purpose, you would need to loosen each clamp, dis-assemble the socket, disconnect the wires, remove the clamp, mount the socket on a base (or threaded tube - with appropriate nuts - through the base board), insert the wires through the tube etc. reconnect the wires and re-assemble the socket.
However, for neatness and to avoid three wires being seen entering the lamp base, you may need to shorten and re-terminate the three individual leads to the sockets.

Apart from your electrical skills, how are your carpentry skills?
Even if you acquire a ready made domed glass (such as http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Plymor-B...723709?hash=item2c948b627d:g:m18AAOSwwTlUqHz4, you would need to modify the base or attach a second base (grooved or hollowed to cover the wires (and nuts) underneath the "original" base.

You should also provide appropriate "strain relief" on the main lead where it enters the base(s).

Good luck.
 
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