Vintage Tripod Lamp
Looking for a unique gift for the photographer in your life? This Vintage Tripod Lamp from Jessica Hill would be perfect! Made with an old vintage camera tripod, this one of a kind lamp is great for thrifty crafters! If you can find a tripod that's adjustable, you could make it high or low enough to brighten any room in your home. This is a great accent piece with a lot of character!
- 1 wooden tripod
- Eye hooks
- Chain (3 1-foot chains)
- Lamp to take apart
- Hex nut
- Cord kit
- To ensure the tripod will stand securely, I had to link the three legs together. I started by drilling a guide hole in the legs just below the brass detailing, two on each leg.
- I used a pliers to open each of six eye hooks just enough to be able to attach a length of chain.
- Then I carefully screwed each eye hook into place.
- The legs of the camera tripod are adjustable, so I could make the lamp as tall as I wanted! After adjusting the length of the legs, I removed them from the circular center of the tripod to make the next steps easier.
- After removing the hardware from the center of the tripod, I took a threaded post from the center of an old table lamp and put it through the hole.
- I secured the threaded post on the underside of the tripod center with a hex nut.
- I bought a cord kit from a home improvement store, which was then inserted into the threaded post and up through the center of the tripod.
- I salvaged a lamp socket from the old table lamp and screwed it onto the threaded post. Then I pulled the wiring through.
- After reading some great instructions on the Internet, I rewired the electrical cord to the lamp socket.
- This is what the lamp socket looks like once it is all put together (with the harp attachment in place).
- To support the legs of the tripod, lengths of chain need to connect each leg to the other two. I asked the saleslady at the home improvement store to cut me three lengths of chain, each a foot long, from the store’s bulk chain aisle.
- After reattaching the legs to the center of the tripod, I determined how long each length of support chain should be. This took some trial and error until the lamp was adequately stable.
- Originally I thought I would have to cut the the excess chain from each length, but I found that I could just drape the excess back to the first eye hook again. I think it adds another elegant detail to the lamp.
- All the great parts of the original camera tripod are still visible, even in its new life as a floor lamp.
- All that was left to do was to add the harp, lampshade and finial to the base. I reclaimed all those parts from that same unused table lamp that provided the lamp socket, so they were free too!
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