I love being able to get back out in my workshop.... it's my equivalent to anti-depressants, without the Dr. bill.
I picked up this old oil parlor heater at a flea market back in the spring.
It has sat mocking me in the corner of my cluttered workshop ever since, knowing that I didn't have time to work on it.
Originally, this old heaters had a tank inside with a wick. You the heater much like a kerosene lantern - only it was intended to produce heat for a small room instead of light. I've used heaters like this before, and to be honest they don't put out much heat. There's no fan (obviously) and the heat from burning wick doesn't produce all that much heat - even a large tubular wick like the ones used in the heaters.
At any rate, what I chose to do with the heater doesn't change it usefulness as a heater - should I ever decide to convert it back to that function. I still have the burner and tank from inside.
My plan for the heater was as plantstand, that also looked cool. I did want the heater to look like it was functional, though, so I cobbled together a flicker light fixture out of some spare lamp parts and the back of an old alarm clock case:
I repainted the shell in a color scheme that was pleasing to me, and put the "new" lighting fixture inside. It puts off a really warm light, and is a lot brighter than it looks in the pictures - especially when the lights are low. The flicker bulbs look like real flames jumping around through the grill badge, which I thought cleaned up really well.