Finished one side of the backyard fence project this weekend, in spite of the all day rain we had Friday. Looks really good and should last a lot longer than the crap fence my neighbor put up last time. I'll try to work on the short front section and gate over Thanksgiving - weather and time permitting.
The Display table project for my Daughter's Christmas present is progressing nicely, too. Should be able to get it done by Christmas with no problem. I even had a couple of minutes this weekend to work on a lamp project.
A while back, we picked up a crappy looking old ceiling light fixture at a flea market:
Doesn't look like much, but the Mrs and I really dug the heavy glass shade. Its extremely thick and heavy. Glass on lamps today tends to be really thin and light. I'm pretty sure that I could bludgeon someone with this bad boy and not even crack it.
As you can see, the fixture itself is pretty worthless. The wiring is brittle and the metal is sad looking.
We both thought the same thing when we saw this old mess: Fairy Lamp. The glass shade would be perfect for a modern take off on the old Victorian Fairy Lamps. I found an Ebay store a while back that carries modern castings for replacement lamp parts. I ordered a short base that we liked.
The glass shade is pretty narrow, so I cut the old shade holder (harp) off the ceiling fixture and soldered it to the harp bracket for the new lamp. I picked up a bakelite pull chain socket from the hardware store and put everything together with left over connectors and a threaded lamp rod scrap. A coat of paint and an electric cord, and I was done:
It has a 25 watt bulb, which is just about perfect for beside use. The old glass gives off a nice, diffused, almost amber tinted light.