BP Petrol Globe Lamp

My parents bought me and my brother a reproduction petrol station globe each from a local antique shop, to be used as a lampshade of sorts.  They sold homemade bases in the same shop but they thought I’d fancy making one myself – rightly so! I made a base for my brother’s BP globe first (his initials – I’m told I’m partly to blame for him getting those initials because I noticed the coincidence when I was very young and he was due!). A separate post will be made for my Shell globe.

I made the entire base in about 2 hours on 16th August 2017 in a mainly yet-to-be-assembled workshop. There were no fancy electrics involved such as in-line switches, though I plan on doing that to my one when I get around to it.

I started off with a nice oak blank.

We had drawn around the neck of the globe and transferred that onto the blank. Recessing it slightly into the piece would keep it central and stop it being knocked off by accident. It also slightly raises the bulb from within.

I kept at it until we were happy with the shape.

Sanding sealer and some friction polish was then applied and buffed up.

I’d bought some 3-core cable from Maplin as well as the lamp bases and plugs. It didn’t need to be 3-core but I would rather use it as it’s handy to have this for other more power hungry projects. I am NOT an electrician and only followed the instructions that came with the lamp for this. Once this was installed, I turned it on its head to work on the base.

Using a hole saw bit on the drill press, I cut some discs of the 8 mm walnut (similar to that used on other projects) to serve as feet. I set out a square within the circle and glued these on. I had considered using the router to cut a groove through the base for the wire to sit in and not have feet but I usually prefer not to put things flat down as they tend to rock if the surface is slightly uneven, dusty or the house vibrates.

The lamp base wasn’t fully snapped shut and therefore it wasn’t level in the photo below or when the glue set, but that was no big deal. The wire was left loose, though I would like to have secured it to the base – an easy fix for the future.

I then stuck some of the plastic furniture protecting feet on each foot to give it some minor suspension.

I then apprehensively plugged it in via a protective socket and turned it on – worked first time! I only used a 3A fuse in this, as is common for low power lamps. The bulb I used was one I had lying around in an old lamp from the old house and could be upgraded. Perhaps a slightly green or yellow LED bulb would be better? A matter of taste.

With the glue still drying, he took it home with him and it’s now on the bedside table. It hasn’t caught fire, fused or short circuited yet, so that’s a win in my book.