Friday, August 11, 2017

Hanging Lamp from Antique Carriage Singletree

Customers often bring in sentimental (and non-sentimental) items to make into lamps. The other day a customer brought in this antique carriage part that we later identified as a singletree.

It was in good shape. They said they wanted to turn it into a 3 light hanging lamp with simple lines and design. We brainstormed for a few moments and came up with a list of needed lamp parts to make this possible. Part of our goal is to not modify the singletree in any way.

3 - Antique Brass Sockets

3 - Antique Brass Loops

1 -  Antique brass hook for center socket

3- 1/2" threaded rods
1/8IP Hex Nut

1/8IP Locking Washer

6 foot of chain

12 inches of double jack black chain

12 foot of SPT-1 brown cord

2 Zinc Plated Pin-up Bracket (we'll explain)
Modern Style Screw Collar Canopy

First, we wire all three sockets and attach the loops on the threaded rods. The two side sockets use 4 1/2 feet of cord and the middle socket uses the other 3 feet of cord (12 foot total). Remember the smooth wire connects to the brass screw terminal and to tie a UL knot in the cord below the socket interior.

The tow ends of the singletree have hooks for our socket loops. We will need to install a loop in the middle of the singletree for our middle socket. Using the zinc pin-up brackets, we make a bracket to hold our hook and fasten it to the already made holes in the singletree.

Next, we hang the sockets on the hooks add the chain and route the cord up the chain to the canopy.

The smaller double jack chain is used to hold the large decorative chain to the outer brackets and to hold all three chains together in the middle of the fixture.

The canopy is connected to the center chain and the cords are pushed up the screw collar loop hole.

The customer wanted to use the bare Edison bulb look for the lights. For testing we added 3 over-sized Edison bulbs for a large dramatic effect.

Perfect. This fixture is ready for a rustic dining room or over a bar. We were able to keep the singletree completely intact with no new holes or other modifications.

Total time < 2.5 hours Total Cost < $60.00 (price can vary depending on the style of chain and canopy used).