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Subject: Re: Digital divide by ten, 1949 style
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Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2002 13:53:37 GMT
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> >They can be made into interesting lamps.
> >Just mount the tube front down on a wooden
> >base, and place the light fixture on top of the
> >plug. The simple way is to just let the cord
> >remain outside of the tube, keeping the tube
> >whole. If you're clever, you can let air into
> >the tube and drill a hole in the face of the tube
> >and through the plug running a hollow rod
> >holding the cord up the center of the tube.
> >The big trick here is doing this without totally
> >destroying the "innards" of the tube. Either
> >way, makes an interesting conversation
> >piece. With two of them you can have
> >matched end table lamps for your couch.
> IIRC, the glass in the tube is too thin for this sort of application,
> but, it is an interesting idea.
I chose not to open up the one I had and so just
glued the faceplate to a fancy piece of wood
(obtained from a lamp shop intended to be the
base of a lamp) and using a glob of epoxy glue
attached a threaded fitting to the top of the
connector for attaching the lamp socket (the
threaded fitting was the base of an old lamp
socket), leaving the lamp cord dangling outside
the tube. I wasn't sure my glass cutting skills
were up to the task of opening the tube but I
had seen the successful results of people having
done this. This was 25+ years ago.