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    One night while semi-asleep I knocked the lamp off my bedside table, sending it to the floor and breaking it into several pieces. I couldn't weld it back together so I made one that I could weld if it ever broke. I used a piece of chain and wrapped it around a pipe and welded it to make the base. Then I wrapped the rest around a 2x2 and welded all the links together. I had to add the 1/4" rods to the base because it was unstable after welding, this provided the needed stability. I used the socket and cord from the broken lamp to wire up the new one and then painted all of it. I used my MM140 and fluxcore wire to make this. I think some of y'all might want to build something like this for your self or somebody you know, or maybe make several.
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    Ok, i will say nice job ! Guess everybody saw it on the WELDING WEB FORUM.

    It is still neat !!! You gonna make a floor model ????

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    I have been thinking about it. Maybe a floor to ceiling type, with multiple lamp sockets at different heights. If I do I will probably make two of the same design and put one on each side of a set of windows in the living room. These could be secured to the floor and a ceiling joist so they couldn't get knocked over. And maybe make a shelf bracket on each one to hold some of the ole lady's dust catchers.
    I just thought I would post over here too, in case there are some members that don't know about WW yet.

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    good thinking. I do the same posting in multiple sites like others do on them. It's amazing the ideas people come up with. I might just do something with some of the chain I have too. There was a post I saw years ago for a mailbox. The guy used ANCHOR CHAIN!!! REAL BIG LINKS !!!!! I mean he had to use a backhoe or engine hoist just to move it. Links looked like 8" or 10" long. Huge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BD1 View Post
    good thinking. I do the same posting in multiple sites like others do on them. It's amazing the ideas people come up with. I might just do something with some of the chain I have too. There was a post I saw years ago for a mailbox. The guy used ANCHOR CHAIN!!! REAL BIG LINKS !!!!! I mean he had to use a backhoe or engine hoist just to move it. Links looked like 8" or 10" long. Huge.
    For anchor chains, those are REAL TINY. I've seen anchor chains that the links were about EIGHT FEET, yes FEET long. This was on the U.S.S. Constellation, a Nimitz class aircraft carrier, now that's a HUGE chain. The diameter of the link was like 2 feet across the steel. I don't think the floor in my house would support a lamp made out of one of those, I'm not sure the ground out in the yard would support it without it sinking in quite a ways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bistineau View Post
    For anchor chains, those are REAL TINY. I've seen anchor chains that the links were about EIGHT FEET, yes FEET long. This was on the U.S.S. Constellation, a Nimitz class aircraft carrier, now that's a HUGE chain. The diameter of the link was like 2 feet across the steel. I don't think the floor in my house would support a lamp made out of one of those, I'm not sure the ground out in the yard would support it without it sinking in quite a ways.
    There was a old video of actual footage of those huge chain links being forged by hand on one of these forums. It was awesome, guys swinging sledge hammers hoping that the head wouldn't fly off.

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