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Baseball Lamp

Ever have an old bat and helmet laying around. Well now it is time to use that old kid's stuff for a nice house lamp. This can be used in a man cave, child's room, or just anywhere else in the house.

Baseball Lamp

While you can always buy at a lamp at the store to save you time and money, this guide will provide you with the tools to build a one of a kind.


Step #1:

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  • Take the wooden lamp and cut the plug from the wire.
  • Leave enough wire to reattach the plug after the lamp is assembled.
  • You can discard the vertical wooden support and the inner metal cylinder.
  • This should leave you with a round wooden base and the electrical part of the light element to use.

Step #2:

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  • On the butt of the batt, drill a 5/8" hole.
  • This hole will be used for support of the structure.
  • Locate a 5/8" hollow steel or pvc rod to be used in step 3.

Step #3:

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  • Cut the 5/8" diameter rod to roughly 12".
  • This measurement does not need to be exact as it will be inside the bat and not visible.
  • Drill a hole in the wooden base just slightly under 5/8" for the rod to fit into.
  • The rod will be pressed into the hole in the base and housed inside the bat to create a vertical support.

Step #4:

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  • Let the previous part sit aside for a little while and we will focus on the helmet now.
  • Remove the foam in the inside of the helmet as best you can.
  • This can be done using a knife, but not all needs to be removed.
  • The foam is removed to make the lamp safer as it could pose a fire hazard otherwise.

Step #5:

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  • Drill two 1/8" holes in the back of the helmet at the desired locations.
  • You can choose to the variety in bat lengths and helmet sizes.
  • These two holes will be used to attach the helmet to the bat as a light shade.

Step #6:

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  • Now lets finish up the work on the bat.
  • In the wide part of the bat, cut a rectangular notch into the side of the bat using a metal bandsaw or hacksaw.
  • This will be where the light fixture goes in the end.
  • Depending on the lightbulb used, this can be cut to different dimensions.
  • My rectangle is cut to be 2" and the width of the bat.
  • Locate this about 2" below the top of the bat the the light will be housed in the shade.

Step #7:

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  • Having cut the notch in the front half of the bat, you can now figure out placement for the helmet.
  • Take your helmet which has the two holes drilled in the back.
  • Line up where you wish to have the "shade" and mark the two holes off the helmet onto the bat.
  • My top hole is about half an inch from the top of the bat.
  • Place the two screws through the holes and tighten them down using the nuts.
  • This can be done using your fingers.
  • If tighten too much the helmet will crack.
  • You can now put the bat on the base for future use.

Step #8:

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  • The physical structure is done and now it is time for the light fixture itself.
  • Run the wire through the 150 degree pvc pipe connector.
  • This will help angle the bulb into the helmet shade.
  • Use liquid super glue to bond the pvc connector and bulb port.
  • This will need to sit a couple hours for the glue to dry.
  • My glue had dried in about 3 hours.

Step #9:

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  • String the wire through the bat and hollow steel rod.
  • Place the light fixture where you wish pointing out of the notch.
  • Tap the fixture in place and use super glue to fully secure.
  • This will also take about 3 hours and the tape should be left on until dry.
  • As that glue is drying the base can also be glued. That is between the wooden base and the butt of the bat.
  • Allow to dry before handling the lamp further.

Step #10:

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  • The final touches are added here!
  • Using the cut end of the wire, strip the plastic off and discard.
  • Lace the wire together having matched the containing plastic for grooved and nongrooved.
  • Use electrical tape to cover the exposed wire.

Step #11:

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  • Screw in a light bulb and plug your lamp in.
  • Turn it on and there you go, a unique lamp to enjoy.