As I setup my new studio, I've had a need for a lamp for when I'm drawing or reading. After a run to the local reuse store, and the hardware store, I put together this lamp.
The same basic steps can be adapted to make a lamp out of really any object. Follow all the safety guidelines and instructions in your lamp kit.
List of Tools & Materials:
Lamp Kit: http://amzn.to/1MA2hqy
Steel Wool: http://amzn.to/1MA2xpm
Edison Bulb (Many options out there): http://amzn.to/1MA4bYg
Sand paper pack: http://amzn.to/20uDXAC
Drill (similar to the one I use): http://amzn.to/1QdggIN
*The amazon link are affiliate links, they don't cost you anything to use, but help keep my ink cans full.