The other day, I was waiting for lacquer on another project to dry and had a sudden idea for something. I’ve had these big chunks of angle-iron laying around, that I bought from the recycle yard for $1 each. I’ve used a few for little wall-mounted cell phone shelves, but then I thought about adding a little lamp for a reading light. I actually already had a piece of tubing bent in this shape left-over from something else, so I added a socket with a brass cap and mounted it to the angle steel.
I left the steel unpainted and lacquered it clear to prevent rusting. I really love the look of clear-coated natural steel (if you haven’t noticed). The socket cover is solid brass. Brass and raw steel get along just fine together.
The shelf isn’t huge or roomy, it’s meant for minimal pocket stuff you’d like to keep near the bed. Like your wallet or phone. I welded two small pins down below to hang some jewelry or keys on. The lamp head swivels around on a brass fitting to allow light direction change.
The only problem is…. we don’t really NEED shelves with lamps, since we already have bedside wall lamps :( But, like I said, I had an idea and thought it would be cool so I made it anyways. If anyone happens to like this and could find it useful, check my etsy page. This will most likely make it’s way there soon.