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« on: October 27, 2006 01:44:53 AM »

I found a beautiful Sunbeam cooker/deep fryer at a thrift store. Just seven bucks! But what would I do with it? I'm not really into boiling big pots of oil in my apartment...

Ta-da! Presenting the Sunbeam Cooker Lamp:

I stripped the cooker of its heating element, thermostat, and original wiring, and rewired it for glorious electric light. The little bulb in the dial had burnt out, so I replaced it with a couple little neon lamps from radio shack. I wanted the dial to stay lit at all times, even when the lamp was off, so I wired it accordingly.

Speaking of wiring, I didn't want to have an ugly lamp cord coming out of the back, so I set it up to use the original cooker cord, which can still be pulled out of the side of the pot.

There's a dimmer in the base, so turning the dial on the front dims the light. Getting that to work was the hardest part of the whole process--all the rest was just simple drilling and running wires.

The lamp shade is the frying basket that came with the cooker. The metal pipe is from the ceiling fan aisle of Home Depot, with a nice brushed nickel finish to match the rest of the lamp. The fixture and shade holder also came from Home Depot. Total cost, cooker included, was about $40. Not bad for a Sunbeam Cooker Lamp, eh?
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2006 02:01:49 AM »

Wow! That is really Cool!
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2006 03:54:06 AM »

Wow! That is way cool! Beats all the standard lamps!
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2006 05:23:09 AM »

Brilliant!  Unique and made me smile.  Great way to recycle.
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2006 06:30:52 AM »

Cool!  I especially love the frying basket shade, and the lit dial.  This is definitely the kind of project I would plan in theory, and then leave the cooker sitting in my closet forever.  So props to you for carrying it out, and so well, too!

Although it does pain me a little to think of how many tasty, tasty onion rings could've been made with your lamp Wink
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2006 07:34:19 AM »

That is some serious cool.  Great job - I want one!
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« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2006 09:36:15 AM »

That is so unique!

« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2006 01:48:57 PM »

Oh My God! I wish that i was talented enough to pull something like that off. Absolutely amazing. And i could only imagine the comments you will get on that guy!
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« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2006 02:56:45 PM »

Awesome job - especially love the dial.  Wish I was as talented with wiring!

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« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2006 11:25:09 PM »

So very kewl!  LOVE the dimmer, and the 'shade', it really makes a statement!  Hubby thinks it's awesome too!

Bravo for actually DOING the project!

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