I had this piece of metal I wanted to use. I thought of different ways to make it vertical, but decided to make use of it’s tilt. I got the materials together that I thought I would need, and got to work.
I was going to have to drill a hole for the socket, so I put the block of Hickory wood into the vise at the proper tilt. Then, I could drill the hole straight down.
I sanded the wood and oiled it with Butcher’s Block conditioner. I ran the lighting wires up through the bottom and connected them to the socket.
To hold the metal to the wood base, I marked and drilled three holes, and hammered cut nails into the base. Being careful to check that they were in just the right place and at the right angle before hammering them completely. I screwed in the vintage style bulb, and voila’. Then I cleaned my work space. I’m trying to make a habit of that now.