Ok here it goes, I have had alot of requests for putting together a tutorial for making antler lamps so here it goes. These are the lamps I made for the OT acution.
First arange the antlers in a way that is pleasing to the eye. ( if making a matched set, it works best when using a right and left of a couple of "pairs" for each lamp.
Once aranged the way you like use hot melt glue and glue the heck out of the contact points. Use as much glue as you need so they WONT move on you! This is a very important step that I learned through experience that will help you later in the building process.
Once the glue cools, drill pilot holes for drywall screws at all the contact points big enough to screw together, go completly through the first antler ans almost through the conecting antler.
Once you have your pilot holes drilled mark all the holes where the screw will enter with a sharpie, and also mark where you want your wire to exit at the bottom of the upright antler.
Now pull apart all of your horns and clean the hot glue off of them by peeling and scraping with a knife, and then get a big drill bit in this case I used a 3/8 x 12" bit found at sears or almost any hardware store.
It's now time to drill! Start by drilling half way through the antler's that are marked with sharpie to accept screw heads.
Now it't time to plan your route! If I can I will drill from both sides and meet in the middle without blowing any holes.
Once you get to this point you know you are as far as you can go so flip the antler over and drill through the base and try to meet your first hole.
In this particular case I met the holes, but they didn't align up good enough to get the wire through. So I went back to the first hole and continued drilling untill I blew out the side.
when this happens drill back into the hole you just blew out of in the direction you are going to run your wireing to connect the 2 holes.
Now it is time to run your wireing. If you blow out the side it's easy to run, but if you didn't and you are having trouble getting the wireing to go through blow twine through the hole with an air compressor and tie off to your wireing and pull on the string while pushing your wire through, but in this case you can see it was easy to wire and I didn't need to do that.
Now all that is left to do is re-assemble the lamp and since we drilled pilot holes while it was temporarily assembled with glue everything should line up perfect.
I use apoxi sculpt to hold the threaded brass tube in for the lamp kit and fill all the holes. Once it's set you can paint to cover your repairs and then wire your light socket per instructions included with your lamp kit. IMPRORTANT: MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE CORRECT WIRE ATTACHED TO THE CORRECT COLOR SCREW IN THE LIGHT SOCKET!!.
And we are finished!
If you want to take it one step further and make a cool looking shade like I did with these lamps, take some window decals for your truck and place them on the inside of the lamp, but REMEMBER: It will be a reverse image of what it's suppose to be because they are being stuck on the inside of the lamp and not the outside of a truck window!!! If it wont look right, take your sticker to a custom decal shop and have them make a mirror image of what you have!
Good luck and let me know how this works for ya!!!
Also if you can't figure out how to paint it, I do it the same way I show in my main beam repair tutorial.http://www.taxidermy.net/forum/index.php/topic,80109.0.htmll