Introduction: DIY Floor Lamp With Only a Saw
Hi, this is my first instructable,
This lamp is very easy to make because i haven't wood working skills and i have only a simple saw to cut wood and a good wood file. So everyone can do it.
And of course i apologize about my writing mystakes, im not english.
My girlfriend wanted that kind of floor lamp but there are so expensive in the Home furniture shops >120€, i still had some remains of old lamps so i decided to make one.
Bill of materials:
- wood: 10 "tasseaux" 19,95€ (Bricodepot) i used only 4
- glue: "colle à bois" 2,85€ (Leroy Merlin)
- lampshade: 29€ (Leroy Merlin)
- electrics stuff & bubble: i had it
- paint: testeur ripolin" 2x3.95€ (Leroy Merlin)
This lamp costs me about 50€.
Step 1: Wood Cut & Lime
First of all, I cut :
- 4 long legs: 150 cmlong
- 2 pieces for the small cross: 20 cm long
- 2 pieces for the big cross: 40 cm long
After i cut just a part of the small pieces like on my bad draw ; ) then put together the crosses.
I used glue on both parts before assembly and used tongs until it dries.
Cause the legs are inclined, i decide to file the legs at the big cross. This part is approximate so i refiled several times until its fit well.
i know i must be easier to calculate the angle and cut with a miter saw or something like that but unfortunately i dont own it.
tips: keep the saw dust
Step 2: Paint
The easiest part.
I am not a good paint so my girlfriend did that, she's better than me ;-)
Step 3: Electric Stuff
Fortunately, i had an old basic IKEA lamp in my cardboard, so i picked the cable, bubble and socket from it.
I also had a piece of aluminium tube, it used it to hold the socket.
Then i drilled a hole in the small cross and fit the tube in with a bit of glue.
I think this is not necessary to put this metal part cause i had to unmount the socket to pass the electric cable through the tube. The only inconveniant is your lamp will be less high.
Step 4: Assemblage
i drilled the legs, expended the holes, and put screws in.
I started to put together the opposite leg on the small cross first, screwed, and the big cross after.
Then i screwed the two last legs on. Of course i used glue.
Step 5: Finishing
Because i used wood file, there are spaces between some parts, i have a good tips for that (from my dad):
I put glue in the hollows and then i put so much sawdust as it needs to be smooth. Now a second coat and it looks nice.
After mounting the electric part I introduced the lampshades.
For the lamp is stable I filed down below their feets and glued felt pads.
Step 6: End
My lamp looks great, dont you think? ;-)