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DIY Solar Lamp with help of Mother Nature & CABOT WoodCare Products

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Here is another Solar Light project I made from found and recycled items. My motto is that I don't through away items until I know for sure it has out lived it's usefulness.This project idea came about when I found this weathered tree sapling that a honey suckle vine had helped shape it's unusual form. I have several deer antlers that I wanted to incorporate it with the unusual stick but still hadn't decided on what I was going to be. When I got careless with the weed eater and damaged another one of my solar garden light I knew then my unusual stick was going to be a Solar Lamp. The glass shade I rescued from the trash, the base was from a piece of old wooden fence.

Had a very good surprise at the end when I used CABOT MARINE VARNISH it brought out and enhanced all the wood's unusual turns and grain.

You might want to see more of my projects where I used the CABOT MARINE VARNISH, see how it brings out the wood's grain and protects it from the elements. http://www.instructables.com/id/Protect-Your-Outdoor-Furniture/

Oops I just noticed something? I was in such a hurry in taking a photo of my Lamp I forgot to permanently attach the Solar Cap after I finished varnishing, It is on there now.

 
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Step 1: Tools & Materials Needed

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Tools Needed:
Drill & Drill Bit
Saw
Razor Blade
Marker
Knife
Pliers
Sandpaper
Hot Glue Gun
Level

Materials Needed:
Wooden stick that Mother Nature has made
Wooden Base

Glass Shade

Depending on the size of Shade 1 to 3 Used or New Solar garden light Caps.
If you use old solar caps the cells may have oxidized you might want to restore the solar cells. Here is how I restored my old solar cells. http://www.instructables.com/id/Restoring-Plastic-Solar-Cells-like-New/

3" & 1 " screw 1 washer

Plexiglas depends on size of glass shade

I choose deer antlers for my finial decorative touches to my lamp you may have a different idea for your solar lamp
ksail6 months ago
That lamp looks wicked - I think the twisted wood through the center adds a nice touch.
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