This is a quick and simple project that anyone can do with few tools. I have been seeing these lamps all over the place as of late, and I simply love them, so I decided to make one for myself. I decided to use PVC in this project because I have so much on hand, but this could be made from a variety of different pipe material.
Here is what you will need.
1. 1/2 " PVC (A total less than 2 feet was used in this project)
2. Four 1/2" PVC elbows
3. One 3/4" to 1/2" PVC Adapter
4. One Light socket
5. One Light Bulb ( Used an Edison bulb from Lowes)
6. One piece of wood for the base (My piece of wood measures 9 1/4" L x 5 1/4" W)
7. One Metal Floor Flange
8. Can of Rust-oleum Cooper Spray (This can be any brand)
9. One 1/2" PVC adapter with the threaded insert.
10. Four wood screws
11. Cork to cover the bottom of the light base (This is totally optional and other materials can be used like felt.)
12. Wood Finish. (Whatever wood finish you prefer - I used Johnson Paste wax)
1. Circular Saw
2. Screw Driver
3. Craftsman rotary tool with a straight bit (Dremel or other brand)
4. PVC Pipe Cutters
5. Measuring Tape
7. Drill bits, and a 1/2" spade bit
8. Hot Glue gun (or any other glue you prefer)
I grabbed some wood cut offs, and old shop light, PVC pipe and fittings, and I started by playing around with several different designs. (The first two photos of this Instructable shows the two designs I came up with.)
I decided to make random cuts of the PVC and piece them together until I has happy with the result. If you only have limited amount of PVC to work with, then you may want to carefully plan out your design. Because I have so much of this stuff just laying around my shop, I decided to just play around with it and see where the inspiration takes me.
Because the PVC will hold together tightly without gluing, it is quite easy to switch pieces about until you come upon a design you are happy with.
Once you are set on your design, take your PVC outside or in a well ventilated area and apply the paint. I painted everything including the metal base and 4 screws that would secure the lamp to the wooden base. I used Rust-oleum Copper paint and primer in one. It dries to the touch in 30 minutes, but will be fully cured in 24 hours.