Introduction: LED Concrete Desk Lamp

I'm excited to share the possibilities that can come from simple hand tools. In this instructables I'm going to make this awesome lamp. I made this lamp by hand and no power tools except a drill. I did it as a challenge. I was glad I took the challenge on, because this was a learning curve for me as well. It was a very slow and tedious process. If you have power tools and wish to make this lamp then you'll know which power tools to use. For viewers with less tools be sure to watch the video to get more info on the build. Find all the material used at the end.

Overview of the lamp

- 9 inch concrete base
- Mahogany wood
- Removable power plug
- ON / Off power switch
- Adjustable light head
- Removable plexi-glass light cover

Step 1: Making the Form

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To make the form I used a large 9 inch vase. I took a piece of metal flashing wrapped it around the the vase and add tape to hold it in place. Then I placed plastic over the vase to keep the cement mix from making contact with the glass.

Step 2: Mixing the Concrete

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Any concrete mix will work for this base. To make this mix im going to a two to one ratio (1 cup of cement mix and 2 cup of sand) then add water. I put construction mesh in the mix to strengthen the form.

Vibrate the form to get rid of the air pocket. Let the mix sit for three days. This should be enough time to cure.

Step 3: Wiring the Body of the Lamp

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I found these small piece of Mahogany lumber in a near by dumpster.

All the cuts were made by hand on a miter box . The body of the lamp is made of two 1in by 2in lumber. The 1in by 2 in lumber is cut to a 22 degree angle where the wood meets the concrete base. See photos for all the measurements.

Clamp the 2 (1 by 2) together then drill out a hole for the power port and also the power switch. Mark and chisel out a track for the the wire to pass though the middle. Refer to the video for more info on the wiring circuit. Cover the connections using painters tape. Then add wood glue and clamps.

Step 4: Making the Light Cover

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I used a 1/4 piece of plexi-glass cut it to fit the opening of then counter sink the screw holes.

Spray the plexi from the inside using spry frost. This will help hide the LED light strips. I also sprayed the ends to hide the wires connections.

Step 5: Installing the Led Strips

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Cut each strips to length at the connection point. Peal and stick each strips side by side. Solder the strip to each other connect all the reds on one end and all the blacks on the opposite end.

Glue and clamp. After the glue is dried sand all pieces. Use wood filler if needed.

Apply your favorite stain. I didn't stain because I like the color of the lumber. I applied a three coats of wipe on poly as a protective layer.

Step 6: Attaching the Base

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Drill a hole in the center of the concrete using a masonry bit. Insert the bolt then transfer the angler over to the wood. Drill a hole in the middle of the wood. Since im using hard wood the bolt im using will create threads in the hole. This will be enough to hold. If your using pine I would suggest using a threaded insert in place.

Step 7: Attaching the Body to the Lamp Head

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Attach the two parts and drill a straight hole through the two. Make sure you have enough wire for the swing of the lamp head. Splice and cover the wire connection. Tie a knot or place a zip tie on the wire so it cannot be pulled out. Attach the light cover.

Step 8: Final Touch

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I applied a clear coat to the concrete base. Then I added some rubber bumper to the bottom to protect any surface it may rest on. The lamp is complete. See below for all the items used in the project.

Materials Used
- Led

- Power Supply

- joint Nut

- Toggle switch

- DC Jack (inlet)

- Wood glue

- Metal flashing

- Plexiglas

- Screws

- Painters tape

- Cement and sand mix

- Disconnect connectors

- Frosted Glass

- Black Spray paint

- Spray Lacquer


- Miter box and saw combo

- Clamps

- Chisel

- -Solder kits

- Razor knife

- Wire stripper

- Volt meter (optional)

- Counter sink bit

- Wood drill bit

- Masonry bit

- Tape measure

- Drill


TailsL (author)2017-11-27

i m getting sick of all those integrated led light. in case of failure what are you doing? geez ill prefer build one with a bunch of g4 with a chinese power supply or g9 socket so you can change the led part easily in case of failure.
they say led is going green but with all those integration if you have a failure,what a mess it is...

Shashicad (author)2017-01-10

well done..I have one question though.

why did you used concrete? You could have used wood base itself..?

Appreciate your effort..:)

Cueball21 (author)2017-01-05

Absolutely great!!!

Your skills in woodworking, electricity and video production are excellent. I especially like the fact that you completed the project with a few, easy to obtain and inexpensive hand tools. Salvaging the wood is a great tip, too.

I have but one suggestion. You should include in the video voice over the fact that LED lights are 12v (which you did) but you should also caution your audience that a special power transformer is required on the power cord if it is to be plugged into regular house wiring. It would also be helpful to point out sources for the LED strips and the power transformer.

A+ for sure!

diycreators (author)Cueball212017-01-05

Thank you, you make a great point. I try to pack as much info as possible but always seems to miss something.

Cueball21 (author)diycreators2017-01-06

You missed nothing in what you covered. My suggestion was that you might have expanded the coverage to include power source information and make it an even better product than the very top quality ible you created. Well done, Glen. Don't second guess yourself.

DavidR351 (author)2017-01-05

Where is the switch?

Instructomaker (author)2017-01-05

Nice work. Congrats on the video too. Well done.

Thank you

AndreasO19 (author)2017-01-05

Looks great and I love how you've done it without any power tools but a drill. Any problems with heat from the LEDs?

diycreators (author)AndreasO192017-01-05

Thank you, No its been good so far.

DinoD5 (author)2017-01-05

Really nice work. I appreciate the amount of detail in your instructions and the parts list at the end was icing on the cake. Awesome job!

diycreators (author)DinoD52017-01-05

Thank you :), Glad this was helpful.

DavidR351 (author)2017-01-05

Very nice.

diycreators (author)DavidR3512017-01-05

Thank you

chefspenser (author)2017-01-05

Excellent tutorial and fabrication. Thanks for sharing. Being a novis with LEDs, you only needed to coned the reds + ?

diycreators (author)chefspenser2017-01-05

Thank you . You connect both the black and the red. Red is positive, black is negative.

ViolaG (author)2017-01-05

One thing, correct the spelling for the instructions-Or to On switch.

diycreators (author)ViolaG2017-01-05

Thank you, I fixed it.

GordonS11 (author)2017-01-05

Awesome project, think maybe I will have to give this a try, thank you for sharing.

diycreators (author)GordonS112017-01-05

Thank you, go for it.

W4DAX (author)2017-01-05

Great project and fantastic video.

diycreators (author)W4DAX2017-01-05

Thank you

dyermakerjb (author)2017-01-05

I love the project and will be making my own version soon. One suggestion I have for the frosted plexi-glass is that I have found an orbital sander with 200 grit sandpaper works just as well. This technique adds $0 to the budget and there is 0% chance of it wearing off over time.

diycreators (author)dyermakerjb2017-01-05

Thank you. I actually tried sanding a scrap piece, but I was still able to see through. Maybe you will have better luck than me.

byronp17 (author)2017-01-05

That's great work, Glen!

diycreators (author)byronp172017-01-05

Thank you

ViolaG (author)2017-01-05

Awesome. You are very proficient with your instructions.

terrefirma (author)2017-01-05

With your attention to detail, you could even make the mold with the space for the wood to sit down into it. As for the 'imperfections' I suggest embracing them as in wabi-sabi. You could rub some other material over it, giving it a true art piece look, rather than manufactured. If it's for you, you may want it perfect but other people may prefer an individual look. Excellent explanations of what went well and what didn't.

ksjunto (author)2016-12-27

Outstanding idea and craftsmanship! Very cool

Fathomlis (author)2016-12-26

This looks really awesome! So professional and stylish! Good job

diycreators (author)Fathomlis2016-12-26

Thank you :)

CraftAndu (author)2016-12-26

Looks great mate! Good job!

diycreators (author)CraftAndu2016-12-26


rsucgang (author)2016-12-25

Great use of hand tools and I like how precise your miter cuts are. Cool project!

diycreators (author)rsucgang2016-12-26

Thank you.

bitteramuse (author)2016-12-25

Thats interesting

ClenseYourPallet (author)2016-12-25

Great design! The instructions were fantastic and this turned out really cool. Thanks for sharing

Thank you

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