Create a DIY wood pendant lamp from a scrap piece of 3/4" thick pine. This is a simple project but requires some precise cuts from a compound miter saw. A series of 30 degree bevel cuts produces the 6 sides of the hexagon. Adjusting the miter fence to make a slight miter cut at the same time gives the hexagonal form a tapered, cone shape.


Miter Cut – A cutting operation made with the work piece at any angle to the blade other than 90°.

Bevel Cut – A cutting operation made with the blade at any angle other than 90° to the table surface.

Step 1: Supplies + Tools

3/4" Pine Board
Available at Home Depot or Recycle Scrap
I had some scrap 3/4" thick pine boards – 8" wide – left over from a previous project. You could use any type of wood for this project, but I would start with something cheap like pine until you get the settings on your saw perfect.

Pendant Light Cord with Porcelain Socket
Available at The Color Cord Company
The Color Cord Company is my favorite place for getting light fixtures. They have an awesome selection of colors and features.

Colored Silk Cord or String
Available Online or a Crafting Store
I had some left over silk cord from a past project that just happened to match the turquoise electrical set I purchased from The Color Cord Company.

Wood Glue
Available at Home Depot
I used wood glue to fasten the sides together.

Available at Home Depot
I used a light gauge wire to clamp the sides together while the glue dried and to make a net that holds the socket in the center of the lamp.

RYOBI 18 Volt Cordless Drill
Available at Home Depot

RYOBI 18 Volt Circular Saw (with Plywood Blade)
Available at Home Depot

RYOBI 10" Sliding Compound Miter Saw with Laser
Available at Home Depot

<p>Please read this to see how to calculate angles for another number of staves: <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Staves-duelas/" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/id/Staves-duelas/</a>.<br></p><p>If the staves are an even number, you can easily adjust the shape making two halves, and planishing them before glue the entire thing. Otherwise is very difficult to make an exact angle cutting.</p><p> </p>
<p>Yes; I wondered how he arrived at the 4 degree angle. The cone angle is not given.</p><p>S&iacute;; Me pregunt&eacute; c&oacute;mo hab&iacute;a llegado a el &aacute;ngulo de 4 grados. No se da el &aacute;ngulo del cono. </p>
I did not control that detail, Bill.
Well said shazni!
<p>Ah the difference shows when projects are posted by the original author rather than a copycat! love it! All my questions have been answered in this instructable. Thank you. I just love your stuff :-)</p>
<p>I love the versatility this offers!...serious custom-ability...is that a word?</p><p>either way...awesome job!</p>
<p>Oh I love the turquoise cord with the light wood! It's sort of a modern, southwest-y feel!</p>

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