Introduction: Make a Dog Lamp

What to do when you want a dog but your partner disagrees? Well you make a dog, which lights up your day anyway, a dog light. In the following instructables you will see how I made one.

Step 1: This Is What You Need

Power cord

Bulb socket

6-25 Watt bulb

Plug (you can buy this separately, but I bought it by Ikea in one piece

Plywood (I used 6 mm for the head)

Birch (which I sawed in 12 x 24 mm and at various lengths)

Wood glue

2 M6 Screw bolts 2x 60 mm, 2x 30 mm

4 washers 16 mm

4 wing nut M6



Saw (band saw or scroll saw or any other kind of saw)

Pilar drill, foster bit 16 mm, drill 6 mm

Sand paper 240 grit, sander

Step 2: Unsure About the Measurements? Make a Template.

I was not sure about what would be the final size of my dog lamp so I first made one in cardboard. After cutting the legs to the right size the final dimensions for my dog lamp were:

Legs: 21 cm

Body: 24 cm

Tail: 11 cm

Neck: 13 cm

Ears: 12 cm

Head: length 13.5 cm, width 12 cm. The total width at the nose is 8 cm and at the back head 12 cm

Step 3: Make All the Individual Parts

I started to make the legs, body, ears, neck and the tail. All the parts have the same width and depth only the length varies. I used a band saw and a scroll saw.

I started to saw lengths and planed the lumber. The dimensions are 2.4cm width and 1.2 cm depth. After that I sawed the different parts in the following lenghts: 4x legs: 21 cm. 2x body parts: 24 cm. 1x tail: 11 cm. 1x neck: 13 cm. 2x Ears: 12 cm

Step 4: The Head

Draw the four parts for the head on the plywood. 2 parts with the following dimensions: Length: 13.5 cm, base (back head): 12 cm, and front (noose): 8 cm. And 2 parts with these dimensions: Length: 13.5 cm, base (back head): 10 cm, and front (noose): 6.5 cm. Saw the parts on your scroll saw and sand if needed.

Step 5: Prepare the Neck and the Head

To mount the neck property on the head I sawed a shoulder and a tap (if someone could help me with the right names I would be grateful) with the scroll saw, see pictures. To mount the tap in the head I first drilled a hole and after that I sawed the exact size of the tap. Before mounting the tap in the head I drilled an 8 mm hole for the cord.

Step 6: Drill Holes

Start to mark where to drill. On the sides of the legs and the ears there the screw bolt and washer and wing nut will sit I drilled with a 16 mm foster bit in other to sink the bolt and washer/wing nut. After this I drilled with a 6mm drill through all the pasts. Don’t forget to drill a hole in the bottom of the head part for the wire.

In order to lean the ears and the legs I sanded at an angle of 10 degrees after drilling the holes.

Step 7: Sand All the Parts

Sand all the parts. I sanded with 240 grit and waxed the parts with beeswax to protect the lumber.

Step 8: Make the Head

Glue the four parts of the head together and sand after the glue has dried. Mount the neck on the head and put glue on the shoulder, let it dry.

Mount the ears to the head with the screw bolt, washers and wing nut.

Step 9: A Holder for the Bulb Socket

Make a holder for the bulb socket. I used cardboard, but you also can use a piece of thin plywood. I cut the cardboard and drilled a hole in the middle for the light bulb holder. I mounted this in the head and glued the neck on the head. Disarm your plug from the wire if needed. Put the wire through the tap and the holder, and then through the bottom of the head (see pictures).

Step 10: Mount Your Dog Lamp

Put together the back legs, tail and body using a screw bolt, washers and wing nut. Mount neck (and head) to the body end the front legs. Mount your plug back on the wire. I made a lite plate to cover the wire on the back head, but decided not to mount it on the head I found it too big and it is okay to see the cord and the bulb socket.

Step 11: Play and Enjoy

I hope you liked this instructable. Thank you for reading it. This instructables competes in the Lights contest. Good luck by making your own dog or animal lamp and don't hasitate if you have some questions.

Have a nice day, Amaries.


Harryhersh (author)2017-04-21

Really cute. I'm thinking of making one. The only change would be to use an LED light, rather than incandescent bulb.

Amaries (author)Harryhersh2017-05-07

Thank you and great idea.

andersonreisferreira (author)2017-04-29

Very nice, i'm here imagining another animal.


Yes make whatever animal you want. Show a Picture if you like.

AayushiR1 made it! (author)2017-04-30

one of my best dog lamp.

Amaries (author)AayushiR12017-05-07

Nice well done!

Swansong (author)2017-04-18

That's adorable!

Amaries (author)Swansong2017-04-20

I am glad you liked it.

timdekker1825 (author)2017-04-18

Very nice! I like the combination of birch together with the red cord :)

Amaries (author)timdekker18252017-04-20

Thank you you can alsoo choose an other colour

random_builder (author)2017-04-18

It looks simple to make, but awesome once you are done! Great job!

Amaries (author)random_builder2017-04-20

yes indeed and Thank you

rainingfiction (author)2017-04-18

What a cute idea!

Amaries (author)rainingfiction2017-04-20

Thank you

cdstudioNH (author)2017-04-18

Very, very cute!

Amaries (author)cdstudioNH2017-04-20

Thank you.

gladson1976 (author)2017-04-18

Looks so cute and easy to make. Will get the kids to help me when I make it. They are going to love it :)

Amaries (author)gladson19762017-04-20

Than you and your kids Will be so happy.

marialilokyee (author)2017-04-19

Look so cute! Well done

Amaries (author)marialilokyee2017-04-20

Than you!

inthegarden (author)2017-04-20

Love it- plan to use frame and use with solar spotlights on deck!!

Amaries (author)inthegarden2017-04-20

Nice, good luck!

JGDean (author)2017-04-20

He needs ears, which wouldn't be difficult to add even after it's complete. Great Idea, but I think I'd add a couple extra joints in the legs to allow for more positions. A cat for him to play with could also be fun (and it wouldn't shred the furniture or shed).

Amaries (author)JGDean2017-04-20

Thank you! Look at the pictures in step 11 you Discover the ears :-)

DonnH1 (author)2017-04-20

My wife and I like it but I'm sorta leaning towards a Great Dane lamp. I like the idea of turning one into a portable solar powered light for a deck. That would be an interesting project.

Amaries (author)DonnH12017-04-20

Nice sent a picture when you are done

chiragp17 (author)2017-04-20

could use a fan on the top as well or make a small puppy for the fan.

About This Instructable




Bio: Hi I am Dutch and live in Sweden. I love to create tings in my little woodshop.
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