So I've been looking for various ways to use this lamps to provide some evening light in our Brazilian beach house. My first foray into solar night lights was my Solar veranda roof lights. My next project was a Gothic gargoyle solar night light.
It was only a matter of time before one of these lamps go the makeover of my real passion - Steampunk;-)
So here's how I turned a boring solar garden light into a work of steampunk art.
• Hole saw set
• Power drill
• Rotary tool
• Block of wood
• Hollow dowel
• Cabinet handle
• Black paint
• Clear varnish
Step 1: Drill wood block
What makes this wood great for a lamp base is it's density, which provides the necessary weight for the base of a lamp. It also makes it very difficult to drill!
Critical for this build is a good set of hole saws and a clamp. Cheap hole saws would likely have snapped in this process. And the clamp is absolutely necessary to prevent the block of wood from spinning around.
In the picture above, I had already painted the edges of this block of wood, which was a mistake. I should have waited until all the sanding was done, as I had to paint it again.
Once the wood is securely clamped, use hole saws to drill a set of concentric circles, as seen in the photos above. Use a file, knife or other sharp tool to scrape away the excess wood. I chose not to drill all the way through the block of wood, as I wanted to mount the dowel into the wood block base.
The result should be a sort of donut drilled into the wood, that will hold the hollow dowel in place.