Introduction: Veneer Lamp

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The idea for this lamp came from pieces of veneer I had at my house. A while back I was walking next to a veneer factory, when I saw a large amount of leftover veneer that was about to be thrown away, and decided to take it.

The veneer was just sitting my house taking space, and I was going to throw it away, when I noticed how flexible veneer strips are. I took time to think, what can it be used for. I experimented with gluing veneer strips and after some sketches (which I sadly didn’t keep) focusing mainly on form, I realized it could be used to create a beautiful light fixture. After playing a bit with the proportions of the strip length to the cube sizes, I arrived at the final result.


Enough veneer to produce 24, 1” x 16” strips

One or more square wood planks, large enough to cut down to 6 cubes 2” x 1” x 1”


Light bulb socket, electrical cord, plug

Light bulb

Xacto knife, ruler, saw, drill, cup drill bit, wood glue, clamps, sanding papers, spacers

Step 1: Preparing the Veneer Strips

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The strips used for the lamp are composed of 2 veneer strips glued back to back. To glue the strips together, apply wood glue to each veneer strip and clamp them together between two wooden boards. After the glue dries, cut the veneer strips. The double sided veneer is vital for the structural integrity of the fixture. Two plies are enough to give the required strength while allowing flexibility.

Step 2: Preparing the Wooden Cubes

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Take the wooden profiles and cut to 6 equal pieces. on each cube paint the inwards facing, and the outwards facing sides in a color of your choice. (I chose black)

Step 3: Placing the Bulb Socket

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With a cup drill make a hole in one cube, and sand till a perfect fit.

Step 4: Putting It All Together

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Use wood glue, clamps and spacers, to glue pairs of strips on opposite sides of each wood cube. And that’s it :)


aamen (author)2017-06-11

Awesome! I love it!

StefC3 made it! (author)2017-03-19

Thanks for the idea!

This is my alternative version!

rwhit052 made it! (author)2016-10-30

Still picture of LED version.

rwhit052 made it! (author)2016-10-30

Using an idea another poster provided, I used copper foil tape on the insides of the veneer strips to provide power to 6 LED's. I hooked them all up with CAT 5 network cable and attached an Arduino Mega.

balisticsquirel made it! (author)2016-10-24

Not a lamp. And not made of wood strips. But inspired by your awesome work.

Gluekoza (author)balisticsquirel2016-10-25

It came out beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing! it's a great pleasure for me to inspire :)

AdnanK38 (author)2016-09-18

Nice job, i will also try. My house is under construction and wood work is currently in progress, lot of veener is going waste after carrying out required cutting. So i can make plenty of veener lamps. Thanks for sharing and making my waste useful

Gluekoza (author)AdnanK382016-10-13

Thanks a lot, I'm sure it will turn out great :) Good luck with the construction

Robert101010 (author)2016-09-17

I have been looking for a design for our kitchen and other parts around the house that would give a theme to the house and I think you have given me an inspiration to begin!

Gluekoza (author)Robert1010102016-10-13

glad to hear, it's my pleasure :)

cybergod (author)2016-09-16

I so want to make one of these ?

Gluekoza (author)cybergod2016-10-13

where there is a will there is a way ? :)

stechi (author)2016-09-15

Very elegant design, well done! And I have some oak veneer somewhere...

Gluekoza (author)stechi2016-10-13

Thanks a lot! Let me know if you have any questions :)

desertsniper (author)2016-09-15

Awesome design!

Gluekoza (author)desertsniper2016-10-13

Thank you very much :)

campbell3james (author)2016-09-15

Beautiful as it is simple and ingenious. Kudos.

Gluekoza (author)campbell3james2016-10-13

Thanks a lot :)

manuelmasc (author)2016-09-15

Awesome design!! You've got my vote

Gluekoza (author)manuelmasc2016-10-13

Thank you very much :)

deluges (author)2016-09-15

So smart, simple and elegant. You got my votes

Gluekoza (author)deluges2016-10-13

Thank you very much! :)

doctorkred (author)2016-09-15


Gluekoza (author)doctorkred2016-10-13

Thanks :)

PatrickG34 (author)2016-09-15

That's some great design right there, thank you for this project.

Gluekoza (author)PatrickG342016-10-13

Thank you Patrick :)

CraftAndu (author)2016-09-14

This looks amazing! Thanks for sharing. You have my vote :)

Gluekoza (author)CraftAndu2016-10-13

Thanks! It's my pleasure :)

Raitis (author)2016-09-14

This looks great and I've always loved using veneer in lighting, however from my experience it warps quite a lot as the time goes. Really hope that it isn't the case though as the lamp is beautiful!

Gluekoza (author)Raitis2016-10-13

Thanks a lot! :)

Very good point. I think changing the vertex it rests on, every once in awhile, should allow to compensate for any distortion that may occur.

uzro (author)2016-09-14

Beautiful hands, beautiful lamps,like!

Gluekoza (author)uzro2016-10-13

Thank you uzro :)

lglira (author)2016-09-14

wow beautiful design

Gluekoza (author)lglira2016-10-13

thank you lglira :)

Zafer Aksoy (author)2016-09-20

Very nice :-)

Gluekoza (author)Zafer Aksoy2016-10-13

thank you :)

Grissini (author)2016-09-22

Awesome job!

Gluekoza (author)Grissini2016-10-13

thank you :)

Akin Yildiz (author)2016-09-25

great stuff, very unique and interesting design. voted..

Gluekoza (author)Akin Yildiz2016-10-13

thank you very much :)

stmrn (author)2016-09-20

Elegant, beautiful - simply outstanding. A touch of genius. Great present for Christmass, lovely for Valentine. I have made two already - both are gone to family, hopefully the third one I could keep for myself. Thank you for sharing.

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cepterbi (author)2016-09-18

great looking lamp. At materials used i was wondering why you need 24 strips. I only count 12. Was it for layering the vineer for strength? It would be great to make this design-lamp as a big hanging lamp for in my garden. Really wonderfull lamp and idea.

EvrttGrn (author)cepterbi2016-09-18

I had to re-read the instructable for the answer, 2 strips are glued back to back to get the same look on both sides of the veneer.

cepterbi (author)EvrttGrn2016-09-19

Ah thanks. I'm still impressed by the 'simple' yet stunning design.

EvrttGrn (author)cepterbi2016-09-19

No problem. It took me a few minutes to figure out why it wouldn't collapse back on itself.

mr_marte (author)2016-09-19

Great job and presentation...look forward to more...

btw...I wish I lived near a veneer factory :-)

Aussie58 (author)2016-09-18

Stunning, simple, effective!

Would be interesting to see how LEDs would work with 'playing' with the light.


jeff_jackson (author)2016-09-18

I've been subscribed to these emails for about 6 months. Hands down - this is my favourite project! Well done @gluekoza!!!

06acar (author)2016-09-18

bu mu

4 adet şerit ahşap kaplamayı küp şeklindeki tahta parçasına işkence ile sıkıyorsun Sonra dört kanadı şemsiye gibi açıyorsun bu kadar mı gerisini yapacak kişi mi tasarlayacak ?????

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