Introduction: Wood Lighting

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Wood lighting

Step 1: What Kind of Tools Do You Need?

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One piece wood which has 40 cm length. ( apple tree )

· One piece Plexy tube which has 30 cm length and 4 cm width.

· Glue for wood.

· Cellulose based varnish

· One piece brush which is 5 cm

· Led light emitting diod which is 200 cm ( yellow )

· Led light emitting diod setting adaptor

· Workplace tools.

o Blade of a band saw

o Hammer

o Nail

o Driller

o Sanding machine

Step 2: How to Begin?

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Wooden is sliced by blade of s band saw with 2 cm length.

Step 3:

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After that, all slices’ center point is cut by driller.

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Slices, which are cut from center point, are rubbed with emery to have rubbed surface.

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Glue for wood is applied to prevent fracture and waited to dry for a day.

Step 6: Japanning to Wooden Slices

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Wooden slices are varnishing with the brush and after that wooden slices are dried. This process is done 2 or 3 times.

Step 7: Plexy Tube Grinding

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Plexy tube is cut by blade of a band saw and it has 40 cm length. After that plexy tube has matt surface with machine

Step 8: Final Step

All slices are positioned on the plexy tube according to layout. ( There is no need to any glue. Dry wood is tighten up and prevent to move. ) After, led light emitting diod, which is 200 cm, is placed into tube and illumination is done.

Step 9: Final Illumination

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pudtiny (author)2016-06-21

Great idea, looks fantastic. But please adjust your bandsaw guard to show safer practice.

M L G (author)2016-05-12

Very uber cool looking lamp! Well done!
I'm also intrigued by this led diode?
Please a better more in depth explanation of this would be very much appreciated.
Also not everyone can afford or has access to a band saw of that calibre so alternatively if you have a 12" sliding mitre saw you would easily get through a small
tree trunk of the diameter shown. I use my 12 incher to cut 10" x 5" railway sleepers
no problem! Probably shouldnt but it is possible and have never had an issue so far.
Also because its round you may have to clamp the wood in place and then bring your
mitre saw blade down to cut it. Certainly safer than holding the piece of wood and pushing it towards a rotating band saw blade! Never liked the things in school scared the crap out of me!

PatrickW51 (author)2015-12-16

Did you have to treat the wood after it was cut? Like dry it out in the oven or coat it with some kind of sealer?

skorrogan (author)2015-07-05


khanuzair (author)2015-06-09

Hi bcan can you please email me this whole process

Bban (author)2015-03-11

Led strip. Wired up LEDs. Lamp kit. All of these work if you know a little electricity and sodering pondering ping

GoCoeGo (author)2015-02-05

ekalafat (author)2014-12-06

Very nice

Pondering_Pig (author)2014-12-05

I am thoroughly confused as to what he is using for light source. What is a 200cm light emitting LED diode? Is it a long led? is it a diode that can light up a space of 200cm? I would love to make this for my brother in laws but I do not know very much about LED's. Could anyone help me out? Maybe show a link of where I can buy a product like that so I can begin my search?

Jack Moran (author)2014-08-04


Psycho4Ever (author)2014-07-12

Nice idea, thanks for sharing! I totally build a small one for a shelf. :)

tnikom (author)2014-07-10

Good idea and Thanks for sharing!!!

Filip Peeters (author)2014-06-26

Very nice project!! I will try to make my own. But have you more info about the led? How much power (watt) or how much mcd have the led you used? Thanks.

KellyCraig (author)2014-05-18

This turned out REALLY nice. Great job blending high tech (e.g., LED's, plexi or acrylic) and rustic. The end result would fit many decors.

When cutting logs, whether making boards or cutting slabs, strongly consider using a sled for that purpose. For slabs, just a simple L shape you can clamp the log to, or screw to the log will be enough.

The lack of support under the cut when your are starting and finishing tends to cause the blade to want to spin the log and things can get wild, or even dangerous.

sdunayski (author)KellyCraig2014-06-25

Your really good at explaining what works and why.


sdunayski (author)2014-06-25

AWESOME LAMP.. I'm going to attempt this... The pictures are really nice because they give me a really good visual of what i gotta do. However im haveing a hard time understanding the instructions. can you help me a little on them, i have a few questions

TrieuIV (author)2014-06-13

Good idea :v

craftclarity (author)2014-05-23

Super-cool lamp!

Valvulin (author)2014-05-21

muy bueno y sencillo...

Farrelbark (author)2014-05-19

Almost reminds me of the teleportation rings in Stargate!

nocab (author)2014-05-08

How wide is that bandsaw blade?

KellyCraig (author)nocab2014-05-18

I have a small (14"), but heavy duty band saw and never use more than a 1/2" blade for resawing, cutting logs and so forth. If I have only one or two cuts, I don't bother switching from my 3/16" and Carter Stabilizer (it only has one bearing, on top) to my regular guide system.

bpark1000 (author)2014-05-18

Nice project! I have some suggestions that answer some of the other's questions and problems you will run into with cross-sectioned wood.

In time, the log cross-sections will split, and the bark will peel off, as the rate of contraction with drying is different radially verses circumfrentially. The wood will split in pie-shaped sections. There is a way to prevent this, by pre-treating the cut sections in a chemical called polyethylene glycol solution. This can be purchased at woodworking supply houses.

It is a harmless waxy solid that is dissolved in water, and the log sections soaked for a period of time (I estimate less then 1 week for the 2cm thick logs in this project). The wood then will not shrink or crack when it dries, and the bark will stay on. Then the finishing sanding and varnishing can be done (certain varnishes are not compatible; "danish" oils and heavy epoxy finishes are OK).

The log sections are soaked in this solution between steps 3 and 4. It is best to start with fresh "green" wood, just cut from the tree, then rough-cut to size. The wood shown in your steps has already started to dry, as radial cracks are evident. Soak the wood in water until the cracks close, then treat with the PEG, then dry (you can force-dry without fear of cracking). The wood may mold (not so much a problem with the short treatment you need for this project). That's why you do the final finishing after the treatment.

If the log is not round, it may be useful to keep the relative orientation of the pieces the same as they were in the log, make subtle marks before cutting and line them up on assembly.

In your assembly you do not explain how the logs are held spaced apart. What I would do is use about 1cm long pieces of larger plexiglass tube that just slip over the inner tube, stacked alternately with the logs. You should make the holes in the logs a little oversize for the inner tube, as they will shrink and could crush the plexiglass tube.

One problem with LED tapes is that they send light only in one direction. You could use LED light rope instead, or 2 LED tapes set back-to-back on a thin aluminum strip (for cooling of the LEDs). You also want to test if the LEDs overheat. The inner cavity you have will tend to trap heat. Run the lamp for several hours, then lift off the top log and see how hot it is inside. If so, you will need a way to provide air circulation through the center tube (slits could be cut in the underside of the top log and the topside of the bottom log that you can't see when it's assembled, but will allow air to flow through).

rudedude1987 (author)2014-05-15

And the plexi tube you have in the list up top the length is 30 cm but in the build details you say it's 40 cm witch is it?

Beergnome (author)rudedude19872014-05-17

the tube is 30 CM, the overall length of the finished product is 40cm, considering to top and bottom log slices which do not terminate at the end point at the end slices..

also.. wiring up a LED is pretty simple and straight forward. many projects on Instructables presumes the reader has a basic working knowledge of the concepts involved, and if not, has the basic working knowledge of how to do a basic internet search to expand that knowledge base, and related knowledge based stuff is probably going to be linked in the related content links on the right hand side of the page.

DillyDog (author)rudedude19872014-05-17

Rudedude - I think this is not supposed to be a list of instructions, it is just showing the concept and what he did. If you need specific instructions.

justinhyp (author)2014-05-17

I put this on my list of things to do!

agis68 (author)2014-05-16


rippa700 (author)2014-05-15

Very good - great idea thanks.

vinz3nt (author)2014-05-15

Looks very nice! i can't see the last photo where the slices are attached to the tube.

tekin44 (author)2014-05-15

güzel olmuş , harika

t0mm0t (author)2014-05-15

How are the slices held in place?!

OutlawKtulu (author)2014-05-15

Excellent Idea! I have a couple logs in my shop that I may do this with :)

One question, do you have any details on the LED light? How it is wired up, powered, etc.?


Ricardo Furioso (author)2014-05-15

Lovely work. Thank you very much.
Please make more instructables.

emrahfg (author)2014-05-15

Harika görünüyor! =]

hzxasdf (author)2014-05-14


texastoast (author)2014-05-13


kludge77 (author)2014-05-13

This is so cool! Thanks for sharing!

jserb (author)kludge772014-05-13

Hey I subscribe to your YouTube channel! Lol. You do a lot of cool stuff too! Small world!

amekdala (author)2014-05-08

Emeğine sağlık süper gözüküyor,

etsy de satmayı düşünmelisin

bcan (author)amekdala2014-05-13

tesekkurler :)

Awesome Duct Taper (author)2014-05-13


bcan (author)Awesome Duct Taper 2014-05-13

thank you so much

shazni (author)2014-05-13

Looks awesome :-)

bcan (author)shazni2014-05-13


hobbyman (author)2014-05-13

Aklına eline sağlık.

bcan (author)hobbyman2014-05-13

tesekkurler :)

Eldalote (author)2014-05-08

That's really cool! I like the connection between nature and technology! :)

bcan (author)Eldalote2014-05-09

thank you so much

breynolds11 (author)bcan2014-05-13

I absolutely love the idea of a part of nature introduced here, my family is going to love me for making them each one for there cabins.Thanks for the share and the great idea I loveit!

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