Introduction: Wooden Pixel Lamp
6x6x18 inch wooden pixel lamp
Step 1: Gathering Stuff
I've not done an instructable for a while, it's not that I've been lazy, far from it, it's just I've been making a lot of the same things I've already made instructables for, I have spent the last year refining my craft,amongst other things,
anyways your here for the lamp, so,
I don't have a cnc or lazercutter , I do everything the old fashioned way, so it's cutting and sanding and glueing etc etc, first off you'll need:-
1, 2x 12 foot lengths of inch by inch
2,saw or mitre saw
3,sanding belt, or just sanding paper
6,good old coffee
7,a few electrical bits, a lamp bulb holder, wire and plug(all easily picked up from a hardware store)
8,e6000 or evo stick, or any glue that's OK with heat and drys pretty quick.
Step 2: Cutting
The first thing I did was set up my mitre saw with a inch stop, so that when I cut the lenghts of wood, I wouldn't have to measure each cut,
To set it up, I clamped a piece of scrap wood an inch from the blade, then did a test cut to make sure it was correct, then I set to it, I think around 300 blocks out of the 2 lenghts of wood.
Step 3: Sanding
Once I cut the 300 blocks, the fun began Haha,
sanding every block, and every edge, this took a while, about 4 hours, it was mind numbing, and repetitive, and after an hour, your hands will hurt, but take breaks or spread it out, whatever it takes to get the job done, and job done! 300 nearly identical blocks ready to play with.
Step 4: Setting Base and Light Base
I know in the picture I have superglue, don't try it, your wasting your time, my idea was to "tack" the blocks in place with the superglue then use pva wood glue on each block, but it takes to long, the superglue doesn't hold to well, and the pva takes to long to dry,
anyways, set out your Base, 6 x 6 blocks, make sure there is room for your bulb, I used a set square to true everything up, then use the e6000 or whatever glue you decided to use, and start sticking the Base together.
Step 5: Design and Layout
Once your Base is sorted, it's time for the fun bit, the design, I started with about 5 or 6 rows of just straight blocks (leaving a block out at the bottom of the first row for the wire to be inserted,
I found you can do a row or 2 at a time with the e6000 glue, then give it half hour to set enough to start the next few rows,
Step 6: This Bits Up to You.....
Right this bit, it's totally your call, you can go mental and do anything, or make them all uniform, whatever you decide, it's up to you, I decided to start out uniform, then slowly start to disband and go mental, I wanted it to look like it's mid explosion or a tower hit by a hurricane, I didn't have a plan on paper, I just eyeballs it and did what I wanted and what looked right to me,
At this point, it helps to have a set square,and build it on a flat table or work space, I found you can stick quite a few at a time the run the set square up to the Tower and make sure your not waving or leaning.
Step 7: Keep Going!
And again go as high as you like, I used all 300 blocks, and again using the set square to help true bits up, although as I got higher, it didn't mater to much about it being totally spot on,
Also. Before you get to high, wire in your light, (in the uk) it's 2 wires, there's nothing hard about it at all, but if your unsure, do a search specific to your country about wiring a plug, I'm not sure if wires differ in different countries so I don't want to blow you up by accident.
Step 8: And There You Go!
Once everything is stuck and you've give it 12 hours just to be sure everything is stuck fast, stick a bulb in and enjoy your beautiful lamp!
Thanks for looking!