Introduction: Desk Lamp

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What inspired me?
I love all things rustic. That feeling of depth of age and the relative reaction an object has due to the change in environment causes the object to enhance in physic features such as colour. And if this mutation is focused on in the art that is the object, the product (in my opinion) will become better. Now this doesn't work with everything. However. Inspired by the rustic movement, I decided to use new materials and make a rustic but modern looking the idea. I love to make some pretty cool inspired lamps. This is how I did it.

What do you need?

-Block of wood (any wood) that is larger then a diameter of a tin. (Tin diameter is 75mm) I used a block that was 78mm by 70mm by 40mm)

-a length of wood that is 25mm by 20mm by 500mm.

-7.5mm drill bit


-clean tin

-two M7 bolts

-Two M7 nuts

-four M7 washers

-Wood Glue

-Either LED lamp fixing or light circuit

Step 1: Step 1 - Marking and Cutting the Wood

Before anything, I had to make sure I had the correct materials. I used a ruler to find the rough diameter of the tin and then found some pine that was 40mm by 70mm by 2m. My first job was to cut this to the correct length. I used a ruler to mark a length of 78mm. Which is a couple of mill bigger then the diameter of the tin. I then used the jig saw to cut this. A table saw is best but I'm quite limited on tools. I then found some 25mm by 20mm by 50mm so I decided to just cut this in half and use it as the sides.

Step 2: Step 2 - Sanding

Once all of the cutting was done. I used the sander to better finish the ends of the wood. This was very important as all sides will be showing so the finish needed to be incredible. I then used the orbital sander to sand the larger surfaces on both the wooden block and sides. This didn't take long but if you use these make sure to wear a mask as it can cause a lot of harm.

Step 3: Step 3 - Drilling

The next step was to mark the top holes. These holes will be used to connect the tin. I used the ruler to mark out the centre lone on both pieces and remarked 20mm down from the top. This gave me the exact place to drill. I then clamped both pieces together accurately and used the 7.5mm drill bit to drill this hole. I made sure to go slow to reduce blow out. This didn't really matter as I gave the entire thing a good long sanding once it was all glued.

Step 4: Step 4 - Lamp Shade

The next step was to mark put the holes on the tin. I used a small 4mm drill bit to drill hole 10mm from the bottom of the tin. I then made it larger using a 8me drill bit. I then place it into next to one piece and tried the nut and bolts. When I was happy I then marked out the second Home and completed the same process.

Step 5: Step 5 - Assembly

The next step was the glue up. I assembled the lamp shade and sides to the tin before using a lot of PVA to secure the block in line. This was quite a time constraints process just because it's difficult to get everything perfect. I then used two clamps to secure the pieces together whilst it dried. Once it finished, I used some sand paper and sanded the entire thing for about 10 minutes. I added the light and I was finished.

Step 6: Finished!

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