How to Make an LED Lamp

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Introduction: How to Make an LED Lamp

About: I'm an average guy trying to to above average DIY projects. I'm driven by my desire for nice things around the home with a desire not to pay someone else to do them. This drives me to constantly learn about …

In this video I'm going to show you how to make an LED lamp. I call it the bleeding lamp because the light bleeds through the openings in the panels. This was a pretty complex build including lots of woodworking, intricate assembly and detailed electrical wiring. First I made the base with my jigsaw and belt sander, then I made the post from a dowel. I glued and clamped the assembly and then drilled the hole in the post for the wire. Next I moved onto the panel frames. I made this with the miter saw. The final components were the panels. I made those on the miter saw and table saw.

I finished the base and frame with shou sugi ban (burned wood) and then grey washed. The panels were spray painted white.

The assembly and electrical were complicated. I started by laying out the led strips and soldering wire to them. Then I ran the wire through the post and connected the LED switch and LED power supply. Finally, I added and nice piece of felt to the bottom of the lamp.

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Supplies

1x6 Pin

1/4" plywood

1 1/2" dowel

1 1/2" forstner bit

LED Light Strips

LED wire

LED Power Supply

LED Switch

Wood Glue

CA Glue

1" Brad Nails

Paint/Stain

Step 1: Make Base

Mark out two 5" circles on a piece of 1x6. Using a jigsaw, cut one to the exact size and the other about 1/4" larger than the markings. Now, using a 1 1/2" forstner bit, drill all the way through one of the two pieces.

Glue and clamp the two pieces together and let dry. Once dry, drill a through hole for the wire.

Using a router flush trim bit, trim off the excess material from the piece not cut perfectly to size.

Finally, add whatever features are needed to install the switch and wiring for power.

Note: I put my switch and power wire on the same side. I would suggest putting them on opposite sides.

Step 2: Make Frame Pieces

Cut 2 pieces of 1x6 to 5 1/2" long to make a square. Then mark out a 5 1/2" octagon on one piece and cut the corners where marked at 45 degrees. All the sides should be the same length. Now, trace that shape on to the next piece and cut out a matching piece.

Using your 1 1/2" forstner bit, drill about half way though the center of one of the pieces. Now take that same piece and cut 4 slots on the opposite side of the hole and perpendicular to each side (See image). These slots should be wide and deep enough to fit the LED wires in.

Step 3: Make Post

Using a piece of 1 1/2" dowel, cut to the desired lamp height. I cut mine to 5". The longer it is, the harder it will be to drill a hole through for the wiring.

Now assemble the dowel to the base and bottom frame piece using wood glue and clamps. Make sure everything is square and adjust the clamps if it is not.

Finally, drill a hole all the way though the post to run the wire.

Step 4: Make Panels

Using 1/4" plywood cut 8 2" x 8" pieces.

Step 5: Apply Finish

Finish the lamp components with your finish of choice. For my lamp, I used Shou Sugi Ban, gray wash, paste wax and white paint.

Step 6: Electrical & Final Assembly

Now, install all the LED strips and solider on long wires. Carefully run the wires through the groove and through the post to the bottom of the lamp. I used CA glue to secure the wire in the slots and then covered up the wires and slots with a piece of felt. Nail the panels to the frame. I let them overhang the frames by 1/2".

Solider and heat shrink all the connections in the bottom of the lamp for the components you purchased. If you need a little more space, carefully use a chisel to create more room. Tuck the wires in and CA glue them down.

Now, cover the bottom of the lamp with felt to cover the wiring.

Finally, fill in any holes and sand any imperfections and touchup any paint that needs it!

Enjoy your unique lamp that you will never see in anyone else's home!

Step 7: Final Details

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    14 Comments

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    LincolnsCreations
    LincolnsCreations

    8 days ago

    Don't forget to enter this into the Home Decor Contest ASAP.

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    travis.muszynski
    travis.muszynski

    Reply 8 days ago

    Oh wow! I didn't even notice that one but you're right. This is a good one for that! I owe you one!

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    LincolnsCreations
    LincolnsCreations

    Reply 8 days ago

    No worries man, watching out for you.

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    theporcelaingarden
    theporcelaingarden

    11 days ago

    This post is very useful to us thanks for sharing.

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    travis.muszynski
    travis.muszynski

    Reply 11 days ago

    No problem! I really enjoyed making it!

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    Pagan Wizard
    Pagan Wizard

    18 days ago on Step 7

    I like this a lot!!!! I think a band saw and a drill press will serve you VERY WELL. Look on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace to save a bunch of $$$$ If the seller is asking more than about 35%--40% for a tool that's more than 5 years old, they've lost their mind, move along to another seller. Tools take a lot of abuse, are not pieces of art and do not retain their value, unless it's a very hard to find antique in factory new condition, and even then, I'd be very skeptical of the price. About 15 years or so ago, I bought a used Jet band saw that was 10 years old, and spent $100. for it. It ran as it should, and I put it to a lot of use. I've had to replace the old motor, it was getting old and tired, and I added a set of Carter guides to it. Look on YouTube for Alex Snodgrass, him and his family own the company, and they make a lot of really great tools and accessories. I still use that old band saw, and with the upgrades I made to it, it's running better than most brand new saws.

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    travis.muszynski
    travis.muszynski

    Reply 18 days ago

    I'd love a band saw! Currently I don't have room in my shop but If we ever move I'll make sure I do! Thanks for checking out my Instructable! I have lots more on my YouTube channel if your interested.

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    travis.muszynski
    travis.muszynski

    Reply 17 days ago

    Thanks! That is a cool little saw! Thanks for the tip!

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    Pagan Wizard
    Pagan Wizard

    Reply 16 days ago

    You're welcome, glad I could help.

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    chandinirathspa
    chandinirathspa

    19 days ago

    It's just lovely ... keep up the good work

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    21 days ago

    I really like the look of this lamp! The panels are fun and make me think futuristic for some reason :)

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    travis.muszynski
    travis.muszynski

    Reply 21 days ago

    Thanks! It was a fun build.