Introduction: LED Hollow Log Lamp

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After a storm here in Tallahassee in September 2016, we picked up a bunch of cut up logs from the neighbor across from my house. The logs have been drying all this time in Steph’s garage and are now ready for projects. We’ve already used two in a previous project.

The most interesting of the salvaged stumps was the one with a hole partially through it. We knew it would make some kind of cool project and thought a lamp would be interesting to try.

Step 1: Watch the Video

For a full materials list please visit our website.

Step 2: Remove Bark

We used a chisel and rubber mallet to remove the bark from the stump.

Step 3: Even Out Log and Sand Smooth

We needed to even out the bottom so that the stump would sit flat. The ideal tool for this is a chainsaw which we do not have. We used aluminum tape around the log as a cutting guide and use a reciprocating saw to make the cut.

If you like sanding, this is the project to tackle because there is lots and lots of sanding involved. Start with a low grit and work up to 220.

Step 4: Spray Paint

At the suggestion of grandson/nephew, Andrew, we spray painted inside and out in gold metallic spray paint.

Step 5: Make a Top Out of Epoxy

We decided to use a thin layer of epoxy to seal the top to create a table top. We used contact paper to hold in the epoxy.

The log was turned over, epoxy mixed, and poured into the hole.

A second layer was added after the first cured to create a nice strong top.

Peel off the covering to reveal the epoxy.

Step 6: Make Light Insert

The lamp insert was made from PVC pipe, a pool noodle, and cord set. All the pieces were fitted together and the socket was wedged securely into the pool noodle hole to hold it in place.

Step 7: Done!

This is actually the second version of this lamp as we had an issue with the epoxy on the first pour. To see what happened in our first go and what we learned- watch the video or visit our website here.

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