Introduction: Smart Floor Corner Wooden LED Lamp DIY
I found a veneered MDF wooden board a few months ago on the street. It was thrown away.
I liked its texture and knew I can reuse it and make something special with it...
Lately, I made some order in my storage, and found an aluminum LED strip profile, which was dismantled from our old kitchen top cabinet. I decided to reuse them both, and make a lamp for our living room corner.
Initially, I planned to connect a line switch to the Lamp cable, but finally, I decided to make it a smart lamp, using a Z-Wave switch that I had from my Smart Home system and Google Hub device that I got lately as a gift. More details in later steps.
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- Circular saw or another saw
- Sander - https://ali.ski/mcjGAn
- Sanding paper
- Drill driver
- Measuring tape
- Paint brush
- Wood board
- 3 big angle brackets (for the wood corner)
- 3 small angle brackets (for the base connection)
- Corner aluminum led profile
- 12V Flexible led Strip ~240cm (I used 5630 300SMD Un-Waterproof)
- DC 12V 3A Power Supply Adapter
- DC female connector
- Wood glue
- Super 7 glue
Clear protective topcoat
Conecete paving tile (or another heave base for the lamp)
Step 1: The Original Wooden Board
This is the veneered MDF wooden board I found on the street.
Step 2: Sanding the Wooden Board
I sanded the wooden board using a random orbit sander and finally using a sanding paper.
I had to sand the board carefully, since it isn't made from solid wood, but from MDF covered with veneer.
Step 3: Cutting the Board - Step 1
I had an old aluminum led profile in height of 80cm, so I needed wooded board in this size.
I cut the board using a circular saw.
This the led profile I had - https://www.bellco.co.il/en/gl084-aluminum-profile-for-led-lighting.aspx
Step 4: Cutting the Board - Step 2
I cut 80cm length board to 2 pieces in the middle.
Now I hade 2 boards with a size of 80cm * 14.5cm. These will create the 90 degrees for the lamp structure.
Step 5: Connecting the Boards Vertically
I connected the 2 wooden boards vertically (in 90 degrees), using 3 big steel angle brackets that I had from old speakers mount.
Each was connected with 2 small screws for each board.
Step 6: Initial Fit Checking of the Led Aluminum Profile
I checked that the led aluminum profile fits to the 90 degrees space created between the boards.
See the aluminum profile dimensions in the image (Bellco GL084 - Aluminum Profile for LED Lighting)
Step 7: Preparing the Top Wooden Board - Step 1
I cut a wooden piece in size of 14.5cm * 14.5cm, same size of the lamp sides.
I cut 2 2*2cm wood profile pieces to connect to the top board, and drilled holes for the screws.
Step 8: Preparing the Top Wooden Board - Step 2
I connected each wood profile from the previous step to the bottom side of the top board, using wood glue and screws.
Step 9: Connecting the Top Wooden Board
I connected the top wooden board between each of the lamp sides, using wood glue and screws through the wooden profiles.
Step 10: Removing the Led Aluminum Profile Cover
I removed the led aluminum profile cover before connecting it to the wood parts.
Step 11: Connecting the Led Aluminum Profile
I connected the led aluminum profile to the wood, using Super 7 glue.
I put glue on the 2 sides of the 90 degrees space over the wood.
Finally, I wrapped the wood and aluminum toghether using 2 car tie straps, so it will be tight and also I could continue my work with the led strip.
Step 12: Preparing the Led Strip
I took a led strip leftover I had from previous projects, and removed it from its plastic wheel.
Step 13: Making Space for the Led Strip
I drilled at the bottom lamp side of the aluminum profile, using a cone drill bit, in order to have space for the led strip pass from the front side of the lamp to the back side.
Step 14: Connecting the Led Strip - Back
I removed the back glue cover from the led strip and stretched and connected it over the lamp boards.
I started from the back side bottom to the top, then folded it in about 90 degrees to the second board, then folded it again in 90 degrees. Finally I had 2 lines of strip on the back side of the lamp.
On each folding corder, I connected it using a hammer, with a cable nail clip, in order to have more strong connection.
Step 15: Connecting the Led Strip - Front
I continue to stretched and connect the led strip to the front side of the lamp.
Finally, I cut the end wit scissors (in the marked position for cutting), folded the end, and put the side plastic of the aluminum profile.
Step 16: Putting Back the Led Aluminum Profile Cover
I put the aluminum profile cover back on the profile.
Step 17: Connecting the Led Strip to DC Female Connector
I connected the 2 led strip wires to a DC Female Connector. This connected will be used later for connecting the Power Adapter.
Step 18: Preparing the Lamp Base
I thought how to make the lamp stabe enough so it won't fall.
Initially, I though about a wooden base, but I needed a heavy wood.
Finally, I found a Concrete Paving Tile which was a bit bigger than the lamp (about 21*21cm) and decided to use it as a base.
So now I had wood, metal and stone :)
I glued 4 pieces of rubber to the bottom of the base, using super 7 glue.
Step 19: Connecting Angle Brackets for the Lamp Base
I connected 3 90 degrees angle brackets to the inner bottom lamp side, using small screws.
Later, this will be the connection to the tile base.
Step 20: Marking the Holes on the Lamp Base
I marked the position of the angle brackets over the tile, using a pencil.
Initially, I didn't know if I would place the lamp corner close to the tile edge or place it on the center of the tile, so I marked 2 places for any case.
Step 21: Drilling the Holes on the Tile Base
I drilled the holes on the tile using a Multi purpose drill bit. While using these drill bits, the drill mode should be changed to normal (without hammer).
As explained before, I drilled holes in 2 different places, to have an option to change the wooden lamp parts position later.
I put a screw plastic plug in each hole, using the hammer.
Step 22: Checking the Lamp Position on the Tile
I checked which position seems better.
Finally, I decided to go with the 1st option - put the wood parts on the middle of the tile, and not tight to the edge.
I connected the angle brackets to the tile base using screws.
Step 23: Connecting and Placing the Led Power Supply Sdapter
I connected the DC male of the Power Supply Adapter, to the pre connected DC female connector.
Then, I connected the adapter to the wood with a cable nail clips.
Step 24: Preparing for Painting
I put an dhesive tape over the aluminum and base tile parts, before painting.
Step 25: Painting With Clear Protective Top Coat
I always like to give my kids a chance for helping me in my projects. For now, it's "only" painting... but they feel part of the project... and it also makes them to take care carefully, to keep my projects builds without damage :) :)
Finally, I removed the tape from the aluminum and tile.
Step 26: Placing and 1st Connection of the Lamp
I placed the lamp on a corner in our living room and connected it on the first time to see the result.
Step 27: The Result
I was happy to see that the lamp worked and lit up on both front and back (wall) sides, as I planned :)
Step 28: Making It Smart...
I had a Z-Wave Plug-in ON/OFF Switch, which is part of my Smart Home system, so I decided to use it with my new lamp.
This gives me the option to turn the lamp on and off from a mobile application.
If you would like to see more details about the system I'm using, you can read here: WeR@Home Smart Living System
Step 29: Making It Smarter...
Lately, I received a Google Hub device as a gift, but I didn't find too many things to do with it.
Now is the time...
I associated it with my Smart Home system, so now I could control the lamp by voice as well. See the video for the demonstration.
My kids enjoy to turn it on and off by voice... :)
Step 30: Result Photos - LED Off
Step 31: Result Photos - LED On
Step 32: Video of the Full Making Process
Watch the full making process video to see all details.
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