95% Recycled Wood Lamp

About: Just sharing what I enjoy making.

Lamps are a good way to learn how to do wiring an electrical safety if you are a younger robot please get an adult to help.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Drill and Drill bits
  • Screwdriver
  • Sandpaper

Materials

  • Wood
  • Switch
  • Lamp Hardware
  • Lead

Step 2: Cut and Sand

I used a reclaimed pallet wood. But any wood witch you can hollow out to add the sitch is okay.

Cut to size and then sand, sand till you can run your hand over it and not get splinters.

Step 3: Drilling

Layout your cord in the way you want it and drill holes for the cord. Then hollow out a hole big enough for the switch to fit in. Next, drill a hole for the top of the switch to go through. This is a messy part and will create a lot of sand dust, so wear a mask and do it in a well-ventilated area that is easy to clean up.EDIT Drill a half hole at the top for the lead to hold it in place at the top.

Step 4: Weiring

BE CAREFUL WHEN WIRING, never have the lamp plugged in will touching wires. Here is a video that can help with the proses. This isn't my video it belongs to John Ward from youtube check him out he does good work. Wiring and being able to be safe with electricity is a good skill to have but I am not an expert and don't wont to tell you the wrong thing. So check out the video and do some research on the best method.

Step 5: Screw and Enjoy

After you are happy with the wiring screw your pieces of wood together and enjoy your handy work.

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    ronanry

    5 months ago

    very good background choice for your first picture ;)

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    Wraithbourn

    6 months ago

    I would suggest an LED bulb in that contraption. Not only is an incandescent bulb going to get hot and be a potential fire hazard if knocked over or left too close to something flammable, but without a lampshade it could be incredibly easy to break the glass bulb as well. An LED bulb is a plastic shell and I've yet to break one even when dropped. It also didn't appear that the cord is secured at the top of the lamp, which would seem to me to be more of a liability of the bulb swinging off and breaking against something. Just some reservations I had on this build.

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    OutSideTheBoXOXWraithbourn

    Reply 5 months ago

    Hi Wraithbourn, thanks for your comment. You could definitely use an LED bulb, I used an Edison bulb because I think it matches the look I was going for, I haven't had any problem with overheating. As for the lead, there is a notch at the top of the lamp witch keeps the lead in place. Looking over the Instructable I have missed that step in the wright up sorry. Thank you for your feed back and I will edite it.