My dining room lamp shade is kind of doll , and simple looking ( Bought it in Ikea )
So, as i know my self , it was only a matter of time i would find an excuse to replace it.
Sooooo , since i had some free time ( Saturday afternoon ) , i found a a few wood boards leftovers from some other project i finished a few weeks ago , i decided to use it and build myself a new Ceiling Wooden Lamp.
Hope you enjoy this Instructable
Step 1: Get the Wood Needed
Start by measuring the dimensions of the light fixture you desire to build.
Mine are :
120cm length X 25cm height X 25cm width
You will need the next tools:
bolts to connect the wooden rods
Glue for wood ( Elmer`s Glue the best )
Drill bit set
Saw ( Electric or regular - what ever more convenient to you )
Step 2: Saw the Wooden Rods
My wooden rods were not the same length - so i grabbed them all on the table , made sure that one side is aligned , and then i cut the leftovers
Step 3: Create Connection Rods
Now we need to connect all the structure together using the rods that i cut
I measured " according to the eye " the size of the structure.
So first we mark using a pencil the desired size , and the we cut -- a total of 8 pieces
Step 4: Drill the Rods
Now , one thing that i have learned from past mistakes is that if we try to screw a bolt inside a wood without drilling it before , the board will crack open and the wood plank will be week and can break easily.
So the best thing to do, is to take some small drill bit ( a bit smaller than the bolt itself ) and drill in the middle of the connection rods
Start by marking the middle with a pencil , than drill !
Step 5: Drill the Long Woods
The same "rule" here, we need to drill also
First mark the middle and than drill
Step 6: Carve the Wood
Now we need to make sure that the bolts we screw inside the wood , won`t be seen , so for that we need make some carving using the Dremel tool.
Take the Dremel and carve a bit where we drilled the holes , that way the bolt will go " inside the wood "
** Warning , please use goggles , and take into consideration that it can be " smokey " :)
Step 7: Screw the Bolts
Now we need to connect all.
Step 8: Continue
Step 9: The Frames Are Ready
Step 10: Glue !
Now , since we cannot bolt the upper frame to the bottom using the rods ( since the location of the bolts is in the middle of the rod )
I have to glue it using the Elmers Wood Glue
Apply a thin layer of glue , and put the rods on it , than apply glue to to upper part and carefully place the upper frame.
Step 11: Apply Weight
Now , the annoying part.
We need to wait for at least 24 hours for the glue to dry completely - only after that it will bond strong enough to the wood and it will become " one part "
Step 12: The Cage After the Glue Binding
Looks good and feels strong
Step 13: Add Wood Filler Glue #1
Now we need to apply a layer of wood filler on all places where the poles are attached.
that way you get a clean look and the overall result would be much better
Step 14: Wood Filler Glue #2
Make sure all the gaps and cracks are filled with the filler glue
Once finished, let it dry over night , and than we will probably need to apply a second layer for maximum results
Step 15: BEER Brake !
A must !
Step 16: Sanding Time
Now , once all the job of filling the gaps with the filler has finished , we need to sand the boards and glue to be smooth .
You can use the knife above for the glue that wont remove , and the sanding paper ( Grit 100 and 250 ) for the rest of the process
Step 17: Sanding #1
Sand the wood filler laeft overs and make sure the layer is nice ans smooth
I used two types of sanding paper ( grit 200 first and 100 )
Step 18: Let the Paint Begin!
I wanted the lampshade to be Carbon Black.
Sooo i went a haead and painted it using a spray , the best and fastest way ( i messed up all my room ! make sure you put something big on the floor - the spray get`s everywhere! )
Came out awesome!
Step 19: Drill Upper Part for Hinges
I want to hang the lampshade with hinges ( and for the wires use a fishing wire )
So i took a Dremel with a small grinding bit , drilled, and put inside the hinge
Step 20: Create a Long Wood Pole for the Lamps
Now , i want to create an upper pole, that will connect all lamp houses together , and it will also be hang using the fishing wire
So you need to start by cutting the upper board ( the same size or so as the lampshade housing )
Mark with a pencil the holes needed to be drilled ( i have 5 lamps , so i divided the length of the pole by 6 - that way you get the same length between each lamp )
Than drill using drill and electric screw driver - start with a small drill bit ( 5mm and move up till 6.5mm )
Step 21: Glue Upper Connectors
the wires will be connected to each other and than to the mains
I glued them all using a strong glue
Step 22: Wiring!
Let the wiring begin
Start by measuring the length between each connector and cut the cable and attach it to the connector
Step 23: Staple the Wires
For you no to see then beneath the lampshade
Step 24: Paint the Lamp Houses
I decided to paint the lamps houses , that`s much cooler
So you will need to temporarily staple them to some pole , paint them and let it dry for a few hours , than do a second layer for it to stick , and look good
Step 25: Dry and Ready to Be Attached
Looks good , came out grainy
Step 26: Attach It to the Upper Rod
Attached it to upper rod, and create hinges to hang it
Moreover , i painted it in black also !
Step 27: Ready !
Just a quick sanding to the edges of the lampshade
Step 28: Remove Old Lampshade
Removed the old ugly Ikea lampshade ;)
Step 29: Hanging It All
It was kind of tricky to hang it by myself , but i managed to do it
First step it to mark the location of the lampshade with a pencil ,make sure you take the correct measurements since after you cannot relocate it
Drill the ceiling , put a masonry anchor and put the screw ( in order for the screw to go inside the wall you need to increase the size of the outer hole - that way the screw will be " inside " the wall and all you will see are the strings of the fishing wire
Step 30: Connect the Fishing Wire
Connect the fishing wire , tie it strong! and than screw a bit more the bolt - you don`t want it to be seen
Step 31: Hang the Middle Center Pole
Attache the fishing wires to the center pole anchors - use a leveler to make sure it`s leveled
Step 32: Duck Take the Wires
Looks better this way
Step 33: Place the Main Lampshade
It is tricky, if someone can help you hold it while you tie the fishing wire that would be great , it`s much easier this way.
I did it by myself , it was hard but i made it
Make sure you use a leveler all the time!
Step 34: Paint the Bulbs Itself
I thought that the bulbs will come up better if they were painted also
So , here you go
Step 35: Finished!
Just apply a small layer of gypsum , let it dry , sand it a bit , and apply white paint
And your done!
It was two weeks of perfect fun , i love creating new Instructables
Hope you enjoyed