Have you ever seen those designer tripod lamps that are ridiculously expensive, well this week we build one a lot cheaper using a paint bucket and LEDs!
Step 1: Materials
For this project I used:
- A couple of 1x2s
- A small section of 2x4
- Paint Bucket
- Steel Bar
- LED Strip: https://amzn.to/2Glp7bJ
- 12V Power Adapter: https://amzn.to/2DidEci
Step 2: Mark and Cut
The first step in this project was measuring out my legs and then cutting them to size.
Step 3: Shape the Ends
Then using my disk sander I rounded over the ends of the legs to make to break up having so many straight edges.
Step 4: Mark the Holes
Next, I marked the locations for the legs.
Step 5: Drill the Holes
After marking ou the holes I went ahead and drilled them with a 1/4" drill bit for the 1/4" bolts.
Step 6: Making the Center Piece
I traced an equilateral triangle of the right size on a 2x4 and then cut it out on the bandsaw.
Step 7: Leg Assembly
Step 8: Drill More Holes
Then I drilled some more holes to be able to mount up the legs.
Step 9: Make the Lamp
The actual lamp portion of the project I made using a paint bucket that is available at Home Depot. Then I used an LED strip to line the inside of the bucket.
Step 10: Install the Power Jack
The next step was to install the power jack, so I went ahead and drilled a hole, soldered it up and that was done.
Step 11: Install Mounting Bolts and Diffuse the LEDs
I clipped off the handle and enlarged the pre-existing holes and installed the 1/4" mounting bolts. To diffuse the LEDs I just used a bit of parchment paper cut to size.
Step 12: Mark, Cut, Bend
Next up I needed to make a bracket to hold up the lamp portion. To do that I just cut a metal bar to size, marked it, and then scored along those lines with the angle grinder to make it easier to bend it. Then I bent it to the proper shape. Really, you could do whatever you think looks good for this step.
Step 13: Drill Some More Holes
To drill some holes in the bracket, I used a self-centering automatic punch to mark the locations and then drilled some more 1/4" holes.
Step 14: Paint
The only paint I used in this project was to give this bracket a light coat of black.
Step 15: Final Assembly
Then it was time for final assembly, I just drilled a hole into the centerpiece for the bracket to bolt into and then finished butting it all together.
Step 16: It's Done!
That's it, now enjoy the super cool lamp you made with a paint bucket.