What inspired me?
Designing around up cycling and reusing, I love to complete projects orientated around pallet wood. This is a huge modern movement that incorporates rustic pallet wood and turning it into new and exciting products and even art.
Needing a new lamp and an excuse to make something, I quickly drew out a simple lamp design. I wanted a angle poise feel to it. So, I settled with a design and thought out some measurements.
What will you need?
- pallet wood (new or old)
- Jig saw or another type of wood saw
- ruler, tri-square and pencil
- 4mm drill bit
- 10mm drill bit
- Drill driver
- 50mm screw
- 75mm screw
- 3 washers, 3 nuts and 3 bolts (at least 45mm long)
- adjustable spanner
- Dark wood stain and cloth
- LED circuit, battery or USB
- three cable ties
Step 1: Step 1 : Cutting
Before I started to cut the pieces to shape, I made sure each piece would fit onto a single plank by using my pencil and ruler to trace out each piece on the plank. After a few adjustments with the positioning i clamped the wood up and began to cut each piece. Using the jug saw a started to Cut away all unwanted material, i didnt need to be as careful as i planned to use a fine and sander to ensure a clear, flat surface.
Step 2: Step 2 : Drilling
I decided to drill the holes next and using a simple own I marked on where I wanted them to go before using a screw to indent where I needed the hole to be, just to prevent the drill bit from slipping. Using the 10mm drill bit, I placed two holes at either end on the middle piece, one hole at the top of the first piece and one more on the last piece at the top.
Step 3: Step 3 : Sanding
The second most important factor in any product is the finish. And before any stain was added, I needed to sand all the surfaces. Using 100 grit sand paper I gently removed the cut marks left after using the jig saw and I rounded over some if the edges to acquire a softer appearance. Once the edges are done, I used 200 grit sand paper to get a smooth finish all over the lamp.
Step 4: Step 4 : Checking and Staining
Before any stain was added, I decided to quickly construct my lamp just in case I made any errors when actually cutting the pieces. I used three M8 Bolts and hex nuts to secure al of the pieces in the correct position. Once I was sure about both positioning and size, I began to stain.
To finish the wood, I quickly brushed off any sawdust from the surface with a rag and using a cloth, I dabbed on some oak, dark stain. I wanted a very dark surface, however, if you wish to have a lighter or even darker lamp then feel free to use lighter or darker wood stain.
Step 5: Step 5 : Construction
As mentioned in the last step, I used three M8 bolts to secure each piece together. On top of the three M8 bolts, I used three M8 nuts, and washers to ensure the bolts and nuts don’t indent the surface. Wingnuts would have been a much better choice.
Step 6: Step 6 : the Tin and Circuit
The tin was just an ordinary tin from the super market that I cleaned with s sponge and then went over with some wire wool to get rid of any other bits that the sponge missed. I drilled a 5mm hole in the top of the tin in the very centre. I then used the same drill bit to drill a hole in the top side of the tin. This is for the cord to exit the lamp.
The light is a very simple circuit I acquired from kitronik. https://www.kitronik.co.uk/2132-white-usb-lamp-kit.html I also added two long wires to the circuit as I didn’t want to mount the led directly to the circuit. To secure the circuit inside, I just used some double sided tape. I also used a few zip ties to attach the cable to the body of the lamp.
Step 7: Finished
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