In this Instructable, I am going to show you how I made this modern Hexagonal Light from wood. For a detailed video please check my YouTube channel for the video.
For this build I used:
- 1.8m strip of softwood
- Grey Paint, Yellow Paint
- Wood Glue
- Masking / Painter tape
- Light Cord + Bulb
- Drill Bit
Step 1: Cutting the Wood
I started by cutting all the wood down to shape. First I had to work out what sizes I needed, in hindsight I made this light a little too big, but I think it works. I worked out I wanted the tops to be 30cm long, making the most out of my 1.8m of strip wood. Each of the mitre cuts needs to be 30 degrees, so I set my mitre saw at a 30 degree angle and began cutting all the wood. After the first cut, I measured what the length of the actual mitre was, 1cm, and marked out the length of where to start the next cut.
I worked my way along the wood until I had cut 6 equal pieces. Next I found the middle point on top of one of the pieces and drilled a hole large enough for the light cable to fit through.
Step 2: Glue Up
It's always hard to glue up odd shapes, so I used the tape method. I laid out two strips of masking tape long enough to cover 3 edges laid out end to end. Then I lined up the wood with the mitres facing each other, then I put wood glue in each of the edges and then folded them up. I did this in two halves to make it easier, then glue the the two halves together. I added extra tape all around the edges and let this dry over night.
Step 3: Painting
Once the glue had fully dried I removed all the tape. Then I fully taped up the inside of the hexagonal and painted the entire outside with some grey furniture chalk paint. I let it dry for 2 hours and applied another coat all over. Once that was dry a few hours later I removed all tape and carefully taped up all the outside areas that I had already painted grey. I made sure to take my tine to ensure I got a really clean line. I love the grey and yellow combination of colours so went with a nice strong yellow colour for the inside. Again I gave a couple of hours in between coats until I was happy with the look.
Step 4: Electrics
I bought this light cable set on eBay and the light end is already wired and has 2m of a fabric yellow colour. It matches the yellow paint and I think looks really good. I threaded the cable through the hole I made earlier and wired the 3 pin plug. I am no electrician, but if you do not know what you are doing always consult a trained electrician.
Step 5: Finished
That's the light complete! You can mix and match any colours, or make it bigger or smaller. If you make it be sure to send me a photo!