How to Make a Booklamp




About: I am a graduated furniture maker from the Netherlands.

Some time ago I got an order from a customer to make something useable out of old books. These books were not sellable anymore, but to throw them away is a waste. So I came up with a reading lamp (haha get it?)

This is my second instructable so let me know what you think and if you have any tips!

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Step 1: Drill Some Holes for the Bolts

First you want to make a solid object out of this book. You have two options:

1: glue every page together.

2: use bolds to press the pages together

I choose option 2 of course because I don’t want to spent sooo much time on sticking all pages together with glue.

So what you need to do is use a clamp, to press the book firm together. Once you done that, drill holes in the corners of the book. Stick your bolts in it, put your nuts on the bolts and make sure to turn them tight.

Step 2: Hollow Out the Inside of the Book

Now you need to hollow the book out.

I used a Fein machine which makes a lot of noises but works perfect. Make sure you do not make too much heat, you might burn the paper!

Stop with cutting once you reached the book cover.

Step 3: Drill the Holes

Drill the holes you need (one forthe lamp socket and one for the on/off switch)

make sure that you don’t push too hard because you might break the cover.

Step 4: Assemble It

Assemble the light socket and on/off switch and of course the wires. Make sure you don’t have any naked wirers because you are working in paper.

And last but not least cut the bolds.


Please let me know how you liked it and any tips are more then welkome!

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    4 Discussions


    Question 4 months ago on Introduction

    Could you show how to actually assemble the switch, cords, etc? The rest of this is Target common sense, so that would be the really helpful part.


    1 year ago

    Very nicely done! Did you already write an instructables on this a couple of years back? I feel like I already saw this once.
    Anyhow, great job!

    1 reply

    Reply 1 year ago

    Oh no I thought I was original! Hahaha no I didn't write anything. Tnx for your nice reply!