my first Instructables project is a simple wooden lamp that anyone can easily make at home with minimal handcrafting skill. It's perfect for mood lightning or children's night light.
I hope you enjoy the lamp's feeling just like me!
- 1 package Jenga blocks (or some other brand)
- 1 warm-white LED light bulb
- 1 lightbulb socket
- 1 lamp cord (with ON/OFF switch)
- 1 U-type nail
- 4 L-type nail
- glue gun + glue rods
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Step 1: Wiring
At first connect the lamp cord to the lightbulb socket.
Ensure the neutral and hot wires went to the related terminals within the lampholder.
(Screw type lampholder normally come in 3 parts, cap or bottom part, center part or connection for wires and skirt or top part. There will be several different styles but the principle will always be the same.)
With all screw type light bulb holder its important to connect the live wire (Brown) to the centre pin of the lampholder. The best way to do this is to find the centre pin, follow the metal back to the point it connects to the screw terminal on the other side. This is the live terminal.
I used an E27 bakelite lampholder full threaded skirt with 2 shade rings.
Step 2: Designing
Plan the shape of the lamp and try to stack the blocks.
I chose a hexagon shape with relatively small gaps. To these form place the ground pieces in a rectangular shape so that the corners do not touch each other. In the second row rotate the blocks 45 degrees. And so on in the following lines.
At the 4th or 5th row (depending on the size of the lampholder) use the nailed pieces that will hold the socket. Important that the lampholder should be at such height that the lamp cord shouldn't break.
Use your fantasy and creativity at the designing!
Step 3: Sticking
After designing use the glue gun and stick the blocks together as planned.
Pay attention to where the pieces fit and do not use too much glue.
Step 4: Compiling
Carefully insert the assembled lightbulb socket into the lamp. With the 2 shade rings lock it to the right position - the L-type nails will hold the socket. If necessary, one can easily adjust the nails with a pliers.
Secure the output wire with the U-nail at the bottom of the lamp.
Srew in the light bulb. I advise to use an LED bulb because it has minimal heat dissipation and does not heat the wooden blocks.
Step 5: Enjoying
Enjoy the cozy lights of the house's new decoration! :)
This is an entry in the
Indoor Lighting Contest