Rustic Wooden Chandelier

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About: Love to spend time in my workshop, transform ideas in the real world !

The Internet is a fantastic tool to find the inspiration for a project. Just like here at instructables :-D ...

For my lighting project, I found my inspiration here: https://www.idlights.com/wooden-beam/

We talk about inspiration, because I wanted to have a little more '' rustic-chic '' vs '' rustic-barn style '' finishes ... That shall fit better with my overall home style.

I think I did well !

Hoping that in your turn, my project can inspire you !

Step 1: 3D Design

It's always a good idea to start your project with an overall drawing or 3D.

In my design, I needed 2 brackets to hold the beam ... so with the 3D modelisation done, I ensure that the proportion I wanted to have was respected ...

And it's so easy to generated 2D drawing when you have done your 3D model. (I used Autodesk Inventor) ...

Assembly-Lampe.stp

Step 2: Brackets

I'm not well equiped at my house to bend 1/4'' steel bar ...

Thank you to ''Adwill'' (small metal shop near my house) that as made 2 for me ...

Bracket.stp

Step 3: Carving the Beam

I think that I've found a cheap way of doing it ...

I started with my skill saw to generated straight cut around what I'll need to remove.

After that, I drilled around an 100 holes at the desired depth ... Finally, I carve every material left with a wood chisel ....

It took me around 3 hours to complete the job ... not so bad !

The pocket will let enough room to hide any electric wire and in the same time, it come with a weight reduction of the beam ! Fantastic !

Step 4: Hardware Painting

Don't under estimate the time you will spend painting your hardwares. (naturally, if you want them painted) ...

Hardware are not so easy to paint (many surfaces and sides to cover) so it finished most of the time with 3 layers of paint.

Dont forget to do a dry fit of the installation to make sure you have the proper lenght of chain and all the chain accessories needed.

Step 5: Ceiling Support

Unfortunaly, I dont have any picture of the reinforcement I've done over the ceilling. (by the attic) . I was scared a little bit by the overall weight of my project (around 70 lb.) That's why I build extra support to make sure anchorage will be strong enough ...

Also, I removed the old lamp fixture. Done the ceiling patch required.

I didnt want any visible electrical fixture over the lamp, that's why a created new one directly in the attic, and just let the wire go thru an hole in the ceiling. It create a nice and neat finish !

Step 6: Wiring Lamp Sockets

My wish was to have a mix of sockets and bulb style ...

I bought 3 types of antique lamps and in the same way, 3 different types of sockets. Really simple to connect ...

Figure the length of wire needed ... In my case, I took about 10 feet for each lamp. Calculate 3 laps around the wooden beam. and still, I have spare lenght as you can see in the photo (bottom of the beam)

I have prepared 4 electric box inside the beam for a safe and secure connection.

I split my source of power in the attic in 2. (It's the 2 wires that you see going down the chains ...)
So in the first electric box, I connected one of the power, 2 lamp sockets and the bridge that brings the current to the second box.

In the second box, I already had the bridge, plus 3 lamp sockets. For summary, I had 5 lights plugged into the first 2 boxes electric.

Same thing with the two left box …power wire from the second circuit in the attic, one bridge and 2 sockets.

In the last one, I had the bridge, plus 2 lights ... I hope I was clear enough

Step 7: Finalise the Lamp

It was now time to install the lamp on the beam.

The only thing left (maybe the hardest part for a guy like me) ... do something artistic ... (play with a different height ...), choose which bulb should go there .... etc ...

I think I've done a good work ! The final result look artistic ? what do you think ? ;-p

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    LVB

    3 days ago

    Not only are you talented and knowledgeable and skilled and resourceful and an excellent explainer-of-things, you also have a wonderful sense of design. (I couldn't begin to make this, but I know good stuff when I see it!)

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    Simon_CloutierLVB

    Reply 3 days ago

    Thanks alot for you comments, I appreciate !

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    halciber

    Question 9 days ago

    I really like this lighting concept. The look is fabulous. I am wondering if you could please post some additional picture about how you wired up the lights to the hardware in the wooden post? Also, did you do anything to mitigate the weight of the light when hanging from the hardware (eg. looping the cord around a post or something like that)?

    Thanks!

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    Simon_Cloutierhalciber

    Reply 9 days ago

    Hi, I just added some more photo and instruction regarding the electrical connection, hope it will help ! You will also notice some staple in the side of the pocket to help hanging the light ... but in fact, the loop it self kept everything in place ...

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    halciberSimon_Cloutier

    Reply 8 days ago

    Hi Simon,

    Thank you for posting those extra photos. It made the final construction of the electrical much clearer, and it also helped me understand how the weight of the lights was transfered to the wood.

    This is a terrific instructable! Thank you for sharing this with us.

    Best,
    Mike

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    mrcanoehead224

    9 days ago

    Nice, I like the variety of bulbs and sockets.

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    ScottH218

    9 days ago

    A very nice looking lighting fixture. I have a question about the wiring. I see where you installed 4 junction boxes. Did you fit each of them with electrical sockets that each individual lamp plugs into? Or some other way. The wiring has had me stumped and kept me from tackling a similar project myself. I didn't think of partially hollowing out of the beam to contain and conceal part of the electrics.

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    Simon_CloutierScottH218

    Reply 9 days ago

    Hi, firstly, thanks for the comment ... I
    understand you well ... I like playing with wood and other
    things more than electricity let say ....


    I will try to explain it to you simply.


    First, I split my source of power in the attic
    in 2. (It's the 2 wires that you see down the chains ...


    So in the first electric box, I connected one of the power wire, 2 lamp sockets and the bridge that brings the current to the second
    box. In the second box, I already had the bridge, plus 3 lamp sockets.


    For summary, I had 5 lights plugged into the
    first 2 boxes electric.


    Same thing with the left electrical box,
    a power wire, a bridge and 2 sockets.


    and in the last boxes, I had the bridge, plus 2
    lights ...





    So here, I hope I was clear enough.

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    Simon_CloutierScottH218

    Reply 9 days ago

    Hi, firstly, thanks for the comment ... I understand you well ... I like playing with wood and other things more than electricity let say ....


    I will try to explain it to you simply.


    First, I split my source of power in the attic in 2. (It's the 2 wires that
    you see down the chains ...


    So in the first electric box, I connected one of the power wire, 2 lamp sockets and
    the bridge that brings the current to the second box. In the second box, I already
    had the bridge, plus 3 lamp sockets.


    For summary, I had 5 lights plugged into the first 2 electric boxes.


    Same thing with the right electrical box, the left power wire, a bridge and
    2 sockets.


    and in the last boxes, I had the bridge, plus 2 lights ...





    So here, I hope I was clear enough.

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    Simon_CloutierScottH218

    Reply 9 days ago

    Hi, firstly, thanks for the comment ... I understand you well ... I like playing with wood and other things more than electricity let say ....
    I will try to explain it to you simply.
    First, I split my source of power in the attic in 2. (It's the 2 wires that you see down the chains ...
    So in the first electric box, I connected one of the power wire, 2 lamp sockets and the bridge that brings the current to the second box. In the second box, I already had the bridge, plus 3 lamps sockets.
    For summary, I had 5 lights plugged into the first 2 electrical boxes.
    Same thing with the right electrical box, a power wire, a bridge and 2 sockets.
    and in the last boxes, I had the bridge, plus 2 lights ...

    I hope I was clear enough.
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    keets

    10 days ago

    We have a 'be nice policy'. So my only option is to say that it looks great!
    Now serious again: Really nice, and for sure the style is better like you choose it than the 'used dark style' in the other picture.

    You made to cuts and drilled afterwards all the blind holes. Was it not possible to cut with the skill saw all lines with about 6-7mm between? Than you could hammer the rest out and finetune with the chissel. It's faster, I think.
    But afterwards talking is easy, the result is the same: great lamp!

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    Simon_Cloutierkeets

    Reply 9 days ago

    Hi, Thank you for your comment !
    The things with the cut-out was that I need a deeper depth than my skill saw allowed me to do ... The goal was to reduce weight ... but you're totally right ... your technic is much faster and at the end, i didnt reduce that much weight by going a bit deeper ! We always learn !

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    KJill

    9 days ago

    Getting that random look of bulb height and style is much harder than people think. You did a great job creating an interpretation of your inspiration fixture that looks good in your home. Not being a big fan of the current exposed bulb look I am surprised at how much I really love this!