Spider Shaped Lamp




This is my attempt to make a spider shaped lamp. I used mahogany for this purpose and an Edison bulb.

So lets get started,

Tools And Materials:

  • Wood (any kind, I used mahogany)
  • Super glue
  • Wood glue
  • Sander
  • Drill
  • Rotary tool
  • Sandpaper
  • 8mm drill bit
  • 28mm spade bit
  • Band saw
  • Miter saw
  • Clear varnish

Please check out this video I have made to understand what is going on and to see the whole process:

Step 1: Select and Prepare the Wood

Get a piece of wood and cut it into 2.00 x 1.2 cm strips. These strips are going to be used for the spider's legs. You can also use a planer if you have got one to plane the wood. If you do not have one you can use a hand plane.

Step 2: The Socket

You will also need a socket for the light bulb. I have chosen a metallic one, not for its appearance but because it was the only one that could be disassembled and give small parts. I used only the ring you can see on the picture.

Step 3: Making the Spider's Body (Part 1)

The spider's body is consisted by two discs of wood each one 3.0 cm tall. The one of them has to be hollowed using a 28 mm spade bit. This is going to be the part where the socket will fit in.

So cut the two pieces on the band saw and glue them together. Use a clamp to apply pressure and once they are clamped let the glue set overnight.

Step 4: Making the Spider's Body (Part 2)

Once the glue is dry take the piece you just made and give it a round shape. A lathe would help a lot but once I haven't got one I had to find another way to do it. So I removed as much material I could using an orbital sander.

Step 5: Spider Legs

Using your miter saw cut out six pieces 6 cm long with miters on both ends. I cut two pieces at 45°, two at 30° and two more at 35°. You can cut your pieces at any angle you like as long as its not less than 30°.

Next cut six more pieces 15 cm long. Again two of them at 45°,two at 30° and two more at 35°.

Step 6: Spider Legs (Part 2)

Shape the spider's legs as shown on the picture 2 and glue them together. You should have something like this.

Now with your rotary tool shape the legs to make a good contact with the spider's body.

Step 7: Attach the Legs

Attach the legs on the body using super glue. You can also use wood glue but it takes more time and it is difficult to clamp the legs on the body.

Step 8: Jaws

Again for the spider's jaws cut two small pieces of wood and glue them together as you did with the legs. This time use a hand saw or a hand miter saw because the parts are too small and it is dangerous to use power tools.

Step 9: Attach the Cord

Drill a 8mm hole on the spider's belly for the cord. Pass the cord through the hole and connect the wires on the socket. Once you have the wires connected place the socket into the hole on the wood and secure it with two screws.

Step 10: Paint or Varnish

Finish the lamp the way you want it, whether using spray lacquer or paint.

Step 11: It Is Done!

The spider lamp is ready. Hope you had a good time reading this.If you have any questions I am here to help!

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    31 Discussions


    1 year ago

    I am terrified of spiders, but this is still gorgeous! I think this would look amazing mounted on a wall. :D


    2 years ago

    I'd make this as a gift for an arachnophobe. IT'S TIME TO GET OVER YOUR FEAR DOUG!

    1 reply

    2 years ago

    Ιt would be very kind if you upload a pdf file for all of us beginners !!!

    1 reply

    Γεια σου φίλε Κώστα. PDF εχω φτιάξει για προηγούμενα instructables που εχω ανεβάσει εδω. Αυτη τη κατασκευή δε τη σχεδίασα εξαρχής αλλα δούλεψα οπως μου έβγαινε. Γιαυτο δεν εχω σχέδια. Στο επόμενο... Σε ευχαριστώ για το σχόλιό σου.


    2 years ago

    Great job! I think I might try it with my woodworking class. Excellent details with the 'ible. A small side note... I know that it means less control; but what about using a pushstick or cutting jig with the bandsaw cuts? I watched the video thinking it would be great to show to a class but wow man, I worry about your fingers. Can't show that to a group of kids or I will have a few rides to the hospital with students. :-)

    1 reply
    fs woodworkingstumitch

    Reply 2 years ago

    Hi, if you want to make something like that for a class I would suggest you not to use the band saw the way I use it. You can make a jig with clamps like a crosscut sled and with your fence you can cut all pieces cleanly and more safely. Have a good day and I am here if you have any more questions.


    2 years ago

    Love it! My brother in law said "NOPE, I'd wake up and smash it" at my suggestion we put it on his bed stand. Needless to say he has arachnophobe.

    2 replies
    fs woodworkingSensath

    Reply 2 years ago

    Haha, you can persuade him that it is not a spider but an ant.

    Yonatan24fs woodworking

    Reply 2 years ago

    Doesn't help me. I'd squish an ant* but am terrified of spiders!

    *Maybe**, if I feel really brave.

    **Circular saws are cute though