I made this lamp for my really small kitchen
I had just a ceramic base with a light bulb screwed in it and that made the light very harsh on my eyes.
Now with this lamp i can control the direction of the lighting.
This project has a low cost and can be done in a weekend.
Step 1: Tools
You need :
a drilling machine
some wood drills and something to measure with
Step 2: Parts and Misc.
I used three m6 bolts: 4 cm long , 2.5 cm long and the third 5 cm long.
two wing nuts and washers
a ceramic light bulb base
The lamp consists of:
base 13/13 cm
base arm 7 cm long two pieces plus a spacer needed
middle arm 15 cm long one piece
top arm 12 cm long one piece cut at an angle to attach the bulb base like in the picture
Step 3: Cut the Wood Parts
Cut your pieces on the table saw . If yo do not have a table saw you can use the jigsaw instead .
All pieces except the base are 3.5 cm wide and one cm thick.
Step 4: Mark and Round
I used a big washer to make all the ends round so i measured where the center of the washer should be.Also the center of the washer is where the hole for the bolt will be.
Cut the ends using the jigsaw.
Step 5: Drilling
I drilled the base arm in its bottom and glued in a screw.This is a pivot point for the whole lamp.I used a two part resin as a glue.
I also drilled holes for the connecting bolts in all pieces
Step 6: Base Arm
The base arm is made out of a spacer glued in between two pieces of wood.
I had to put the bolt in as I glued the parts so the holes would be aligned.
Step 7: Cut the Shape of the Base
I made the base out of two board pieces but the square shape was a little boring so I cut it in a diamond shape.
I then drilled a hole in the middle of it. This is where the base arm will connect .
Step 8: Cut the Angle for the Bulb Base
One piece was cut at a 45 angle and connected to the bulb base.
Step 9: Sanding and Waxing
I sanded all surfaces and applied a coat of wax paste.
Wax is a really nice finish and it also prevents cracking in the wood.
Step 10: Making the Lampshade
I took a flower pot and added a layer of baking paper and plastic foil .
I then brushed wood glue on it and twisted sewing thread round it .
I then brushed another layer of wood glue and left it to dry for a day in a warm place.
Step 11: Assembly
I connected all three arms to each other with bolts and wing nuts.
The base is connected to the base arm by using two nuts .
I added the electric wire which was threaded through two hook eye screws and then connected to the bulb base.
The wire is also passed through the base and a knot is made on the back side so that the wire can never rip out from the wall connections .
I then glued the lamp shade to the wood using some contact cement and two staples.
Step 12: A Video Aid
Hope that the video is helpful to show the process in more detail.
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