How to Make a Spectacular Floor Lamp with Logs

(February 2017, Update with comments tips)

How to make a lamp with a wood log? You may have wood logs available around you, or maybe a wood part too big to put in a fireplace… Make this amazing wood floor lamp as indoor or outdoor lighting!

This great tutorial will help you in all stages, however, some information, details may be missing, in this case, leave a comment or use your imagination to solve the problem ;) The guide is easier than it sounds, you just need some woodworking knowledge.

You can buy a similar lamp, with modern design but also more expensive here: Sculptural California Cedar Wood Lamp

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Everything you need to make a custom lamp with logs:

  • Plexiglass piece tube (30 cm long and 4 cm diameter)
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This is the list of equipment needed to make the lamp in the picture, for a wooden log about 40cm. If your piece of wood is larger or smaller, adjust the size of the tube.

1. Locate the materials you need for this craft.
2. Cut the wood log into slices (2 cm minimum) with a wood saw.

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Tips :

  • Use a cradle to hold the log so it can’t roll and get thrown (Ruth) or use a chainsaw (Matija).

3. Find the center of each log slice and make a hole with a drill, use the same diameter as the plexiglass tube.

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4. Sand down the surface of each wood slice with sandpaper.

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5. Put wood glue on the inside of each hole and let it dry for a day.

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6. Put some wood sticks to get the desired space between wood slices.

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7. Varnish each wood slice and let them dry, repeat the operation 2 to 3 times.

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8. Cut the plexiglass tube (40 cm) and install the LED light strip inside, you can fix it with scotch tape.

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9. Install wood slices one by one on the plexiglass tube and fix with wood glue.

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Tips :

  • To have a more structural lamp, cut a piece of plexiglass tube (with an inside diameter the same as the outside diameter of the main tube) to the length of the space between each wood block then cut a slit so you can place it around the main plexiglass tube. (VCW, Ken)

10. Cut a grove in the bottom block of wood deep enough to put the power cord through and then fill it with glue to hold it in place

Ready! we have finished making this spectacular lamp with logs. If you need more inspiration, look at this category: Wood Lamps.

10-bis. For those who are afraid to complete this tutorial, know that someone has realized it!

A lamp crafted from this tutorial here: Handmade Tree Log Floor Lamp

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Stuart
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Stuart

What is the best way to get the LEDs to provide even lighting out of the acrylic so the whole lamp is a light

Vlad
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Vlad
Hello all.. It would appear that the most people are trying to figure out how to keep wood parts affixed on to plexiglass tube…. To be fair, I haven’t built this project, but why not choose a tube that has same inside diameter as the hole you drill in the wood, cut the tube (obviously several pieces), to length of the space you desire between wood, and use hot glue to affix the wood to the short tube pieces. Make sure that the inside diameter of the wood and inside diameter of the tube pieces are aligned…. obviously the wall… Read more »
Harvey Trussell
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Harvey Trussell

I haven’t made any lamp yet I have got a lot of sticks cool ones and made walking sticks and got light materials but needed some ideals.i have just found this sit and it great. thanks so much!

Pete
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Pete

This is a great little project. The instructions are plenty good enough. I plan to start mine tomorrow.

Renee-Claude Gratton - Mauve Interiors
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Renee-Claude Gratton - Mauve Interiors

Spectacular! I always love the mix of natural elements and lights. Thanks for the tutorial :)

leon diego
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leon diego

me parecio genial esta idea, quiero felicitarlos por tan buena explicacion ademas de verse muy bonito, gracias

Jim
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Lisa, I would cut the log in the winter, and leave it for a year, depending on the diameter, maybe longer. This gives the wood time to season, and the rounds should not crack. But when working with wood one never knows. I do this with basswood for people who paint and do wood burning, pyrography. Seems to work well. I agree with using the chain saw to cut the rounds. Much safer than the bandsaw. I would also use a scroll saw to cut the centre, as a forstener bit is very aggressive and will move the wood piece… Read more »
jeancormier
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jeancormier

Supère projets

Lisa
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Lisa

How do you keep the log slices from splitting?

Phil Haultain
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Phil Haultain

I’ve been told that if you cut each round on a 30 degree bias, that may prevent splitting and cracking. On the other hand , sometimes I just let it crack, and incorporate it in to the design.

OSCAR
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OSCAR

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