(February 2017, Update with comments tips)
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
Everything you need to make a custom lamp with logs:
- Plexiglass piece tube (30 cm long and 4 cm diameter)
- Polycarbonate is a durable plastic that provides toughness, dimensional stability, and excellent impact resistance
- Clear polycarbonate is often used as a lightweight, impact-resistant alternative to glass
- Temperature range of -275 to +250 degrees F
- Very Low Power Consumption 1.5 watt per foot long life 40,000
- Lenght 8.2 ft with 150 LED only 5/16" wide (8mm)
- Peal and Stick with 3M adhesive backing
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.
- 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.
4. Sand down the surface of each wood slice with sandpaper.
5. Put wood glue on the inside of each hole and let it dry for a day.
6. Put some wood sticks to get the desired space between wood slices.
7. Varnish each wood slice and let them dry, repeat the operation 2 to 3 times.
8. Cut the plexiglass tube (40 cm) and install the LED light strip inside, you can fix it with scotch tape.
9. Install wood slices one by one on the plexiglass tube and fix with wood glue.
- 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