How to Make a Spectacular Floor Log Lamp

(February 2017, Update with comments tips)

How to make a spectacular log lamp? 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 log lamp, with modern design but also more expensive here: Sculptural California Cedar Wood Lamp or use best browser page to find others tutorials on DIY websites.

How to Make a Spectacular Floor Log Lamp - wood-lamps, floor-lamps

Everything you need to make a custom log lamp:

This is the list of equipment needed to make the log 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.

How to Make a Spectacular Floor Log Lamp - wood-lamps, floor-lamps

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.

How to Make a Spectacular Floor Log Lamp - wood-lamps, floor-lamps

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

How to Make a Spectacular Floor Log Lamp - wood-lamps, floor-lamps

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

How to Make a Spectacular Floor Log Lamp - wood-lamps, floor-lamps

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

How to Make a Spectacular Floor Log Lamp - wood-lamps, floor-lamps

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

How to Make a Spectacular Floor Log Lamp - wood-lamps, floor-lamps

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

How to Make a Spectacular Floor Log Lamp - wood-lamps, floor-lamps

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

How to Make a Spectacular Floor Log Lamp - wood-lamps, floor-lamps

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 groove 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.

And if you are not a crafter and simply want to buy a similar one, look at this cute wood log lamp:

How to Make a Spectacular Floor Log Lamp - wood-lamps, floor-lamps

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Pavolpi

What wood did you use in this project ?

Allen Michael

I love this lamp! What a great and unique project, thank you for sharing this. I would love to try making this one. And I love how you used plexiglass and LED for this project too.

Tebong franklin

I love that

fischer schikolenko

Can you please tell me how you arranged the lights in the tube. I’m making one and the my lights burnt out due to them being kinked. Thank you very much to whoever responds.

M frazar

fisher,
I just finished my floor lamp and used LED lights. They do not get hot and will not burn out if they touch.

Agnieszka Kowal

Coś pięknego

Jim

Why do you show a round drilled, hole then use a rectangular piece of plexi for the upright ???
From my point of view, this is causing confusion for me at least, if not for others.

Serge Ecoiffier

That’s to dry the finish, nothing more.

Jim

Would you not put the finish on, and allow drying time, before assembling the project ?

Linda Schombert

The rectangular stick was just to hold the slices while they dried, assembled LATER with the circular tube.

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

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

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

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

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