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.

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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.

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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 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:

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Last update on 2018-10-23 / Images from Amazon API


61 thoughts on “How to Make a Spectacular Floor Log Lamp”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

  3. 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.

    1. Linda Schombert

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

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

  5. 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 thickness of the tube has to be sufficient to allow for good glue adherence… Just a thought… cheers all…

  6. 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!

  7. Renee-Claude Gratton - Mauve Interiors

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

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

  9. 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 unless held down tightly using clamps.

    1. 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.

  10. Hi,
    I plan to build such a lamp these days, but I have questions to those how may have tried this before:
    What would you need step five for: Just for a smooth surface touching the plexi glas?
    Also, do you sand the plexi glas in order to have a “difuse” lighting?

    Many thanks!!!

  11. To those who complain about the lack of assembly instructions, people send us their work to share with others, they can sometimes seem incomplete, but they do it for free to give ideas to others. A big part of the work (concept, basic instructions …) is provided to you to do your project and share your experience in the comments.

  12. Stewart Cordner

    yes afraid the how to build instructions are lacking here for what is a wonderful idea – need to be more accurate especially with electricity and lights etc involved. As there was mentioned by others, can’t see how the wood slices stay in position, top and bottom can work that out- what’s holding the equal gaps between wood slices apart? And the bottom slice, presume there is a channel cut for the cable to go into underneath?

    1. Louise Marshall

      It tells you to glue the wood slices to the tube and it tells you to cut a channel in the tube and the bottom slice for the cord.

  13. How does the wood slices stay on the tube? And is the”tube” just a piece of wood, it looks like it. Also, where does the light go in reference to the bottom slice. Thanks for any info in advance.

    1. Lan e,
      Basically use a forester bit to drill a large enough hole for the clear tubing you have. the block of wood was used only to hold the pieces in place as he/she used the varnish and sealer on the pieces. After they dried he glued them to the tube and place what I assume to be an led strip in the tube. I think a small string of lights would work.

    1. It says wood glue, but what I would do is cut pieces of plexi-tube into short lengths (whatever length you want the spaces between the slices to be) with an inside diameter the same as the outside diameter as the main tube. This would be much more structural than trying to hold each slice in place with glue.

    2. I’d cut a piece of plexiglass tube to the length for the space between each wood block then cut a slit so you can place it around the main plexiglass tube as you put each piece of wood on so you have support for the wood to give a stronger structure and this would prevent the glue from holding everything up by itself. Glue the bottom and top on the tube. Cut a grove in the bottom block of wood deep enough to put the power cord though and then fill it with glue to hold it in place. I’d use LED light strips to cut down on heat buildup inside the tube.

  14. Can anyone give me a brief run down of how to make this? I can’t read Spanish!
    I get the basic idea but don’t quite get where the plexi tube fits in…and the photos don’t show it..

    Many thanks…

    1. It may interest you:

      How to make a small wooden house with pallets

      1. Find the materials you’ll need for this craft.

      2. Cut slices of a trunk 2 cm.

      3. Find the center of each log and make a hole with a drill.

      4. Sand the surface of each stem.

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

      6. Varnish each timber and let them dry. Repeated 2 or 3 times.

      7. Cut the tube plexy 40 cm.

      8. Arrange all the pieces of wood on the plexy tube and install the LED light.

      These are the instructions translated to english

    1. Alexander – it’s because of the roundness of the log there is very little surface contact of the log with the table surface so when the saw blade touches it it quickly forces it down and since there is very little resistance to this because the log can easily roll around it tends to just grab it and send it flying. You can cut logs no probs on the bandsaw – just should use a cradle to hold it so it can’t roll and get thrown. Hope my mangled explanation helps you to understand why :-)

    2. Look up “band saw log cutting jig” to see what others are talking about. All they are is a piece of plywood with a V cradle running ninety (to the right) of the blade. Under and attached to the plywood is a 3/8″ thick by 3/4″ wide piece of wood, which follows the miter track on the bandsaw.

      The more dull your blade becomes, the more it tends to grab and spin the logs, so the sled becomes more and more a must for these cuts.

      When one of the logs spins, it’ll kill a blade quickly.

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