How to build a lamp - a rustic lamp - made from old fence boards. You can use this lamp example to build a lamp using any type of wood. Since this lamp is made from scrap material, the base section of the lamp is free.
The tools you will need for this project are:
To create these pieces, set your table saw at a 45° bevel and set the
fence at 3 1/4". Feed one of the 1x4s (best side down) into the table
saw to bevel one edge. Flip the board around (same side down) to bevel
the other side. Repeat this process on another 1x4 fence board.
Build a lamp base... The bottom part of the base of the lamp will be trimmed with two
courses of 1x material. The first, or inside course, will be made from
the full width of a fence board (1x4). Bevel-cut each piece of 1x4 trim
45°, measuring the length of each piece of trim from the
Tip: Before mass cutting each of these pieces of trim, verify that the shaft of the base is the same measurement on all four sides. It is okay if it isn't; but if it isn't, you should custom cut each piece of wood so that it matches the length of the side it will be applied.
Attach the 1x4s to the base of the lamp, flush at the bottom, with a brad stapler using 1.25 inch brads.
To complete the bottom part of the lamp base, measure the width of
one of the unused 1x4s to get the exact width; it will probably be
around 3.5 inches. Set the fence on your table saw to half of the width
of the 1x4 (probably 1.75 inches). The idea is to rip the piece of wood
in two, so that both pieces of the rip match in width.
Use the new 1x1.75 inch material to trim out the lower part of the
lamp, using the same method as the previous step (flush at the bottom).
Be sure to position the ripped side of the 1x1.75 material facing
towards the bottom of the lamp.
It doesn't have to be done this way, but it will look better. :) There's always more than one way to make a lamp!
Next, make a square out of four 6 inch pieces of 1x4, cut at a 45° angle. Assemble the pieces with glue and brads. Once assembled, drill a hole at the center for the lamp socket to fit into. There are several different types of lamp hardware kits, so it depends on which one you are using as to what size hole to drill.
At this point, follow the lamp kit instructions to complete the assembly of your new lamp. Add a lamp shade to finish the project.
Now you know how to build a lamp. You can use this lamp building process to make a lamp out of any other type of wood if you prefer. You might have thought of some new ways to make a lamp while building this one. I did...