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D.I.Y. wooden block lamp

Having an Impact
Having an Impact

This chunky wooden lamp is ideal for showing off decorative light bulbs.





The project 


There are so many awesome decorative light bulbs available now, but lampshades spoil the effects. I made this block lamp to show them off.


I started by gluing scraps of wood together to make a chunky block. Once the glue was dry I cut the wood to the size I wanted using a table saw.


When I was happy with the size I used the saw to cut some grooves into the block for a more decorative look. 


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I wanted just the light bulb to stick out of the block, with all fittings being hidden inside the block. If I had the correct size spade bit it would have been easy just to drill out the centre hole for the fittings, but I only had the correct size in a hole saw.


I cut down as far as I needed with the hole saw first. Then I used the biggest spade bit I had to remove as much of the middle as I could, and then used a hammer and chisel to remove the rest.






I drilled a hole big enough for the electrical cord to fit in and chiselled out a groove for the cord so it would sit flush on a table.  I used a round file to clean up the groove.




I routered the hole and corners for a softer look and sanded the block smooth. 




 I stained the wood using a cedar stain and added two coats of clear gloss varnish.




It looks great with all the new decorative light bulbs.  




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