Wooden DIY Shop Lamp
I do all my woodworking in our barn and due to its large size light is a precious commodity. One of the areas I need plenty of light is at my lathe. I started out using a clip-on lamp but the pathetic thing didn’t give enough light and wouldn’t even hold its own weight so instead of spending money on an expensive but cheap store bought lamp, I decided to build my own shop lamp. It is mostly made from scraps I had hanging around.
It’s not fancy, but I am not planning on selling it or entering it into a contest. I just want plenty of light and I want to be able to adjust the light to the specific area I need it.
NOTE: I am making the assumption that you have basic carpentry skills and a basic working knowledge of electricity and how it works
This DIY Shop Lamp was simple to create and was just what I needed.
All you need to build one is:
- 1″ x 1″ x 4′ of chosen lumber
- 1/4″ thick wood for shade
- scrap wood piece for base
- socket thingy for lightbulb
- pluggin thingy for electricity
- 12/2 or 14/2 Wire
- 4 large wingnuts
- 4 bolts 3/8″
- pin nails
- 3/8″ Bolt
- On and off switch (optional. I just plug it in)
(These measurements can be easily adjusted to your needs)
- Shop Lamp Head Pieces- Square 3″ top piece and 4 sides measuring 3″ x 7″ x 5″ x 7
- Lamp Arm Pieces-
- 2- 3/4″ x 1 1/4″ x 4 3/4″
- 2- 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ x 8″
- Mounting Base-
- 2 – 2″ x 1 1/4 x 1 1/4
- 1- 3″ x 3 1/2 x 1 1/4″
- Cut the four trapezoids for lamp shade and assemble.
- Cut a lamp socket base with same angles as the lamp shade.
- Drill hole in the center of the lamp base and insert socket.
- The tabs on the lamp shade are 1/2″ x 1 1/4″x 4 3/4″. I ran a screw from the inside of the lamp shade into each of the two tabs. The articulating arms are 8″ long, you can adjust the length as needed.
- Drill holes and attach wire as necessary.
- Install the bolts and wing nuts.
- Turn on the light. Wonder why it will not work.
- Cuss a few times then put in a light bulb. Now it works.
- Take the rest of the day off, that was overwhelming.
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial….
–The Screwy Carpenter
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