DIY Floor Lamp

DIY Floor Lamp

This project uses metal pipes and wood to build a freestanding floor lamp.


5 col

Difficulty: Intermediate

Materials
Woodblock 16” x 9” x 4”
(2) 1” x 3’ Galvanized plumbing pipe
(2) 1” x 5” Galvanized plumbing pipe
(2) 1” Anchor shackle clamp
1” Tee bracket
1” Elbow bracket 90°
1” Pipe coupling
1” Pipe flange
1” End cap
20’ Antique style cloth covered electrical cord
Base light socket
Nostalgia era bulb - 60 Watts
Vintage outdoors light cover
Vintage pulley
2-pronged plug
(4) 2” Wood screws
Drill with 1” spade bit, 1/8” drill bit and Phillips head drill bit
Phillips head screwdriver
(2) Bar clamp
Safety glasses
Pencil
Ruler
Pliers
Wire stripper

Instructions

PREPARING THE WOODBLOCK BASE:

*Steps 1 to 5 will create a hole in the wood for the lamp cord to pass through

1. On one end of woodblock, use a ruler and pencil to draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner. Repeat in the other direction to make a large X and find the center point of the wood (See image below)

2. Place the woodblock on its end with the marked side of the wood facing upwards. Secure to the work bench with two bar clamps

3. Use a drill with a 1” spade bit to drill through the center point from Step 1 all the way to the base of the drill. This will be an approximately 4” deep hole. Shake out the wood dust as you go along to make the drilling easier (See image below)

4. Lay the woodblock on its large, flat side and secure to the table with two bar clamps. With a ruler, mark 4½” in from the side edge and 3” in from the short edge where you drilled a hole in Step 3 (See image below)

5. Use a drill with a 1” spade bit to drill through the mark from Step 4 until it reaches the first drilled hole from Step 3. You’ll know you’ve reached it when the drill stops having resistance (See image below)

ATTACHING THE PIPES TO THE WOODBLOCK”

6. Now that you have two connecting holes in the wood, pass the electrical cord through one hole and out the other. Place the flange through the wire and center it over the hole on the flat side of the woodblock (See image below)

7. Using a 1/8” drill bit, drill four pilot holes into the woodblock through the screw holes in the flange

8. Secure the flange to the woodblock using 2” woodscrews and a drill with a Phillips head drill bit

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9. Now the flange is attached to the woodblock, the pipes can be attached to the flange. Every time a new piece of pipe is attached, remember to pass the electrical cord through it. The pipe pieces screw together and should be tightened by hand. Attach the pipes in the following order: Flange to 1” x 3’ pipe to pipe coupling to 1” x 3’ pipe to elbow bracket to 1” x 5” pipe to tee bracket. Pass the electrical cord through the middle opening of the tee bracket (See diagram below)

ATTACHING THE PULLEY AND LIGHT COVER:

10. Attach two 1” Anchor shackle clamps to the top of the pulley and slide them over the end of the 5” pipe. Attach the End Cap over the end of the 5” pipe once the pulley is in place (See image below)

11. Pass the electrical cord through the pulley allowing for 12” - 18” of excess to hang down. This is where the light cover and light socket will be attached

12. Pass the light cover over the cord so it’s facing downwards

ATTACHING THE LIGHT SOCKET:

13. Take the ends of the cord and separate out 2” of the entwined wires. Using a wire stripper, remove ¾” of the plastic wire covering to expose the bare wires. Carefully bend the exposed wires to make little hooks. This will make it easier to attach the wires to the light socket in the next step

14. Slide the light socket shell onto the wire. The exposed wires now need to be attached to the light socket. Loosen the screws on each side of the light socket with a Phillips head screwdriver and pass the wires through the spaces. The GOLD side of the light socket is POSITIVE and should connect with the BLACK wire that is also POSITIVE. The SILVER side is NEGATIVE and should be connected to the WHITE wire that is also NEGATIVE. Tighten the screws to secure the wires in place (See image below)

15. Once the wires are securely attached to the light socket, slide the light socket shell over the socket and secure in place with the light socket cap

16. The light cover will now hang over the light socket. Screw a nostalgia era bulb into the socket

ATTACHING THE PLUG:

17. Repeat Step 13 for preparing the wire to add a plug on the woodblock base end

18. Slide the plug shell onto the wire. The exposed wires now need to be attached to the plug. Loosen the screws on each side of the plug with a Phillips head screwdriver. The GOLD side of the plug is POSITIVE and should connect with the BLACK wire that is also POSITIVE. The SILVER side is NEGATIVE and should be connected to the WHITE wire that is also NEGATIVE. If both sides are the same color, the wires are interchangeable and can be attached to either side (See image below

19. Slide the plug shell over the plug and secure in place with the plug’s hardware. This is usually a single Phillips head screw

*** Consult an electrician with any questions

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