Wood Block Floor Lamp

Wood Block Floor Lamp

Add a geometric touch to a standard floor lamp with Carpenter Amy Devers’ step-by-step instructions.

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Wood blocks in random sizes — examples below:
4” by 4” lumber
2” by 4” lumber
1” by 5” lumber
1” by 10” lumber
Scrap piece of 1-inch plywood — at least 2’ by 3’
(2) Bar clamps
Drill with 1-inch spade drill bit
High-gloss paint and primer in one — color of your choice
Small decorator paintbrush
Paint tray
Standing metal pole lamp
Wire cutters
Small box 2-inch finishing nails
2-pronged male plug
Craft knife
Phillips head screwdriver


Preparing the Wood:

  1. With a handsaw, randomly cut wood into different sized blocks so when they are stacked, there is enough to fill the lamp pole. You should need around 15 to 25 pieces. Some examples of how the wood can be cut are below:

4” by 4” — Cut 4 to 6 inches
2” by 4” — Cut 4 to 12 inches
1” by 5” — Cut 4 to 5 inches
1” by 10” — Cut 8 to 10 inches

Tip: Cut the 1”x10” lumber to be the bottom of the wood block stack so it will cover the existing lamp base.

  1. Place the scrap piece of plywood on your work surface and your first block on top. Use two bar clamps to anchor the wood block in place, and then drill a hole through the center using a 1-inch spade drill bit. Repeat for each wood block that will slide onto your lamp

Tip: If the wood block is too narrow to be secured with a clamp, place a piece of scrap wood on either side of it and hold it in place with bar clamps.

  1. Paint each woodblock the color of your choice and allow paint to dry. Apply a second coat of paint. Allow to dry

Preparing the Lamp:

  1. Use wire cutters to cut the plug off of the lamp and discard — the blocks of wood won’t fit on the lamp stand until the socket is removed from the top. Unscrew the lamp socket from the top of the lamp stand, pulling the cord out of the pole. Put the socket and cord to one side for reattaching in later steps
  2. Starting with the 1”x10” piece of lumber, slide the blocks onto the lamp pole in an order of your liking until the last block is flush with the top. The blocks can be twisted around and rearranged until they are positioned to your liking

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Tip: Start with the larger blocks first and work your way up to smaller blocks nearer the top to avoid being top-heavy.

  1. Hammer finishing nails through the smaller blocks of wood that are less than 1-inch thick to anchor them into adjacent, thicker blocks. Not all blocks need to be anchored; this is just to keep things in line
  2. Using the same paint that was used to paint the blocks, paint the lamp base to match the blocks and allow paint to dry

Reattaching the Lamp Socket and Plug:

  1. Feed the wire from the socket back through the lamp pole until it comes out of the base. Screw the socket back onto the lamp stand
  2. To add a new plug, locate the end of the wire where the original plug was removed. Use a craft knife to make a 2-inch split in the end of the plastic coating that divides the two wires. Use wire cutters to strip the coating 1/2-inch off of each wire

Tip: To minimize the risk of cutting yourself when splitting the wire, rest the wire on a firm work surface and cut away from the hand that’s holding the wire in place.

  1. Wrap the wire around the terminals inside the new plug and lock them in place using a screwdriver

  1. Snap the plug shut and tighten the Phillips head screw to hold it together

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