Here is another scrap wood lamp! I have a thing for lamps and this one was so easy. It did require power tools so I am hoping that those of you who are a little nervous to use them will see this and want to try. Power tools are so much fun! In total this took about 15 minutes to put together. I have experience so I would expect it to take a little longer if you are new to using these tools. But either way this can easily be done in a day.
I started with some old wood. The long pieces are actually old fence slats.
I measure the four long pieces and cut them all the same size with my miter saw. Then I cut the larger pieces that would become the base.
I used wood glue and my brad nail gun to construct a box out of the four long pieces. Then I nailed the smaller base piece onto the box. After it was nailed on I then nailed the larger base piece on. If I had not done it in that order, the nail would not have been long enough to go through both base pieces.
***If you don’t have access to a brad nailer, you can use small nails and a hammer. I actually think that would add to the charm and give it that extra detail :)
Then I drilled a hole in the back for the cord to go through. I bought a $10 lamp kit from Home Depot and I fed the cord through the hole, and then reached my hand in the box and pulled it out the top.
Here it is with the lamp kit put together. The lamp kit is CAKE to assemble. Once I made my scrap wood lamp and realized just how easy it was I knew there would be many more lamps in my future :)
I didn’t attach the top piece until it was put together. It got glued and nailed as well.
To make the top I used a leftover piece from the long boards. I used a wood boring bit to drill a hole for the lamp parts to fit in.
Here it is with the top on.
The metal shade was out in my garage. It was left over from an old lamp that has long since bit the dust. I am glad now that I saved the shade since the rusty look goes so well with the old wood.