100% Pallet Wood Desk Lamp

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Project by RadioActiveRich posted 01-22-2015 07:40 AM 4724 views 20 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Believe it or not, I dreamed about this lamp before I made it. So, I went to the stock of wood my son and I have from some pallets we salvaged and poof! There it is.

The power cord came from an old vacuum cleaner, the light element came from a lamp we discarded a while ago. The switch was one I bought for something else, but never used.

I think the wood is Birch based on the grain pattern and the density, but I’m not totally sure.

Used MinWax Natural finish and a brush on lacquer (two coats sanded in between).

I think I’ll be making more small lamps in the near future since I had to dig out the parts I had tucked away. :)

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#1 posted 01-22-2015 09:21 AM

Very cool Rich. I have looked at this style for a bench lamp but the nice ones seem expensive. I think you have a way better solution. Did you enclose or leave the back of the shade open? Nice work!
Keep up the watching Pixar films before you sleep, they seem to inspire you;)

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#2 posted 01-22-2015 02:34 PM

very cool, great job!

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#3 posted 01-22-2015 04:16 PM

Very nice lamp. Some wooden Knobs instead of those wing nuts would really dress it up, you know put some lipstick on it. I make them all the time. Just hole saw some pallet wood. Drive a nut into the 1/4” hole, a little sand paper and voila, lipstick.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#4 posted 01-22-2015 05:46 PM


-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#5 posted 01-22-2015 06:12 PM

@Woodcox – I left the back closed. I use LED lights almost exclusively so closing it was no big deal, but if you’re going to use incandescent bulbs, you do want to think about heat.

@jumbojack – I did the wooden knobs. In fact I spent more time on making them then on the rest of the lamp. When they were done, I didn’t like ‘em. So, I went back to my original idea. I actually like the hardware showing. I should probably post some pics with the wooden knobs though so people can choose for themselves.

Thanks for the positive comments! ;)

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#6 posted 01-22-2015 06:17 PM

Love this, think I may try this myself.

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#7 posted 01-22-2015 06:48 PM

Nothing I like more than wooden DIY lamps. This one looks very beuatiful. Reminds me on malet.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 01-22-2015 07:21 PM

Nice! I’ve been wanting a mobile worklight for my shop, and this is going on my to-build list!

-- -Tim

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#9 posted 01-23-2015 12:13 AM

This light.

-- God Bless,

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#10 posted 01-23-2015 12:21 AM

Pretty nifty idea,,,,, One of the few times you can go to the light….

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#11 posted 01-23-2015 04:07 AM

I love it! Another project for the to-do list!

-- --Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons. . . . For you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup!--

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#12 posted 01-24-2015 07:48 AM

Oh cool! I did not dislike the wing nuts, just thought wood knobs would be sweet. If you are happy, I am ecstatic. Nice lamp. Thanks for posting.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#13 posted 01-24-2015 07:51 AM

I like it, great job.

-- Rick M,

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