Reclaimed Wood Chandelier

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Project by OttoSchmitz posted 08-23-2012 03:47 PM 2503 views 11 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I had this 20 foot high ceiling and the people that built my house used a small fan light that not only was a pain in the buttocks to replace bulbs but didn’t fit the size of the room.

I decided to buy a few old wooden pulleys and build a somewhat simple wooden chandelier. Was originally going to have a hand crank that could lower the chandelier enough for me to avoid using a ladder to swap out a used up bulb but I couldn’t install the retractable electrical cord to my satisfaction.

Wood was reclaimed threshing boards/gangway planks that I rough sanded and applied Briwax, Miniwax grey stain to fill the deep pockets and then tung oil.

The Edison bulbs are really great – their filaments cast a very soft light and despite the high cost are very durable.

Remaining pieces are antique drawer pulls to run the rope between platforms, cloth covered electrical wire and manilla 3/4” rope.

The shadows that this chandelier casts are very fun.

More info on my blog.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 08-23-2012 10:34 PM

Very cool. It throws a nice shadow on the ceiling too.

-- Matt in Dripping Springs

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#2 posted 08-24-2012 02:30 AM

Great idea. wish i had a space to put something like that

-- Boogie, Hou Tex - Life is to short for Bad Wine

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#3 posted 08-24-2012 03:23 AM

I really like how that looks, and finally have a name for that type of bulb. Thanks!

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