mason jar light

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Project by smathes posted 03-26-2014 11:23 AM 5082 views 65 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know they’ve been done hundreds of times but here’s my take on the mason jar light. The beam is made of pine 1X6’s. I put the beam together with pocket screws and then went to town with the chisels, hammer, nails, scratch awl, and an old hand plane. The finish on it is red oak stain and walnut danish oil. The lamp cord i got from Thy have a variety of lamp cords that come wrapped in different colors of nylon. It kind of looks like the old knob and tube wiring. I finished it off with an old pulley I found at a local antique store.

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#1 posted 03-26-2014 12:15 PM

I like what you created here! Good project!!

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#3 posted 03-26-2014 12:58 PM

the pulley system is pretty sweet!

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#4 posted 03-26-2014 01:17 PM

Very cool idea , nice work !

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#5 posted 03-26-2014 01:36 PM

I love it. Unfortunately, I think I’d come home to find the cats perched atop it…

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#6 posted 03-26-2014 01:42 PM

Wow I really like it. The pulley and beam look speaks to me in a good way. Nice work.

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#7 posted 03-26-2014 01:58 PM

Now that is creative – love it!

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#8 posted 03-26-2014 02:27 PM

sweet and cleaver love it

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#9 posted 03-26-2014 02:49 PM

That’s beautiful! The only thing I would have done differently would be to make the end caps with end grain pine, little slices of wood glued and stacked so that it looked more like a solid beam. But I truly love it and I am going to talk the wife into letting me build one for our den (man cave)

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ Darn! I cut it 3 times and it's still too short! I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make!

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#10 posted 03-26-2014 02:53 PM

Really like it. Might steal the idea if I can figure out a place to put it.

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#11 posted 03-26-2014 02:53 PM

Super cool! Well done.

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#12 posted 03-26-2014 05:52 PM

Thats way cool. I have never seen mason jar lights very neat.

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#13 posted 03-26-2014 06:35 PM

Great looking mason jar fixture—love the pulley!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#14 posted 03-27-2014 02:15 AM

The pulley really sets this one apart from others. It is wonderful!

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#15 posted 03-27-2014 05:59 AM

Very cool looking build and great idea. I like the rustic look and this has it to me.

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