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Forum topic by glen posted 01-02-2013 10:56 PM 1085 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-02-2013 10:56 PM

Hi all – My sweetheart and I are designing a new ceiling lamp/chandelier for above our kitchen table and we came up with an idea that is a little industrial, minimalist, rustic, and we think, awesome, involving a piece of wood with hanging cables from it, holding our light holders. The wood base will be about 3ft x 1ft, will be floating off the ceiling just a bit, and we were trying to figure out how to mount it to the ceiling.

The ceiling is a tongue-and-groove cedar ceiling, and the planks are about 1 1/2” thick. The light box where this will go is one of those shallow surface mount ones, so a standard bracket for a chandelier won’t work. What we thought would work would be to put 4 hangar bolts (you know, the ones with a machine thread on one end and a coarse thread on the other), in the ceiling, placed so they would come through the base at the 4 corners. Now, the problem with attaching the board. I was hoping to find some kind of dark bronze or black acorn nut, or other similar simple looking dark bronze or black cap to screw on and cover this. We thought this would allow us to take the light down in case we needed to service it or change it.

Does anyone know of any online sources of nice nuts like this? I looked at lee valley and rockler and they don’t really have anything, nor do any of our local shops.

Thanks in advance


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#1 posted 01-02-2013 11:13 PM

You probably wont find anything with as thick a thread as you need. Cabinet and drawer fixtures come to mind, but they are 1/4”. You could always do some sort of mock up, no one will get very close to it. Glue something on the end of the treads.

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#2 posted 01-02-2013 11:55 PM try these guys.

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#3 posted 01-02-2013 11:55 PM

There are hangers with 20 thread count threads on the machine side, so I think there might be something out there. I guess the other option, that your post prompted me to think of, is to make some small blocks with tee nuts in them… Anyone else?

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