Pallet LED Lamp

8 Materials
2 Days
You can, too, build this beautiful lamp from free pallet wood.
Check out the video for a how-to guide.
And if you like to read instead please continue here:
Dissemble the pallet using hammer, crow bar, or anything on hand to do that job.
Cut off the ends with a saw (or jigsaw) - too much trouble to save one inch of wood.
Take out the nails, inspect the boards well for any hidden metal pins in them.
Dirt will damage your saw so scrape it off the boards.
Sand your boards with a coarse grit sandpaper (40-80).
Set the table saw to 1/4'' width cuts and cut as many strips as you have from the pallet.
Square the strips off at the miter saw.
At the same time cut random lengths for the pieces that will form the sides.
Skip the nail holes and knots in the wood as you want this lamp not to look rustic.
You will inevitably make some scraps - but these are great as fire starters.
Glue all the strips together in random order until reaching height of 5'' (you can go more or less- depends on your design). Make sure not to have gaps between the strips, if you do I still have a solution for it later.
Work fast, really fast!!
Clamp them and leave them for at least 2 hours before taking off the clamps.
Use the table saw to ''plane'' one side (only if the boards were different thickness, otherwise skip this step)
If you had any holes in the glue-up fill them up using scraps and some CA glue.
Snip off the excess and file/sand it flush with the surface. (video)
Cut the sides to 45 degrees so the inside rectangle measures 1'' shorter than your T8 LED tube.
You can make the 90 degree cuts and have butt joints instead of mitered ones, I just like the mitered ''continuous joints''.
Use epoxy to glue the miters
Use 5 minute epoxy.
Mix the small amount and put it on the mitered corners.
Use band clamp to clamp those miters (you can also use blue tape for this process)
Make groove with a router to receive the top acrylic sheet (see the video)
Make the acrylic retaining frame
The frame on the bottom will retain the acrylic sheet in place so it needs to overhang on the inside of the sides.
Use yellow glue and CA glue for quick and durable bond. Press in place for 20 seconds.
If the sides are sticking on the outside when the glue has dried flush trim them with the router (or hand plane).
Drill and install the eye screws on the top side.
Sand and finish.
I used beeswax-oil finish I made in the video here:
Sand the acrylic on one side only (220 grit)
Measure the inside of the lamp to cut the clear acrylic sheet to size.
The other sheet (the top one) will be cut to fit into the groove you cut before (check the video).
Use jigsaw with metal blade to cut the acrylic (you can also use cutter to do this job or a table saw - be careful)
Sand only one side of the acrylic that goes inside the lamp. That side will go up - towards the light. It will have the diffused look and spread the light even. This way you can't see the led tube inside.
Enjoy it!
Put in the sanded acrylic panel (sanded face up).
Tie the wire and put in the top panel (this prevents the dust/insects entering into the lamp)
Hang the lamp from the ceiling to the height desired.
Follow the diagram on the T8 LED tube for the correct wiring (not all of them are connected the same!).
Now ENJOY and SHOW OFF your awesome Pallet Lamp to your friends and family!
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Suggested materials:

  • One free pallet clear acrylic sheet approx. 12'' x 50''   (on the street (at the supermarkets))
  • One T8 Led tube   (supermarket (grocery store))
  • Some wire (or cord) to hang   (supermarket (grocery store))
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  • Sheila D Sheila D on Dec 24, 2016
    Not sure I am seeing the picture the top enclosed? If so is there enough circulation thru the fixture to not overheat?


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