Published March 5th at 6:43pm - 74 ♥ - 2 min read

Fun with DIY #1 : How to make a ambient wooden lamp

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Welcome to the first episode of Fun With DIY, my new DIY serie. Hope you will enjoy !

My friend Sheldon Cooper present Fun with DIY for me <3

I like working with wood and I love working with light. In my attic, I found a piece of wood. I still had a LED strip left over from another project so I decided to make a small wooden lamp !

Tools & Materials

You don't need a lot of tools. I used :

  • My little miter saw
  • Soldering iron
  • Screwdriver
  • And that's all :)

For Materials, we need :

  • A piece of pine wood (I use 140x1500x18mm piece)
  • Wood Glue
  • 5V USB led strip - white
  • 2 screws
  • 18 AWG Wire

Step 1 : Cut the wood pieces and LED Strips

For tthis lamp, with wood, I cut :

  • 2 pieces of 140x400mm (left and right parts)
  • 1 piece of 120x400mm (central part with LEDs)
  • 1 piece of 140 (lamp foot)

Cut pieces of wood

For LED strips, I cut on piece of 10cm and 2 of 30 cm

My pieces of LED strip

Step 2 : Solder the LED strips

CAUTION : Don't make wrong connections with led strip, refer to the installation manual. Connect the +5V on the other +5V Do the same with GND (also named - ).

Soldered LED strip (with hot glue

I take 2 cm wires to do the connection It's better for fold them.

BONUS : if you want something more resistant, after soldering, add hot glue.

Step 3 : Glue led strip

My led strip already have glue pad but if you don't have them, you can just glue it directly onthe wood.

I choose to glue them on the sides of the wood to create an indirect lightning for ambient lightning.

Step 4 : Screw the central part on the foot

I've made two marks on the wood and i use 2 self-drilling screws to avoid wood twisting and to be more robust.

I use screw to hold them together

Step 5 : Glue the left & right parts

The last step of assembly is to glue 2 last pieces of wood on the central part. For this one i decide to shift 4 cm on the top to have something more "modern"

Lamp with 2 glued sides

Step 6 : Add USB plug (optionnal)

My led strip already have USB plug on the strip but if you don't have it, Cut an old USB cable, strip the red and black wires.

After that, solder the red wire on +5V and the black one on GND - .

Mission successfully completed

You've made it ! You have a new ambient lamp ! You can plug it into your computer or use it with AC adapter :) Look at the final result :

Final Result

Bonus : Add switch & felt furniture pads

For a more easier on/off switch, i found a USB power switch, I really advise you to add it !

Also, I add 4 felt furniture pads under the foot to avoid scratches from screw heads.

Final notes

Hope you, ladies & gentlemens, enjoyed this tutorial. Don't forget to upvote and don't hesitate to share the result if you made one. Also, if you have questions or feedbacks, as usual, the comments section is OPEN :)

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zakludick :

Noice! Well done @bambukah!

Nice non-direct light. I suppose depending on the interior decor, a person can choose to decorate as they see fit!


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lemouth :

Not too bad. Congrats!

As a side note, I may also start a project with wood later this year, when the weather will be a bit warmer: a garden house :)

bananzell :

Okay sorry for checking on this late but whoah-your lamp looks good 😮 I can imagine it would look more aesthetic if the wood was black