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Wood Pendant Lamp



This DIY wood pendant lamp is made from a scrap piece of ¾” thick pine. This is a simple project but requires some precise cuts from a compound miter saw. A series of 30 degree Bevel cuts produces the 6 sides of the hexagon. Adjusting the miter fence to make a slight miter cut at the same time gives the hexagonal form a tapered cone shape.

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

      Cut grooves in the pine board. I used my circular saw to cut two 1/8” deep grooves on each side of the pine board. I screwed the board down to the worktable to keep it in place and used the adjustable edge guide to keep my cuts straight. After cutting the first side I flipped the board over and cut grooves on the other side. Since I kept the edge guide in the same location all of the cuts aligned perfectly.

    2. Step: 2

      Cut the sides. The lamp is a hexagonal cone made from 6 sides. I set the miter saw to make a 30 degree bevel cut and adjusted the miter fence to about a 4 degree angle. The 30 degree bevel cut needs to be pretty accurate in order for the lamp to work. The miter fence can be at a variety of different angles depending on how sharply you want the cone to taper.

    3. Step: 3

      Glue the sides together. It is hard to glue all 6 sides together at once so I glued them together in pairs first. I used wire to hold them tightly together while the glue dried.

    4. Step: 4

      Glue the whole thing together. Once the pairs had dried I glued all 3 together. I used wire but blue painters tape works well too.

    5. Step: 5

      Sand the lamp. I sanded the flat sides of the lamp with an orbital sander and 220 grit paper. I sanded the ends by hand.

    6. Step: 6

      Assemble the lamp. I threaded the cord through the wood lamp. I then drilled 4 holes in the groove and used wire to make a net that keeps the socket in the center of the lampshade. Push the exterior parts of the wires deep into the groove.

    7. Step: 7

      Tie on the colored string. I used the colored string to cover the wires and give the lamp a nice colored detail. I drilled a 1/8” diameter hole through the grove and ran the colored string around the groove and through the hole. I tied it in a tight knot from the inside.

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Wood Pendant Lamp

by Homemade Modern
Aug 11, 2014

This DIY wood pendant lamp is made from a scrap piece of ¾” thick pine. This is a simple project but requires some precise cuts from a compound miter saw. A series of 30 degree Bevel cuts produces the 6 sides of the hexagon. Adjusting the miter fence to make a slight miter cut at the same time gives the hexagonal form a tapered cone shape.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1

    Cut grooves in the pine board. I used my circular saw to cut two 1/8” deep grooves on each side of the pine board. I screwed the board down to the worktable to keep it in place and used the adjustable edge guide to keep my cuts straight. After cutting the first side I flipped the board over and cut grooves on the other side. Since I kept the edge guide in the same location all of the cuts aligned perfectly.

  2. Step: 2

    Cut the sides. The lamp is a hexagonal cone made from 6 sides. I set the miter saw to make a 30 degree bevel cut and adjusted the miter fence to about a 4 degree angle. The 30 degree bevel cut needs to be pretty accurate in order for the lamp to work. The miter fence can be at a variety of different angles depending on how sharply you want the cone to taper.

  3. Step: 3

    Glue the sides together. It is hard to glue all 6 sides together at once so I glued them together in pairs first. I used wire to hold them tightly together while the glue dried.

  4. Step: 4

    Glue the whole thing together. Once the pairs had dried I glued all 3 together. I used wire but blue painters tape works well too.

  5. Step: 5

    Sand the lamp. I sanded the flat sides of the lamp with an orbital sander and 220 grit paper. I sanded the ends by hand.

  6. Step: 6

    Assemble the lamp. I threaded the cord through the wood lamp. I then drilled 4 holes in the groove and used wire to make a net that keeps the socket in the center of the lampshade. Push the exterior parts of the wires deep into the groove.

  7. Step: 7

    Tie on the colored string. I used the colored string to cover the wires and give the lamp a nice colored detail. I drilled a 1/8” diameter hole through the grove and ran the colored string around the groove and through the hole. I tied it in a tight knot from the inside.