Modern Wood Floor Lamp from a 1x2

Submitted by Ana White on Sat, 08/30/2014 - 15:48
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DIY Modern Wood Floor Lamp from a 1x2 - super easy DIY Project! From

Hi everyone!  

Behold the power of the 1x2!

All 25 Watts, Edison style.

Toliy's been wanting to make a floor lamp, so I challenged him to come up with a design using a single 1x2 board for the majority of the project.

He also used a scrap piece of 2x8 board (about 1 foot long), some L brackets and bolts with washers and nuts.

We also ended up ordering a new corded light bulb from Etsy 

Because I may or may not have gotten greedy and claimed this project for my own living room ... 

The 1x2 is cut into two pieces, at about the 1/3 point (ends up being about a 32" piece and a 64" piece but exact length is not required).

The two pieces are clamped together and a hole sized for the bolts is drilled through both 1x2 pieces, a few inches from the ends of the 1x2s.

By drilling both at the same time, the overhang on the end of the light is the same.

Then the two 1x2s will get bolted together with a bolt, through the whole that was just drilled, but first,

All the wood pieces are stained -

We used RustOleum Early American, one coat applied with a foam brush.

Now back to that bolt.  

On the opposite end of the longer 1x2, the L brackets are used to attach the longer 1x2 to the 2x8 scrap piece.  The bigger your base piece (we used the 2x8) the more solid the lamp will be.  We liked the smaller base, and decided to stack books (see photos below) to add weight which increases stability.

L brackets to base,

Bolt holding the two 1x2s together in the middle,

Remaining L bracket at tip of shorter 1x2 (the L brackets came in a packet of 4, so we decided to use on up on the end to hold the light cord in place, but a simple hole drilled through the 1x2 would have done the trick as well),

Light bulb on the end of the cord ...

The wood stand part can be easily adjusted at both the base and the middle bolt,

So the lamp can shine from the floor to the ceiling and anywhere in between.

Whether you wrap the cord, go brass, or bright pink, stack the books, or add a wire cage, we hope you love this little DIY Modern Wood Lamp project as much as we do!

Enjoy, and share how you modify this simple plan if you build please!

XO Ana + Family

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. 

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.



Sun, 08/31/2014 - 08:44

I few years back I built a 2x2 lamp and I love it. As I didn't know about beautiful cords/lightbulbs available on Etsy I went for an ugly, yet energy efficient LED bulb, then hid it with a shade. The exposed bulb sure has beauty but if you want to direct light and hide an ugly bulb, the shade is helpful. I went for one of the cords at Ikea that has the shade mount built into the bulb fixture. I hid the ugly cord by routing a slot along both 2x2s. I may add washers to mine, or a lock washer to the movable joint as mine tends to slip down every few weeks under its own weight. One can also send a bolt through the bottom of the of the base into the end of the 2x2 for a hidden fastener look, but it takes patience/luck.


Wed, 09/03/2014 - 15:31

Ikea also has cord kits for much less, although, you don't get those fun colors - black or white. Can't beat the price though - $5. Plug in style, no switch on the cord or the socket.

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