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How to Turn an Old Log into a Gorgeous Floating Wood Lamp

When it comes to using ordinary materials in extraordinary ways, we all know how the saying goes – “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” To many, an old log may seem like trash but to one handy DIY-er who transformed it into an impressive floating wood lamp, the piece of scrap wood was definitely a treasure.

Incorporating wood in its natural element into a home is a great way to add a rustic touch to any room. This LED lamp accomplishes just that. The project requires the following materials/tools:

  • One piece of wood
  • Plexy tubing
  • Wood glue
  • Cellulose-based varnish
  • Brush for the varnish
  • LED light and setting adaptor
  • Workplace tools
  • Blade of a band saw
  • Hammer
  • Nail
  • Driller
  • Sanding machine

The first necessary step was slicing the log into rounds (this particular size lamp used ten) with a bandsaw.

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These rounds ultimately needed to be stacked around a central LED light. In order for the rounds to be stackable, the builder drilled identical holes into each of the wooden rounds.

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The next step was sanding each of the rounds until they were smooth.

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Then, the handyman glued small wooden pieces to each of the rounds, so that light could shine through the pieces when stacked. This is what would allow the log pieces to appear as if they are “floating” in mid-air.

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Next, 2-3 coats of varnish was applied with a brush to the wood slices. Varnish is a way to enhance and preserve the natural coloring of wood.

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Last, the plexy tubing was sized and the LED light inserted. The slices were then positioned on the plexy tube. The final result? A beautifully woodsy lamp made of “levating” log slices.

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The coolest part about the finished product is the fact that the lamp retains the natural shape of a log. Kudos to the builder for being able to see such wonderful project potential in a piece of scrap wood.

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How to Turn an Old Log into a Gorgeous Floating Wood Lamp