A convertible tripod floor lamp DIY

Designer, Antonio Bellusci shows us how to create a convertible DIY tripod floor lamp.


Do you have an empty vertical place in your home and don’t know what to do with it. Designer, Antonio Bellusci shows us how to create a convertible DIY tripod floor lamp, perfect for that empty space.

Materials & Tools

  • Wood stock – 1 x 2’s – 2 feet long – 6 pieces
  • Wood stock – 1 x 2’s – 3 feet long – 3 pieces
  • Wood stock – 5 inches x 5 inches x 1 inch thick – 1 pieces
  • Connector bolts – 9 sets
  • Allen keys
  • Lamp kit
  • Lamp shade
  • Jig saw
  • Drill and drill bits
  • Measuring tool / ruler
  • Pencil
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Sand paper
  • Optional – Stain and foam brush

Instructions

  1. Draw a centre line along each length of the 1×2’s.
  2. Mark one hole at top end of all 2 foot pieces – ¾ inches down from top – to be used for connecting to top bracket.
  3. Mark along centre line every 2 inches from bottom of all 2 foot pieces – 7 marks / hole positions.
  4. Mark one hole at bottom end of all 3 foot pieces – 2 inches up from bottom – no purpose – just decorative detailing.
  5. Mark along centre line every 2 inches from top of all 3 foot pieces – 10 marks / hole positions.
  6. Drill holes for all marks to fit size of connector bolt.
  7. Cut off top corners of all 2 foot pieces (leave bottom square).
  8. Cut off top corners of all 3 foot pieces (leave bottom square).
  9. Sand all rough edges.
  10. Sandwich two 2 foot pieces on either side of a 3 foot piece (flip the 3 foot piece to have single hole end farthest away from single hole in two feet pieces) and secure three pieces together with 2 sets of connector bolts – spacing bolts a few holes apart.
  11. Repeat above step with remaining 2 and 3 foot pieces – making three leg assemblies.
  12. Place all leg assemblies on ground with openings of 2 foot pieces together in the centre – making a Y shape / figure.
  13. Trace on cardboard a Y shape connector to fit into each gap of 2 foot pieces – with equal spacing between Y arms.
  14. Cut out cardboard Y shape and trace onto 5 inch x 5 inch x 1 inch wood piece.
  15. Using jig saw, cut out Y shape.
  16. Sand all rough edges.
  17. Drill holes thru each Y arm and one hole in centre to fit lamp kit pole.
  18. Position each leg assembly on each arm of Y bracket.
  19. Secure leg assemblies to Y bracket with connector bolts.
  20. Follow instructions from lamp kit and assemble lamp socket, wire and harp.
  21. Secure lamp shade.

Option – before assembling, stain wood pieces

Approximate Cost $50

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