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DIY Desk Lamp

This beautiful and easy diy desk lamp is a sure hit. Learn how to make a desk lamp using plywood!

Are you tired of your usual desk lamp? You can definitely create an easy DIY spiral lamp using stacked plywood. It is perfect for beginners, so anyone can try it.

Creating home decor does not need to be expensive and you don’t have to buy supplies all the time. All it takes is a little creativity, available items in your home and your drive to create DIY home decor. One of my favorite home decor projects is this DIY desk lamp. They’re useful, easy to build, and simple, yet modern addition to my office space.

Are you ready to learn how to make a desk lamp using plywood?

This beautiful and easy diy desk lamp is a sure hit. Learn how to make a desk lamp using plywood! #desklamp #plywoodlamp #diydesklamp

Supplies for a modern desk lamp:

  • 25 – 3″ square 1/4” birch plywood
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • 1” Forstner bit
  • 1/2” Forstner bit
  • Hanging light bulb socket
  • Chisel
  • Mallet
  • Painter’s tape

Instructions

1. Cut

Cut plywood into 3” squares — need 24 total. After you cut down your plywood into a 3″ strip using a table saw, clamp a block on your miter saw 3″ away from the blade then you can easily cut each square without having to measure each time.

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2. Sand

Sand all the edges of your squares prior to gluing if you plan to do any alignment other than straight.

There are three different ways you can align your lamp base depending on personal preference: straight, spiral, or staggered. I posted these three photos on Instagram and let readers vote and spiral won.

3. Glue

Divide your plywood squares into three equal stacks and glue each square together in the alignment you want.

4. Clamp

Clamp each section together until the glue is dry.

5. Drill

Using a Forstner bit, drill a 1” hole in the middle of the top section to hold the light socket.

Drill a 1/2” hole in the middle of the other two sections to hold the light cord.

6. Chisel

Chisel out a section on the bottom stack to hold the light cord so the lamp can sit flat on your desktop.

7. Tape & Paint

Tape off the bottom 4 squares and paint them if you wish.

8. Cord

Once paint is dry, feed the cord through the stacked sections.

9. Glue

Glue the three stacks together to form one spiral and clamp it all together.

Image of DIY desk lamp full

So, what do you think? I love how simple this lamp is and glows so perfectly.

Get all the supplies to make your own diy desk lamp.

Which alignment would you do?

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