The time has come to recover and divert materials to make decorative objects. It is thus possible to take a portion of the pallet to manufacture at low cost an original and effective decorative lamp. All that is needed is a little imagination and some basic tools that every handyman, even a novice, usually has in his workshop.
- DIY gloves
- Needle-nose pliers
- Universal pliers or pliers
- Flat screwdriver
- Electrician's screwdriver
- Power Drill and Wood Drill
- Portable circular saw
Prepare and debit the pallet
1. Block the pallet on the workbench with clamps. Hammer the nails protruding. Remove the metal staples from the universal clamp or with a pincer.
2. Use a cleat as a guide to cut one of the legs of the pallet with a circular saw. You can also do this work with a jigsaw, or even with a handsaw.
3. Remove the foot from the pallet. Wear do-it-yourself gloves so you do not get hurt with splinters.
4. After putting the workpiece upright, drill a hole in the center of the pallet spacer.
5. Engage a threaded rod by hand into the hole you just drilled. Use a rod of diameter corresponding to the internal thread of the socket. Finish screwing the rod to the universal clamp, being careful not to crush the thread. You can also hammer it by interposing a wooden martyr wedge between the head of the rod and the hammer to avoid damaging the beginning of the thread.
Connecting the lampholder
1. Use a side outlet bushing that will prevent you from threading the flat wire into the threaded rod.
2. Screw the base of the socket onto the threaded rod. Make sure to engage the thread without forcing it so as not to damage the socket base.
3. Feed the flat feed wire through the socket base with a needle nose pliers. Pull the power cable for connection to the socket. Use an original wire with a plug and a soft wire switch.
4. After separating and stripping off the end, engage the conductors in their respective terminals. Lock the wires to the electrician's screwdriver.
5. Reposition the body of the socket on the base, then screw the sheath of the latter on its base.
6. Choose a decorative bulb (here a fluocompact amber flame lamp). Screw the bulb on the socket. Plug the lamp plug into an outlet.
7. Test lamp operation by operating the soft wire switch.
Do not use incandescent bulbs with a high heat output!
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