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Make a decorative lamp with a palette

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.

Necessary material

  • DIY gloves
  • Clamps
  • Hammer
  • 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

Push in the nails, tear off the staples

Push in the nails, tear off the staples

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.

Debit one of the feet of the pallet

Debit one of the feet of the pallet

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.

Clear the foot of the pallet

Clear the foot of the pallet

3. Remove the foot from the pallet. Wear do-it-yourself gloves so you do not get hurt with splinters.

Drill a hole in the door

Drill a hole in the door

4. After putting the workpiece upright, drill a hole in the center of the pallet spacer.

Push the threaded rod into the spacer

Push the threaded rod into the 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

Use a side outlet bushing

Use a side outlet bushing

1. Use a side outlet bushing that will prevent you from threading the flat wire into the threaded rod.

Screw the socket of the socket

Screw the socket of the socket

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.

Thread the thread into the socket of the socket

Thread the thread into the socket of the socket

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.

Connect the wires to the socket

Connect the wires to the socket

4. After separating and stripping off the end, engage the conductors in their respective terminals. Lock the wires to the electrician's screwdriver.

Reassemble the socket on its base

Reassemble the socket on its base

5. Reposition the body of the socket on the base, then screw the sheath of the latter on its base.

Screw a decorative bulb on the socket

Screw a decorative bulb on the socket

6. Choose a decorative bulb (here a fluocompact amber flame lamp). Screw the bulb on the socket. Plug the lamp plug into an outlet.

Test the lamp

Test the lamp

7. Test lamp operation by operating the soft wire switch.

Warning!

Do not use incandescent bulbs with a high heat output!

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