Today I'll be showing you how i created this spider legged lamp. It's a very minimalistic design as I wanted all the focus to be on the light bulb which is one of those filament LED lightbulbs.
Let's get started!
Step 1: What You'll Need
Here's a short list of what you'll need:
- A nice lightbulb which you want to be your centrepiece
- A lamp cord with foot switch.
- At least 3.60m of metal rod. I'm using 8mm tick met rods.
- A metal ring approperatly sized to your lightbulb. (The bulb should be able to fit through the ring with just the collar, and should be able to rest on it without obscuring the threads of the bulb.
- Some primer & paint
- A welder
Step 2: Preparing the Legs
It's time to get started with the legs.
I wanted my lamp to be quite tall, at about the same hight of my head when I would be sitting in a chair. That turned out to be about 110 cm. The overal hight of the lamp should be about 120cm.
I started by cutting the metal rods to 120cm. Now that the legs are still straight, I used the band sander to round off one of the ends, this will create a nice and finished look!
Step 3: Bending the Legs
An angle of about 20° seemed right for me, i heated the metal rod in the vice and started bending it around the 80cm mark. I repeated this for all 3 legs, making sure the had the exact same angle in them!
TIP: use a file to make a small scratch in all 3 legs at 80cm, this scratch will stay visible during heating! (normal marker will burn and vanish while heating!)
Step 4: Welding It All Together!
This is the most difficult step, I'm not an experienced welder and just got into it. My welds turned out to be too weak and broke a few times before I got some strong welds in!
I started by marking my metal ring with the positions I would be welding my legs to. This made sure I didn't misalign anything. Then i proceeded to fix everything into place, I welded the metal ring onto one of the legs first. The used my workbench as a flat and put the legs at an angle perpendicular to the ring. This way I could mess around with the alignment until I got something that looked right. I'm sure there are better ways to do this, feel free to comment below if you suggest another technique!
Step 5: Some Paint, and We're Done!
After a lot of cleaning the welds with a grinder and the dremel tool, I prepared the stand for primer and paint!
And we're done!
Hope you enjoyed this intractable, if you have any questions, please leave me a comment and don't forget to vote if you liked it :)