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Attic Rooms – 11 Different Conversion Ideas

Attic Rooms - 11 Different Conversion Ideas

I think the most creative idea has got to be the climbing gym. But a nice attic library and reading nook would be a good place to spend the day. Here are 9 ideas on how to use an attic space.

1. A Space to Workout

Attic Rooms - 11 Different Conversion Ideas: #1 A Space to Workout

Attic Rooms - 11 Different Conversion Ideas: #1 A Space to Workout

The slanted walls of the attic make for a good climbing space build. Even basic gym equipment, or a yoga mat, can turn an attic space into a home gym. And you’ll probably have space left over to add another one of the ideas below to your attic conversion.

2. A Quiet Place to Work

Attic Rooms - 11 Different Conversion Ideas: #2 A Quiet Place to Work

It’s quite, and a little bit separated from the rest of the house – making the attic an ideal space for home office. And again, you’ll probably have space left over to include another idea from this post into your attic (such as #8 Adding Storage Space) .

3. Cocooned in Your Own Reading Nook and Library

Attic Rooms - 11 Different Conversion Ideas: #3 Cocooned in Your Own Reading Nook and Library

Fill up the walls with books, and the slanted walls will make you feel cocooned into your own reading nook and library. Don’t forget the window overlooking the garden, and comfy chairs.

4. The Cave – Attic Ideas for Men

Attic Rooms - 11 Different Conversion Ideas: #4 The Cave - Attic Ideas for Men

Go for a customized renovation of the attic and fill it up with all of your stuff. Whether that be a gaming computer, sports memorabilia, or a music room – have it all in one place in the house, separated from the rest. For more ideas on man caves, have a look at my post here.

5. A Space To Watch Movies

Attic Rooms - 11 Different Conversion Ideas: #5 A Space To Watch Movies

An attic will make for a very cozy home theater. It can be as simple as having a large TV, a comfy couch, and floor pillows. You could always add in a mini fridge, dimmable lights (or just have floor lamps behind the couch), and movie posters hanging from the walls.

6. All in One Bedroom Space

Attic Rooms - 11 Different Conversion Ideas: #6 All in One Bedroom Space

A lot of attics will have enough space to be converted into an ensuite bedroom. Saving the person from having to walk up and down the stairs. The finished attic bedroom could just be used as a guest bedroom that can also be a home office or gym when it is not in use.

Read my post here for more ideas on finishing and turning your attic into a bedroom.

7. A Whole Room As A Walk In Closet

Attic Rooms - 11 Different Conversion Ideas: #7 A Whole Room As A Walk In Closet

Building from the ground up means that you get to customize the storage space around the things that you want to keep up there. Some ideas include – an island (like a kitchen island), a bench to try on outfits, a floor mirror, and don’t forget about lighting (Closet Lighting Ideas: From Wireless to Walk In)

8. There is Never Enough Storage Space

Attic Rooms - 11 Different Conversion Ideas: #8 There is Never Enough Storage Space

If you want to make the most of your attic space, then you’ll want to go with built in storage units. This is because you have those angled walls, and built in units can be built to fit into these spaces. For more ideas, designs, and pictures, on using your attic for storage, check out my post here: Finished and Unfinished Attic Storage Ideas.

9. The Kids are All Tucked Away

Attic Rooms - 11 Different Conversion Ideas: #9 The Kids are All Tucked Away

Built in bunk beds can be squeezed into the slopped walls, making for a cozy bed. For more ideas on creating a kids room, have a look at these mood boards:

10. A Room For the Kids

Attic Rooms - 11 Different Conversion Ideas: #10 A Room For the Kids

A finished attic can make for the perfect playroom space for the kids. Check out my basement playroom ideas post for design ideas on how to convert your attic into a playroom.

11. A Room With a View

Attic Rooms - 11 Different Conversion Ideas: #11 A Room With a View

Why not renovate and makeover the attic with some large windows, and take advantage of the views waiting outside. You’ll have the perfect spot to watch the stars at night.

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February 7, 2016 in Attic, Construction

8 Emergency and Safety Items You Absolutely Need In Your Home

8 Emergency and Safety Items You Absolutely Need In Your Home

If an emergency does happens in your home, you don’t want to be wishing you had what you needed to solve it. Here are the top 8 emergency preparedness items to have in your home.

1. A Tool Kit, For Everyday Fixes and Disasters

8 Emergency and Safety Items You Absolutely Need In Your Home - #1 Emergency Tool Kit

A basic tool kit will be useful for minor home repair. Tools such as a wrench can also be used during natural disasters to turn off utilities. Here are some basic tools to include in your tool kit: screw drivers, a hammer, pliers, a wrench, and a box cutter. Just like this tool kit here.

2. The Multi Tool

8 Emergency and Safety Items You Absolutely Need In Your Home - #2 Multi Tool

A Swiss Army knife is another helpful tool that can get you out of small sticky situations. Buy yours here.

3. A Flash Light For Long Dark Spells

8 Emergency and Safety Items You Absolutely Need In Your Home - #3 Flash Light

Everyone has a phone with a flash light. But a battery powered flash light, kept near the bed, will be useful for long power outages, storms, and blizzards. The lantern in the picture above can be found here.

4. Copies of Personal Documents

8 Emergency and Safety Items You Absolutely Need In Your Home - #4 Personal Documents

This could include birth certificates, copies of passports, driving licenses, and bank details. Store these away from the originals.

5. Extra Cash

8 Emergency and Safety Items You Absolutely Need In Your Home - #5 Emergency Cash

Who knows when you’ll have an emergency and there is no time to hit the ATM

6. Smoke Alarms

8 Emergency and Safety Items You Absolutely Need In Your Home - #6 Smoke Alarms

Install a smoke alarm on every level of the house. One near the kitchen, and one near or in every bedroom. This alarm has both smoke and carbon monoxide detection.

7. Fire Extinguisher

8 Emergency and Safety Items You Absolutely Need In Your Home - #7 Fire Fire Extinguisher

Keep one of these in the kitchen, and make sure it is up-to-date. Also know the difference between a normal fire, grease fire and an electoral fire and how to put out each one. Here is a multi purpose fire extinguisher.

Fire Escape Plan – This is something to keep in mind. Figure out a home emergency plan. How will each person in each bedroom make it out of the house incase of a fire. Do all of the windows open? Is there a way out if the stairs are not passable?

8 First Aid Kits

8 Emergency and Safety Items You Absolutely Need In Your Home - #8 First Aid Kit

A first aid kit and supplies will come in handy for small cuts and grazes, but it will also help in controlling a major accident while help is on the way. 100 piece first aid kit

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February 7, 2016 in Safety

An IKEA Stool Turns Into a DIY Lamp and Tripod Stool Combo

An IKEA Stool Turns Into a DIY Lamp and Tripod Stool Combo

DIY IKEA FROSTA Lamp and Tripod Stool Combo

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The curved leg of IKEA’s FROSTA stool looked like it could be turned into a stylish lamp. The good thing about this project is that you can rebuild the stool using the left over 3 legs – creating a tripod stool. And no tools are need to do all of this.

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES

  • IKEA FROSTA Stool

I had one that was already being used as a stool

  • Concrete and Rubber Gloves

Premixed bags like Quikrete are easy to use since you just need to add water. But I used a bag of concrete and a bag of sand and made my own mix.

  • LED Lights and Superglue

I used some basic IKEA DIODER LED lights which I had

  • Paper, Cardboard, and Stanley Knife

This is to make the template and the box that will be used to pour the cement into

INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1: Taking the stool apart

Since I’m using a FROSTA stool that I already had, I needed to take it apart

DIY IKEA FROSTA Lamp and Tripod Stool Combo - STEP 1 Taking it apart

DIY IKEA FROSTA Lamp and Tripod Stool Combo - STEP 1 Taking it apart

STEP 2: Making the template

The next step is to make a box for the cement. Draw a cross with 4 and 1/2 inch wide and tall panels. After cutting it out, trace it onto some thick cardboard.

I scored the insides of the box to make it easier to fold the sides.

DIY IKEA FROSTA Lamp and Tripod Stool Combo - STEP 2 Making the template

DIY IKEA FROSTA Lamp and Tripod Stool Combo - STEP 2 Making the template

DIY IKEA FROSTA Lamp and Tripod Stool Combo - STEP 2 Making the template

DIY IKEA FROSTA Lamp and Tripod Stool Combo - STEP 2 Making the template

STEP 3: Marking the base

When the cement is poured, you’ll want to have a bit of a base before putting in the wooden leg. So mark 1/2 inch on all sides of the box.

DIY IKEA FROSTA Lamp and Tripod Stool Combo - STEP 3 Marking the base

STEP 4: Waterproofing the cardboard and taping it together

Cover the inside of the template with tape to protect it from the wet cement. Then tape the sides together.

DIY IKEA FROSTA Lamp and Tripod Stool Combo - STEP 4 Waterproofing the cardboard

DIY IKEA FROSTA Lamp and Tripod Stool Combo - STEP 4 Taping the box together

STEP 5: Mixing the concrete

You’ll need some rubber gloves when mixing the concrete, as it can burn your skin. If you are using Quikrete, you’ll just need to follow the directions and mix it with water. I used the top of a cut off water bottle to mix 1 part concrete with 2 parts sand with enough water to get a wet mix.

DIY IKEA FROSTA Lamp and Tripod Stool Combo - STEP 5 Mixing the concrete

DIY IKEA FROSTA Lamp and Tripod Stool Combo - STEP 5 Mixing the concrete

STEP 6: Pouring the cement

Pour the cement until you reach the 1/2 mark. Then shake the box a bit to flatten out the cement. Now you can put the stool leg into the box, using books/scrap wood/paint tins/anything to hold up the leg at the right level.

As you pour the cement, use a thin stick to poke all the way around the box to help release the air bubbles. Tapping on the outside of the box lightly also helps release air bubbles.

I had to put some scrap wood onto of the stool leg to hold it down, as it would try and float up as I poured in the cement.

DIY IKEA FROSTA Lamp and Tripod Stool Combo - STEP 6 Pouring the base

DIY IKEA FROSTA Lamp and Tripod Stool Combo - STEP 6 Pouring the base

STEP 7: While you wait – the FROSTA Tripod Stool

I left the cement to dry overnight. While I was waiting I used this tutorial by Apartment Therapy to rebuild the stool, using 3 legs.

STEP A: Screw one leg

Screw one of the legs back into the seat, in a set of holes that are already there

DIY IKEA FROSTA Lamp and Tripod Stool Combo - STEP 7 Building the 3 legged stool

DIY IKEA FROSTA Lamp and Tripod Stool Combo - STEP 7 Building the 3 legged stool

DIY IKEA FROSTA Lamp and Tripod Stool Combo - STEP 7 Building the 3 legged stool

STEP B: Draw the horizontal line

Following the screw holes on opposite sides, create a line across the seat.

DIY IKEA FROSTA Lamp and Tripod Stool Combo - STEP 7 Building the 3 legged stool

STEP C: Marking the new lines

Make a mark 3 and 5/8 inches (9.2cm) down from the horizontal line along the edge on both sides of the stool. Then connect the marks with the centre hole in the stool.

DIY IKEA FROSTA Lamp and Tripod Stool Combo - STEP 7 Building the 3 legged stool

STEP D: New hole placements

Measure the distance from the edge of the stool to one of the first screw holes where the legs use to be. My measurement was 1 inch from the edge. Make this mark on your lines, this is where you’ll need to screw the first screw. Then line up the end of the leg with the line and screw the next screws in.

DIY IKEA FROSTA Lamp and Tripod Stool Combo - STEP 7 Building the 3 legged stool

DIY IKEA FROSTA Lamp and Tripod Stool Combo - STEP 7 Building the 3 legged stool

STEP 8: Removing the cardboard

I waited overnight before removing the cardboard box. Once it was removed I waited for about half a day for the sides and bottom areas to fully dry.

DIY IKEA FROSTA Lamp and Tripod Stool Combo - STEP 8 Removing the cardboard

STEP 9: Adding the Light

Next glue the LED lights to the underside of the stool leg – not too close to the curve since it will need to be connected to the power supply.

DIY IKEA FROSTA Lamp and Tripod Stool Combo - STEP 9 Adding the LED lights

DIY IKEA FROSTA Lamp and Tripod Stool Combo - STEP 9 Adding the LED lights

DIY IKEA FROSTA Lamp and Tripod Stool Combo

DIY IKEA FROSTA Lamp and Tripod Stool Combo

Email me at jacob@hometreeatlas.com with photos if you make your own, or if you have any questions.

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January 30, 2016 in Made By HtA

The DIY Table Tower – Basic Edition: Plywood Shelves that Slot Onto a Table

The DIY Table Tower - Basic Edition: Plywood Shelves that Slot Onto a Table

The DIY Table Tower - Basic Edition: Plywood Shelves that Slot Onto a Table

The DIY Table Tower - Basic Edition: Plywood Shelves that Slot Onto a Table

The DIY Table Tower - Basic Edition: Plywood Shelves that Slot Onto a Table

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I needed some storage space around my work table, and I couldn’t put up any shelves on the walls. So I figured out a way to build a shelf tower that could slot onto my table. It can be customized to your own storage needs. The one I built here is quite basic. But I have ideas for:

  • A Workshop Table Tower with lots of sliding shelves to store screws and side brackets to hold pliers.
  • A Desk Table Tower that will have a dowel to hang up headphones, a caddy to store notebooks, and a bracket to store pens.

The DIY Table Tower - Basic Edition: Plywood Shelves that Slot Onto a Table - Materials

TOOLS

  • Jigsaw

This is the only power saw I have, so this is what I used.

  • Drill

To cut the inside of the slot, you’ll need a drill and a drill bit the size of the jigsaw’s blade

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES

  • Plywood

I used 3/4 inch plywood

  • Screws

1 and 1/2 inch wood screws

  • Dowels

These can be bought, but I had a few left over from an IKEA bookcase. You could also use small screws.

INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1: The height of the tower

The tower I built is 27 inches tall, 8 inches wide (excluding the thickness of the side panels), and 9 inches deep.

So the two side panels need to be marked out: 27 inches tall and 9 inches wide. The 3 panels that fit in-between the side panels are 8 inches by 9 inches.

The DIY Table Tower - Basic Edition: Plywood Shelves that Slot Onto a Table - STEP 1 The height of the tower

STEP 2: Cut the plywood

Once the pieces are marked out, cut them all out. For the shelf panel, i just cut the piece slightly skinnier than the top and bottom ones so it can slide into the tower easier.

The DIY Table Tower - Basic Edition: Plywood Shelves that Slot Onto a Table - STEP 2 Cutting the plywood

STEP 3: Measuring the slots

The slots need to be marked out next. I drew a line across both side panels, 8 inches from the bottom.

The thickness of the table I want to put this tower on is 3/4 inch. So I would need to create a slot the same size. I measured 3/4 inches up from the 8 inch mark on both side panels. These slots need to be 7 inches wide.

The DIY Table Tower - Basic Edition: Plywood Shelves that Slot Onto a Table - STEP 3 Measuring the slots

STEP 4: Cutting the slots

Use the jigsaw to cut into the plywood where the slots are marked out. You’ll then need to use the drill to drill a hole for your jigsaw blade to fit through so you can cut the sideways part of the slot, just like in the pictures below.

The DIY Table Tower - Basic Edition: Plywood Shelves that Slot Onto a Table - STEP 4 Cutting the slots

STEP 4: Adding the dowels for the shelf

Measuring 9 inches down from the top, 2 holes (the same size as the dowels) were drilled (not all the way though) on each side panel. The dowels were then hammered in. If the holes you drilled are too wide for the dowels, just put in some glue/woodglue.

The DIY Table Tower - Basic Edition: Plywood Shelves that Slot Onto a Table - STEP 5 Adding the dowels

The DIY Table Tower - Basic Edition: Plywood Shelves that Slot Onto a Table - STEP 5 Adding the dowels

STEP 5: Assemble the Tower

Taking a side piece, drill some sink holes where your screws will go in. Now screw a side piece to either the top or bottom panel. And keep working around until you’ve built the Tower.

The DIY Table Tower - Basic Edition: Plywood Shelves that Slot Onto a Table - STEP 6 Assembling the Tower

The DIY Table Tower - Basic Edition: Plywood Shelves that Slot Onto a Table - STEP 6 Assembling the Tower

The DIY Table Tower - Basic Edition: Plywood Shelves that Slot Onto a Table - STEP 6 Assembling the Tower

The DIY Table Tower - Basic Edition: Plywood Shelves that Slot Onto a Table - STEP 6 Assembling the Tower

The DIY Table Tower - Basic Edition: Plywood Shelves that Slot Onto a Table - STEP 6 Assembling the Tower

The DIY Table Tower - Basic Edition: Plywood Shelves that Slot Onto a Table

The DIY Table Tower - Basic Edition: Plywood Shelves that Slot Onto a Table

The DIY Table Tower - Basic Edition: Plywood Shelves that Slot Onto a Table

Email me at jacob@hometreeatlas.com with photos if you make your own, or if you have any questions.

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January 29, 2016 in Made By HtA

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions

It’s pretty surprising the almost unlimited ways you can get creative building with plywood by gluing pieces together. I’ve only just started basic woodworking, but I’ve already made a lamp, and coasters using scrap plywood – along with a number of other plywood projects.

Bloks, as I like to call them, are organizers made by cutting holes in sheets of plywood and gluing them together. They can be customized to any room, or for any items that you want grouped and organized helping to get rid of clutter on your tables.

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - Materials

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TOOLS

  • Jigsaw

My power saw jigsaw was bought at IKEA, not the best but still does the job

  • Drill

And a drill bit the size of your jigsaw blade

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES

  • Plywood

I used 3/4 inch plywood. You can use thinner plywood, but you’ll just need to glue more pieces together to create a stack

  • Sandpaper

I used 150 grit sandpaper

  • 4x Clamps

These will be used to clamp together the plywood while the glue sets

  • Wood Glue
  • Tape Measure and Pencil
  • Polyurethane

This is used to finish off the plywood when you are done – giving it a nice shine. You can also use Linseed oil

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1: Gather your items

This is a custom organizer for your items, so gather up what you want to organzie. For me this included notebooks, my phone, pens, and loose items.

Next measure how wide your holes need to be to fit your items. For my phone, I needed a hole that was 3 by 2 inches.

I just made sure there was an inch border around the whole block and in-between most holes.

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - STEP 1 The Template

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - STEP 1 The Template

Step 2: The depth of each hole

The next step is to figure out how many pieces of plywood sheets you’ll need to create your block. I knew I needed 4 sheets to create the height of the block. There would be one base layer (at the bottom) with no holes in it. The holes for my phone and notebooks would be cut in the next 3 layers, while the holes for the pencils and loose items would only need to be cut in the top plywood sheet.

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - STEP 2 The depth

The Template for the Bedroom Blok

This one will hold a book in the back and my phone in the front. I ended up having to drill a hole through the side once it was built to feed through my charger cable.

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - The Bedroom Blok Template

Step 3: Cut out your template

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - STEP 3 Cutting out the template

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - STEP 3 Cutting out the template

Step 4: Trace your template onto your plywood

I just mark the corners of the template and use a ruler to connect them

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - STEP 4 Tracing the template

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - STEP 4 Tracing the template

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - STEP 4 Tracing the template

Step 5: Drill your holes

Take your drill and the drill bit that is the same size as the blade for your jigsaw, and drill a hole on opposite corners where each hole will be in the plywood. This hole lets your jigsaw blade get into where you need to cut.

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - STEP 5 Drilling the holes for the jigsaw blade to fit into

Step 6: Saw out the holes

Take the jigsaw and cut out the holes

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - STEP 6 Cutting out the pieces

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - STEP 6 Cutting out the pieces

Step 7: Glue the pieces together and clamping it

Glue the pieces in the right order. When you’re done glueing the plywood together, you’ll need to clamp the block (using scrap wood on the top and bottom) so the glue makes a solid connection with the wood. It will take over 30 minutes for the glue to set.

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - STEP 7 Glueing the plywood pieces together

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - STEP 7 Glueing the plywood pieces together

Step 8: Sanding down the edges

Since the jigsaw does not make perfect straight lines, I took some sandpaper and sanded down the edges of the block. You can do this by hand, or you can buy a cheap sanding disk attachment for your drill – which is what I did and it saves a lot of time.

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - STEP 8 Sanding the edges

Step 9: Adding some gloss

After you’ve sanded down the edges, wipe off the wood dust so you have a clean surface to apply the polyurethane to. After my first coat, I waited 3 hours for it to dry. I hand sanded it down all over before adding a second coat – followed by another sanding after it dried to smooth it out.

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - STEP 9 Adding the polyurethane

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - STEP 9 Adding the polyurethane

The Desk Blok

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - The Desk Blok

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - The Desk Blok

The Bedroom Blok

DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - The Bedroom Blok DIY Organization Bloks Made Out of Plywood: Bedroom and Desk Editions - The Bedroom Blok

Email me at jacob@hometreeatlas.com with photos if you make your own, or if you have any questions.

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January 28, 2016 in Made By HtA

The Dark Knight DIY Desk Lamp – Make Any Shape Lamp With Plywood

The Dark Knight DIY Desk Lamp - Make Any Shape Lamp With Plywood

The Dark Knight DIY Desk Lamp - Make Any Shape Lamp With Plywood

Plywood can be cut into any shape that you can think of. And I liked the idea of having an angular desk lamp – shaped a bit like Batman’s, The Dark Knight Tumbler.

While plywood can be shaped to make the lamp stand, concrete is easy to use and can be shaped into a base. Then all that is left is a strip of LED lights – I got mine at IKEA.

The Dark Knight DIY Desk Lamp - Make Any Shape Lamp With Plywood - Supplies

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TOOLS

  • Jigsaw

The one I have cost $25 from IKEA and is ideal for cutting different shapes from plywood

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES

  • Plywood

I used 3/4 inch thick plywood

  • LED Light

The one I used is the basic DIODER light from IKEA. You can also get strips of flexible LED lights from Amazon.com if you want to create a more curved shaped lamp.

  • Concrete and Rubber Gloves

I just used a normal bag of concrete, and had another bag of sand. You can also use Quikrete Concrete Mix which is already mixed – so all you need to do is add water.

  • Wood Glue
  • Spray Paint

This is if you want to paint your lamp – mine is black.

  • Clamps

I cut out 3 sheets of plywood and glued them together – so they needed to be clamped

INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1: Creating a template

There is no real science here. I knew I wanted an angular lamp, a bit like Batman’s Tumbler. So I doodled it out until I got decent shape. Then I started drawing it to scale – changing the angles and lengths until it looked right. Here are 2 things to keep in mind when creating your own template:

1) Make sure that where your LEDs will go, will be high enough off the ground to be a good light source. Too low and you won’t get much light out of the lamp. Too high (if it is a desk lamp) and the direct view of the LEDs can be blinding and off putting.

2) The bottom of my template, the base, will be stuck in cement. So the angled shape is to help it stay secured in the cement. Cut your plywood so the base has some parts sticking out to keep it secure in the cement.

The Dark Knight DIY Desk Lamp - Make Any Shape Lamp With Plywood - Step #1 The template

STEP 2: Cutting the plywood

I used tape to stick the template onto the plywood, then traced it, and cut it. I wanted a thick lamp so I cut two pieces which will be glued together.

The Dark Knight DIY Desk Lamp - Make Any Shape Lamp With Plywood - Step #2 Cutting the plywood

The Dark Knight DIY Desk Lamp - Make Any Shape Lamp With Plywood - Step #2 Cutting the plywood

STEP 3: The middle piece

I wanted there to be a middle section where the LED lights could sit inside – hidden away. So I took my template and cut a 1cm off from the underside. Then made the cut from plywood.

The Dark Knight DIY Desk Lamp - Make Any Shape Lamp With Plywood - Step #3 The middle piece

The Dark Knight DIY Desk Lamp - Make Any Shape Lamp With Plywood - Step #3 The middle piece

STEP 4: Glueing the pieces together

Take the wood glue and spread it across the plywood. The block of plywood will then need to be clamped down until the glue dries – which takes 30 minutes.

The Dark Knight DIY Desk Lamp - Make Any Shape Lamp With Plywood - Step #4 Glueing the plywood

The Dark Knight DIY Desk Lamp - Make Any Shape Lamp With Plywood - Step #4 Glueing the plywood

STEP 5: Turning it black

Using an IKEA bag, I placed the block of plywood on top of a piece of scrap plywood and spray painted it black. 2 coats were applied to all sides.

The Dark Knight DIY Desk Lamp - Make Any Shape Lamp With Plywood - Step #5 Spray painting

STEP 6: Creating the box for the cement base

This is another place where you get to play around to get the shape that you want. I took a piece of paper and traced the bottom of the lamp base onto it. I then added 1 inch to all of the sides. Then I folded the paper up to get the height of the box I wanted.

After cutting this cross shape out, I then minus 1cm from all of the corner edges and drew a line from the base to create an angle.

The Dark Knight DIY Desk Lamp - Make Any Shape Lamp With Plywood - Step #6 Creating the template for the cement base

The Dark Knight DIY Desk Lamp - Make Any Shape Lamp With Plywood - Step #6 Creating the template for the cement base

STEP 7: Cutting out the cement box aka the formwork

The box template was traced onto a thick piece of cardboard. You going to need to use thick cardboard since the cement will want to bulge out. Then cut out the template.

Next, I used a box cutter and went along the inside lines – not all the way through. This scores the cardboard creating clean groves to fold the cardboard.

The Dark Knight DIY Desk Lamp - Make Any Shape Lamp With Plywood - Step #7 Cutting out the base template

The Dark Knight DIY Desk Lamp - Make Any Shape Lamp With Plywood - Step #7 Cutting out the base template

STEP 8: Waterproofing the cardboard

Tape the inside section of the box to waterproof it.

The Dark Knight DIY Desk Lamp - Make Any Shape Lamp With Plywood - Step #8 Waterproofing the cardboard

STEP 9: Taping the box together

You want to make sure that you tape the sides together well – so that it holds together when the cement gets poured in.

The Dark Knight DIY Desk Lamp - Make Any Shape Lamp With Plywood - Step #9 Taping the box together

STEP 10: Mixing the conrete

Wear rubber gloves for this next step. I’ve had cement burns while building in the Philippines, and it hurts.

Follow the directions on your concrete bag – whether you need to mix in sand and water or if you just mix in water. I cut the top of a water bottle to help me scoop up the concrete powder and it was later used when pouring the cement into the box.

The Dark Knight DIY Desk Lamp - Make Any Shape Lamp With Plywood - Step #10 Mixing the concrete

The Dark Knight DIY Desk Lamp - Make Any Shape Lamp With Plywood - Step #10 Mixing the concrete

STEP 11: Pouring the floor

I poured in a layer that was 1/2inch to 1inch first, to create a bottom layer. Shake the cardboard box around a bit to flatten out the cement.

The Dark Knight DIY Desk Lamp - Make Any Shape Lamp With Plywood - Step #11 Pouring the floor

STEP 12: Inserting the lamp stand

Now that there is a bottom layer, the lamp stand can be put inside of the box. I used a paint tin and some scrap pieces of wood to hold up the lamp.

The Dark Knight DIY Desk Lamp - Make Any Shape Lamp With Plywood - Step #12 Inserting the lamp stand

STEP 13: Pouring the cement

As you pour in the cement, take a thin stick and poke the cement all the way around. This helps release the air bubbles inside. And once you have poured in the cement to the top, use your finger to tap on the sides of the cardboard box – this also helps with the air bubbles.

The Dark Knight DIY Desk Lamp - Make Any Shape Lamp With Plywood - Step #13 Pouring the cement

STEP 14: Let it dry

I left it to dry for a day and a half before removing the cardboard box.

The Dark Knight DIY Desk Lamp - Make Any Shape Lamp With Plywood - Step #14 Letting it dry

The Dark Knight DIY Desk Lamp - Make Any Shape Lamp With Plywood - Step #14 The cement base

STEP 15: Respraying

The plywood got a bit dirty from the cement pouring. So I taped up the cement base and spray painted it again.

The Dark Knight DIY Desk Lamp - Make Any Shape Lamp With Plywood - Step #15 Repainting

The Dark Knight DIY Desk Lamp - Make Any Shape Lamp With Plywood - Step #15 Repainting

STEP 16: Adding the LED lights

The last step was supergluing the LED light strip into the groove.

The Dark Knight DIY Desk Lamp - Make Any Shape Lamp With Plywood - Step #16 Fitting the IKEA LED lights

The Dark Knight DIY Desk Lamp - Make Any Shape Lamp With Plywood

The Dark Knight DIY Desk Lamp - Make Any Shape Lamp With Plywood

The Dark Knight DIY Desk Lamp - Make Any Shape Lamp With Plywood

The Dark Knight DIY Desk Lamp - Make Any Shape Lamp With Plywood

The Dark Knight DIY Desk Lamp - Make Any Shape Lamp With Plywood

Email me at jacob@hometreeatlas.com with photos if you make your own, or if you have any questions.

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January 22, 2016 in Made By HtA