To see the whole process on how I make the wooden lamp using hangers, don't miss the videos. In the first video we see how to make the lamp with varnished wooden hangers. And in the other video, at the end of this post, I use white hangers. And after that, we see in detail how to make the doweling jig, which I used to make the joints with dowels to join the hangers to the wooden disc.
A friend told me to see if I could make him a lamp with wooden hangers. And the fact is that he showed me some models of wooden hanger lamps that I had seen on the Internet… and I couldn't resist trying to make some. These hanger lamps have a very simple appearance, but to make them I had to improvise some joinery guides. Although the truth is that, for me, one of the most beautiful parts of this hobby is doing projects in which I have to improvise woodworking guides.
How to cut wooden hangers
To make this wooden lamp with hangers, the first thing I have to do is remove the horizontal rod (the one on which we hang the pants) from the wooden hangers. I simply pull on the ends of the rods to pull them off. And then with a pliers I remove the small nails that kept the rod in place.
Now I need to modify the guide to cut 90 degrees with the disc saw, to cut the hangers. So I can cut all the wooden hangers roughly in half and in two equal parts.
So now I can put the hangers in the jig to cut them into two equal halves. I fit the hanger into the modified jig, press it with a block under the runner sheet on which the saw runs, and I cut the wooden hanger. I remove the piece of hanger that was clamped in the jig, I insert the piece that was loose, and I also cut it. So both parts will be the same. And I do the same with all the hangers.
The doweling jig
Now I have to improvise a jig to drill the holes to insert the dowels. This doweling jig helps me to drill a 6mm hole in the cut I made in each half of the hangers. And the important thing is that it allows me to make all the holes in the same position. This makeshift doweling jig is very easy to make and fits perfectly on the hangers for drilling the holes.
As we can see in the image and in the video, we "only" need a workbench vise to hold the doweling jig around the hanger and thus drill the holes for the wooden dowels.
Now I only have to make a piece to join the hangers and shape the wooden lamp. Almost as simple as making a circle of wood and drilling holes to connect the hangers with the wooden nuts. In my case, making a circle of wood is easy if I use the guide to cut circles with the table jigsaw.
Then I use an angle protractor to draw a radius for each hanger that I want to attach to the wooden circle. So I know where to drill the holes for the dowels.
So, now, to drill the holes in the wood disc, I have to put the column drill table vertically. And I have to hold a small wooden board with sergeants to the metal table of the column drill. So I can screw the disc to the wooden board and rotate it to drill the necessary holes to make the joints with the nuts.
And to finish that piece, I have to use a hole saw to make a hole for the lamp holder. In this case, a lamp holder with a wide nut that will hold the lamp hanging from the cable.
How to assemble the wooden hangers lamp
Finally I can join the hangers to the wooden disc using wooden dowels.
And once I have joined all the half hangers, I can use a toothpick to keep the hangers separate. I also use a threaded rod to hold the pieces together with a little pressure while the glue dries. So, I practically finished making this lamp with wooden hangers.
As soon as the glue dries I give it a couple of coats of spray varnish. I wait for the varnish to dry and I can put the lamp holder and the bulb in. And now I can give this nice hangers lamp to my friend so he can have a nice wooden lamp in his house 😀
And here we can see the two hangers lamps that I already made: a varnished wooden hangers lamp and a white hangers lamp. What you think?. I have to say that I love them.
Next we see how to make this wooden lamp with white hangers: (And you can also find in this carpentry blog other homemade lamps).
And now we see how to make the glean guide that I had to improvise to do the unions with nipples of this wooden lamp: