Paint and varnish the lamp.

Tree led lamp part 4, painting, assembling and lighting

And now it was time for the part I usually like the least, painting the wood of the lamp. And with the parts painted I can glue the halves together with the lampshade in between, drill the holes for the screws, install the electrical part and finally assemble and turn the lamp on.

Before painting the led lamp (<- You can find there how to make this led lamp step by step) I have to sand well all the wooden parts with fine grit sandpaper, without forgetting any corner. With an even finer grit sanding block I gave a final sanding and cleaned the dust well from all the wood parts. I put some small headless nails in several wooden blocks and put on them the wood surfaces I didn’t need to paint. This way, with the pieces elevated, I can paint the lamp and varnish without fear of the paint sticking to the newspaper that I put underneath to protect the top of the worktable.

Don’t miss the video summary in English on “How to make a led lamp in the shape of a tree“. With links to all articles on this making.

Normally, I would give a coat of primer, but I don’t have a suitable one for the synthetic paint I have (an old can of green paint I had at the bottom of a cabinet in the workshop), so I gave a coat of paint, stretching it well, and when it was dry I gave a soft sanding with the fine sandpaper foam block. I went over all the paint with my fingers to make sure there were no rough spots left not sanded, cleaned up the dust and gave it a second coat of green paint. And to apply the stain varnish the procedure was the same. If the paint and the stain varnish are well stretched and sanded smooth between coats, the difference in color and feel between the first coat and the second is enormous.

Onces the paint was dry I placed each half of the lampshade on its corresponding half of the tree, inserting a couple of staples into the base of each half of the lampshade to make sure they wouldn’t move up above the trunk. And in order to seal the hole in the trunk through which the LED bulb passes, I put a few layers of toilet paper glued with a mixture of glue and water. If that gap is not sealed we will have brighter light coming through it and the lamp will look ugly.

To glue both halves together I apply a thin bead of carpenter’s glue to the unpainted wood edge, and also to the edge of both halves of the lampshade. With a small brush I stretch the glue well, wiping the excess with a piece of paper. I put one half on top of the other and tighten them with the cheap woodworking clamps, being careful to align both pieces well and trying to protect the paint with some pieces of felt.

Install a lamp holder for LED bulb.

The lamp holder is screwed into a piece of hollow threaded rod which is also screwed into the hole made for this purpose in the base of the wood lamp. Now all I had to do was to pass the electrical cable through the side hole, lead it into the lamp holder and make the electrical connections.

I drilled a couple of pilot holes, drilled from the bottom of the base to the trunk of the tree, to join both parts with screws. And I also drilled a couple of recesses to accommodate the head of the screws and prevent them from protruding from the bottom with the danger of scratching the table on which the led lamp might be placed.

And while I was at it, I put some pieces of self-adhesive felt under the wooden base. The same felt I had used to try to protect the paint when I used the clamps (and I confess that they left a very slight roughness in the paint, although without the felt the damage would have been much greater).

Install an LED bulb.

And finally, a safety note: I use an LED bulb with only 1 watt of power. I checked that it does not get hot at all after a long time on. An incandescent bulb or even energy-saving bulbs, no matter how powerful they are, generate heat, so being in this lamp so close to the paper of the lampshade, it could burn and even catch fire.

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