this old house general contractor marking  hole locations for the spacers while building a freestanding lamp
Photo: Renna Bammi

Step 2: Mark Hole Locations for the Spacers

Using a straightedge, mark the center point on one side of each stand-alone ledge and the bottom-most ledge by drawing pencil lines corner to corner; the center of the "X" is the hole location. For the top ledge of the C-shaped assembly, use the vertical piece to mark off the ¾-inch space where it will butt against the ledge, then draw an "X" on the remaining surface area to find the hole location. Set aside the unmarked bottom ledge of the C-shaped assembly.

Contribute to This Story Below

    Tools List

    • tubing cutter
      Pipe cutter
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • finish nails, various lengths
      Finishing nail
    • finish hammer
    • drill
    • spade bit
      -inch paddle bit
    • Drill bit
      -inch drill bit
    • 3-inch wide paint brush
    • random orbit sander
      Random Orbit Sander

    Shopping List

    Hollow metal curtain rod

    at least 48 inches long.

    9-by-12-inch piece of ½-inch plywood

    for the base.

    1x6 lumber:

    Buy at least 4 feet to make the ledges.

    1x3 lumber:

    Buy at least 12 inches to make the feet.

    Threaded wire rod:

    Buy sections to make a rod at least 60 inches long to house the lamp cord.

    Lamp kit:

    Buy one that has a harp, bushing, collar, lamp nut, and lamp cord.

    Lamp cord

    Wood glue

    1-inch screws

    to build the C-shaped assembly and to attach the bottommost ledge to the base.

    Wood putty

    120-grit sandpaper