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

Step 4: Transfer the Hole Locations

For the stand-alone ledges and top ledge of the C-shaped assembly, hammer a finishing nail just through the middle of each recess to transfer this point to the opposite side. Next, mark the location of the recess on the C-shaped assembly's bottom ledge: Set the top ledge on top of it, flush at one end; and hammer a nail through its center point until it leaves a small impression in the surface of the bottom ledge. Drill the recess in the bottom ledge; then transfer its center point to the opposite side as you did with the other ledges. Flip all ledges over, and for each one make a ¼-inch-deep recess centered over the nail hole.

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    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