this old house general contractor attaching the ledge to the base and feet while building a freestanding lamp
Photo: Renna Bammi

Step 7: Attach Bottommost Ledge to the Base and Add the Feet

Center the bottommost ledge on the plywood base and mark its edges. Apply wood glue to the bottom surface of the ledge, set it in place, and secure the pieces by screwing 1-inch screws through the base and into the underside of the ledge. Drill a -inch hole through the center of the recess in the ledge to create a hole in the ledge and base. Screw a 1x3 foot to each corner of the base so that two edges of each foot protrude ½ inch from the base's edges.

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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