Martin begins with the base of the lamp. It must be very strong, because the trunks are very heavy. Make a box measuring 40 x 40 x 50 cm.
Step 1: To begin with, the boards should be flaky. The metric saw is a bit neater, because you can’t see the top side of the wood. Make two 45-degree cuts so that they are 90 degrees together.
Step 2: It is difficult to connect the two panels together manually. Fortunately, Martin has an easy trick for this! Lay the two boards with the outside sides against each other, so you can see a V-shape at the bottom. Then stick a piece of strong tape over it.
If you flip everything upside down after that, the planks lay neatly against each other. Then drip some wood glue between them and push the boards against each other so they can stay upright. Now you can easily etch the panels together!
advice: Always pre-drill if you have a miter cut.
Step 3: Repeat this step until you have a box with four sides. Also cut three square panels of wood. One for the bottom and 2 later in the process.
The fourth step: Choose two or three nice big branches. I notice: Do not take anything from the forest, because this is poaching. So make sure you get your branches legally.
Fifth step: To ensure that the stems remain in place, it is necessary to make another strengthening of the foot. Clever: Tighten two screws into the square plate before lowering it into the box. This way you can easily remove it later. We’ll draw the outlines of the trees!
Sixth step: Place the branches in the container and draw a circle around the trunks. Draw it a little wider, because the branch is also expanding and so you still have some slack.
Seventh step: Cut out the circles you created with the saw.
advice: To start cutting, it is best to first cut a hole in the center of your circle using a large drill bit. Martine uses a 1 cm drill bit for this.
The bottom tier shelf is now finished. But you will need another one for the layer above. Make a matching shelf with the same holes, just a little bigger. I saw him again!
Step 8: Screw the top shelf almost completely to the top. This way the branches won’t be able to go anywhere.
Sanding, painting and spraying
Now that the foundation is in place, the lamp still needs to be nicely decorated.
Step 1: Put some sand in the container to add more weight. If you notice that there is still some movement in the branches, additionally secure them with pieces and boards of wood on top.
Step 2: Close all screw holes and then sand the tray. With plywood, it is important that all corners and ends are well sanded to prevent splinters.
Step 3: Paint the base a beautiful atmospheric color. Then decorate the branches with white mist using spray paint. Just attach the foot first and I notice: Spray paint gets in all the places you don’t like. So don’t do this in the middle of the living room!
The fourth step: Then of course you have to put the bulbs! Martine uses jute rope, but of course you can also use something else. To connect the lights, all you need is a fitting, a wire, a plug and a bulb. Turn all lamps over.
And then there was light!
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