If you’ve ever browsed through home decor magazines or walked up and down the aisles at Pier 1, you know how expensive tables and lamps and rugs can be. They’re so insanely overpriced, in fact, that people the world over have channelled their inner crafters and started recreating these coveted pieces for a fraction of the cost.
And that’s exactly what Redditor callosciurini did. After coming across a gorgeous lamp made out of a massive wood block and some LED lights — which unfortunately came with a $1,000 price tag — they decided to make one…instead of, you know, taking out a second mortgage on the house.
To start, they gathered a sizable block of oak wood, an extremely bright LED strip, some epoxy, glass plates for the form, a bit of silicone, and a router. The end result? Something gorgeous.
Here’s what you’ll need to do if you want to give this a go. First, figure out where you want the LED lights to be.
Use the router to carve out the channel. This is where you’ll place the light strip later.
Once the channel is drilled, glue the LED lights into place using any kind of strong adhesive.
Now it’s time for that epoxy. Gather up four glass plates — one for each side — to create a form. Pipe epoxy over the LED strip and totally fill in the channel.
Place one glass plate on each side of the block and glue it into place with silicone. This will help the epoxy dry neatly with clean edges.
Let it dry overnight. The next day, pull the glass plates away and sand off any excess silicone or epoxy.
And voila! You have a gorgeous statement piece for your home that didn’t break the bank.
It’s a pretty serious undertaking, but the end result is undeniably cool. Adding some spark to your home doesn’t have to feel like highway robbery. It’s amazing what you can do with a few raw materials and a little elbow grease.
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