How to Make a DIY Floor Lamp With a Drill and a Jigsaw

by Joost | Updated on:  June 21, 2021
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Decorating house expresses your own significance and also makes the living place look worthy. A floor lamp can be a helping hand in this purpose to make it look more fascinating. Skills needed to make a floor lamp are not that much. All you need to know about drilling, cutting, and painting. DIY Lamp A floor lamp is nice to see and easy to make. You can make an organic design floor lamp easily at home with few accessories like MDF, plywood and led stripe, a cordless driver and a jigsaw. Only using these tools you can easily make one.

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Making Process

DIY Floor Lamp is easy to make. All you need to follow the steps stated below. Try one at home following these steps. Hope the outcome will satisfy you.

Step 01: Making Frame

First, make a perfect frame for the lamp. Plywood can be used for this purpose. Cut four piece rectangular shaped plywood board. The size can vary for the lamp. the height may differ from 2’ to 4’ and the width from 1’ to 2’. This is a perfect shape. Measure the length and width using a measuring tape and cut them using a jigsaw. Be careful while cutting so that the wood doesn’t strip out. Then make some designs on the board to give it a nice outlook. You can do it freehand drawing. Use a charcoal pencil to draw the organic shapes to the sides of the lamp.
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DIY floor lamp with a drill and a jigsaw in use
Then open up the entry holes for the jigsaw using the cordless drill. Use the jigsaw to cut out all the curved forms according to your drawing.
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DIY floor lamp with a drill and a jigsaw in use
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DIY floor lamp with a drill and a jigsaw in use
To make the pieces smooth, use sandpaper and give all the pieces a nice sanding.
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DIY floor lamp with a drill and a jigsaw in use
To diffuse the light coming from the inside of the lamp, use canvas. Cut it to the frame size and staple it in place.
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DIY floor lamp with a drill and a jigsaw in use
Then use a clamped 2×4 as a fence to cut a piece of plywood for the top of the lamp. This jigsaw cut at a straight line with ease against the fence. Smooth the piece using sandpaper and attach it with glue to the top of the lamp.
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Step 02: Join the frames

Use corner clamps in order to hold the four sides of the lamp temporarily in place. After that drill, it to create pilot holes and then join all the sides using screws.
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DIY floor lamp with a drill and a jigsaw in use
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DIY floor lamp with a drill and a jigsaw in use
For the bottom portion, use the jigsaw to cut a piece of plywood. When cutting across the grain add blue masking tape to reduce tear-out. Then mount a hole saw in the drill and cut out four circles to act as the bottom’s legs. Pass a screw through them, clamp them with butterfly nuts and chuck them on the drill.
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DIY floor lamp with a drill and a jigsaw in use
After this use the drill as a lathe to sand them all evenly. Also, cut out four squares which will act as blocks for the upper part of the lamp. Use glue to fix them and nail them in place. For attaching the bottom piece, make a pilot hole on an oak dowel and screw the bottom in place.
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DIY floor lamp with a drill and a jigsaw in use

Step 03: Attach the lights

After completing the framing make arrangements for the light source of the floor lamp. Use led light for this purpose. Cut out a led light stripe and secure it on the dowel with zip ties. After that do the power supply arrangements. Connect the power supply for the LEDs and screw it on the bottom of the lamp.
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DIY floor lamp with a drill and a jigsaw in use

Step 04: Decoration

After completing framing and lighting arrangements make the lamp look good. Paint it to make it look more attractive and also to make your room look good. Before painting, add cardboard pieces between the canvas and the MDF sides. This way the canvas gets a small distance from the MDF. With this kind of masking arrangement, the inner sides can be painted properly. Otherwise, the canvas may get colored. Use a small brush to paint the inner sides. Then use a roller to paint the outer surface and complete the paint job.
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DIY floor lamp with a drill and a jigsaw in use
The floor lamp is complete. After completing the painting, place the lamp where you want to place it. Connect the light and the lamp will increase the beauty of your room.

Conclusion

This floor lamp is easy to make and it looks very nice. All you need is just a good drill and jigsaw piece and you can make plywood pieces into these types of lamp. The cost is also cheap and you can make it easily at home. So try this wooden floor lamp idea to get an excellent outcome.
Joost Nusselder, the founder of Tools Doctor is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new equipment, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with tools & crafting tips.