Chris' Hardware Store DIY Industrial Desk Lamp

Curbly's editor-in-chief, Chris Gardner, wrote in to share a really cool industrial modern DIY project he finished as part of his whole office makeover (we're going to see if we can get a full Tech Tour in the coming days now). Showing off his ingenuity and DIY skills, Chris set out to create his own task lamp using piping supplies from the local hardware store and was cool enough to share the project as a step-by-step.

In the midst of redoing my office, I realized I needed a desk lamp to shed a little extra light on smaller tasks. I went to the office supply and home furnishing stores, but I couldn't find anything that'd work. So, I headed to the hardware store, and created a DIY lamp from pipe fittings.
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You'll need the following supplies:

  • Assorted pipe fittings from the plumbing aisle
  • The one in the photo uses 1/2" parts
  • (1x) 6" nipple
  • (1x) 3 1/2" nipple
  • (5x) 1/2" or "close" nipple
  • (5x) 90-degree elbow
  • (3x) t-joints
  • (1x) 3/4" - 1/2" 90-degree reducer
  • Mineral spirits/other petroleum-based cleaner or citrus-based sticker remover
  • Lamp cord set with candleabra base socket and rotary switch
  • Electric drill with 5/16" bit
  • Hot glue gun
  • Cutting pliers
  • Electric tape
  • Soldering iron (optional)

Everything looks easy to follow, though the electrical wiring step may require some research for correct and safe wiring. Chris links to a helpful how-to for safely working with switches. The finished results would look fitting next to a set of these computer speakers and this laptop stand, don't you think?

The complete step-by-step over at ManMade: How To: Make an Industrial Chic Lamp from Pipe Fittings. But if you're more of a "buy" rather than "DIY" type, you can always order something similar from MESH Architecture.

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