Boredom Led to This DIY Skateboard Chandelier

published Mar 4, 2013
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College student and Reddit user misterpiggies shared a DIY project which he describes as born out of boredom and an obvious affinity for skateboarding, resulting in a 4 bulb ceiling lamp with some obvious street (and crafting) cred…

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Upon being prodded by fellow Reddit members for some details so they could build their own version, he explained the process:

Materials: Skate deck, 1 1/4″ PVC, weatherproof sockets, a 1 3/4″ hole saw, and tons of epoxy.

I started with a used board which I got from a skate shop for $5. Then I went over to Home Depot to get the electrical parts. My Home Depot didn’t have any sockets that had two sockets at a 180 degree angle, so I instead bought four weatherproof sockets, explanation for the weatherproof sockets coming up.

To mount the sockets, I used 1 1/4″ PVC T fittings with a thread on the T, and two slips on the sides. The weatherproof sockets fit almost perfectly into the 1 1/4″ slip, and are very snug with two wraps of electrical tape. I guided the wire through the T and epoxied the sockets in place, so there would be no play and no turn when installing bulbs.

To mount the sockets to the board, I cut 1 3/4″ holes in the board between the places where screws from installing trucks would be. This allows a 1 1/4″ screwed bushing to fit through, but the flange at the end prevents the whole bushing from falling through. I screw-tightened the T to the bushing from the other side and epoxied the whole thing in place. After the epoxy set, the whole thing was sturdy enough to wire without worrying about whether I moved the positioning of the bulbs.

Wiring the fixture was done while it was unmounted to the ceiling. To mount to the ceiling, I used a standard threaded tube for ceiling fans and ceiling fixtures, which I cut with a hacksaw to the desired length. I drilled a hole through the center of the board and used nuts and washers on both sides of the board to secure it in place. After the fixture was secure, I attached the wiring to my existing electrical connections.
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But misterpiggies isn’t the first to devise this idea. Bad Guy Labs went vert, converting an old deck into a giant, indirect wall mount sconce.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

Similarly, artist Beston Barnett’s piece KickFlip captures the most basic of skate tricks and turned it into a dynamic freeze framed series of flips and turns in CFL illuminated chandelier form.

(Images: misterpiggies; Beston Barnett)