DIY oak wood light fixture

the decorative light fixture made out of solid oak wood with a special and modern design that also has a decorative role in a high room

The wooden light fixtures have two major advantages: in addition to ensuring the lighting of the rooms in which they are mounted they also play an essential decorative role. Basically, they can be the most important element or the central element of any room (living room or dining room), so it is impossible not to be remarked.

That’s why we will show you this DIY project of wooden modern light fixture. The design is as modern as it is simplistic. We didn’t choose the design (it was our customer’s idea), but we built it.

We used oak wood because it is a very stable wood. The oak wood is more stable then other essences. We laminated the oak wood planks in order to add more strength. For that, we used a homemade clamping system that allowed us to laminate easy and quickly. The DIY clamping system consists of a lot of homemade double C clamps.

We glued two oak wood planks of 2 cm thick and 6 cm wide, for each module of the light fixture. We wanted to use modules of 4 cm thick and 6 cm wide, with lengths of 120 cm. For this type of light fixture we needed 3 identical modules. The three modules of the hanging lamp will be installed on different levels.

I used for each module of the solid oak light fixture, stratified oak wood planks
The stratified oak wood planks

We cut the laminated oak to the exact length of 120 cm and then I started to shape them. We set the length of the channels and we marked their edges taking care that our milling machine does not exceed these markings.

We first routed the channels for sticking the LEDs strips and the plexiglass strips and then we rounded the edges of the modules. We had to build a template from a 18 mm plywood board, which would allow us to round the edges of the channels, because we used a milling bit with a smaller diameter than the width of the channel.

we milled the edges of the channels of the stratified oak wood modules using a template made out of 18 mm thickness plywood
The template for routing the channel edges
we fixed with some clamps the plywood template in order to mill the edges of the channels so that we can do repeated identical millings
Fixing the plywood template with some simple clamps

We did not use the template for milling the entire channel, but only for its edges. It was much simpler to use the parallel guidance of the milling machine to make the entire channel, than to use the template. After we checked the first milling with the template, we made the other 5 with maximum confidence. This plywood template saved us a lot of time. As I said in other previous posts, any kind of templates or jigs help you save time in case of repetitive operations.

I used a guide made out of a piece of plywood to be able to make repeated milling of the edges of the channels in the solid oak wood light fixture
The guide used for milling the rounded edges of the channels
the first milling of the edge of a channel for mounting the LEDs
The first milling using the plywood template
we managed very quickly to mill all the edges of the channels in the three modules of the stratified oak wood light fixture
All the milling of the channel edges came out perfectly

For milling the full length of the grooves we used the parallel guidance of the milling machine. For each groove we used two identical planks as support for the milling machine, so that the contact surface to be as large as possible. So that, the milling machine was easily kept in balance. Thus the grooves for the LEDs strips was routed very quickly. Obviously we made several milling cuts with different depths, but in the end everything was all right.

I used the parallel guide of the milling machine to be able to mill the channels along the length of the massive oak light fixture modules
I used the milling machine with the parallel guide to mill the channels along the entire length of the modules
I used the parallel guide of the milling machine in order to mill the entire length of the channels of the stratified oak wood modules of the light fixture
The channel milling using the parallel guide of the milling machine

We did a small milling cut on the edge of the base groove, for the plexiglass strips . Only one cut for each channel was enough.

we milled two channels to stick first the strips with LEDs and then the plexiglas strips
The two channels needed for fixing the LED strips and the plexiglass strips
I milled a channel to be able to stick with silicone the plexiglas strips that will hide the LEDs
The milling machine used to make the channels for the plexiglass strips
I finished milling the channels of the three modules of the stratified oak wood modern light fixture
The channels of the solid oak wood light fixture
this is the way that the three modules of the stratified oak wood light fixture look like after we milled the channels for sticking the LED strips and the plexiglas strips
The modules of the wooden lamp after the channels are done
I milled a channel in the three modules made out of stratified oak wood to be able to stick the strip with LEDs and the Plexiglas strip
The channel in which the LEDs and the Plexiglas strip will be glued

For the rounded edges of the light fixture modules, we have drawn some semicircles to see which one best matches the roundness of the channel. We made several attempts with various round objects, but in the end we used a milling bit for hinges because it had the right diameter.

I drew the circles on the edges of the stratified oak wood modules in order to simplify the sanding process
Marking the rounded edges of the modules

First, we used the sliding circular saw to cut the surplus of wood, and then we used the band sander, with 60 grit sandpaper, to give them the shape, as quickly as possible. To do this, we fixed the band sander on a PAL board. So that, it was very easy to us to control the stratified oak wood planks. We sanded very quickly the edges of the stratified wood planks to the needed shape we have drawn.

we cut the edges of the wooden light fixture modules with the circular saw to simplify the rounding operation
Cutting the edges of the modules using the sliding circular saw
In order to simplify the sanding of the round edges of the light fixture modules we made repeated cuts with the sliding circular saw
The cuts with sliding circular saw
we sanded the rounded edges of the light fixture modules using the band sander fixed on a pal board
The rounded edges are sanded with the band sander

We filled the small imperfections of the wood with a knife putty and we sanded all the three modules of the lamp with 120 grit sandpaper. For the final finish we used the orbital sander for the wide sides, and the straight sander for the rounded edges. We manually rounded a little the sharped edges.

I used dark oak wood putty and open oak color wood putty to fill the knots and the various imperfections of the stratified oak wood used to build the 3 modules of the light fixture
Filling with wood putty the wood knots and other imperfections of the oak wood
the modules of the solid oak wood modern chandelier are ready to be protected the scratch-resistant polyurethane primer and varnish
The three modules of the light fixture are sanded and prepared for varnishing

At the end, we made another milling channel for the electric cables and we drill holes for passing the electrical cables that connect the LEDs strip with the electric cables from the ceiling.

I sanded the modules made out of stratified oak wood of the light fixture with 120 grit sandpaper
Sanding the wooden modules with 120 grit sandpaper

To hide the electric cables on the ceiling, we made a mask out of white painted MDF (fits the white paint on the ceiling) and wood (fits the oak wood light fixture). The wooden board has 6 holes for the electric cables and steel wires and another 4 holes for the screws with which it will be fixed on the ceiling.

I used a mask made out of oak wood and white painted MDF to hide the electrical cables from the ceiling
The oak wood piece needed to hide the electrical cables
the mask built out of white painted MDF and oak wood required to hide the electric cables and steel cables
The mask for hiding the electrical cables and the steel wires
we created a mask for hiding the electrical cables and the steel wires so that it can be mounted on a sloping ceiling
The element for hiding the cables was made so that it can be mounted on a sloping ceiling

And the final result:

this modern lamp made out of stratified oak wood is perfect for high ceilings
The wooden light fixture is perfect for tall rooms
due to the spectacular design, this wooden light fixture also has a decorative role in the design of the room
The oak wood light fixture also has a decorative role
this is how the stratified oak wood light fixture looks like with the lights on
The modern oak wood lamp with the lights on
the decorative light fixture made out of solid oak wood with a special and modern design that also has a decorative role in a high room
Solid oak wood and a spectacular design

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