Stacked-Books Table Lamp
Upcycle old books by turning them into a one-of-a-kind lamp.
- old hardcover books, about 8
- lamp kit
- lamp shade
- spray paint
- 1/2" drill bit
- razor blade or box cutter
- 1-1/4" screws
- 2" screws
Spray paint lamp fittings to desired color, and allow it to dry.
Stack and arrange the old hardcover books. Place the lamp's threaded rod next to book stack and make sure there is one inch of clearance on the top for the remaining lamp assembly.
Drill Into Base Book
Clamp down the bottom book to the table, and using a half-inch drill bit, drill a hole in the center of the book about halfway down.
Create a Channel
Open the base book. Using a razor blade or box cutter, cut a channel where the electrical cord will be placed. Make sure it matches the width and thickness of the cord.
Use the washer and lock nut from the lamp kit to attach the threaded rod to the base book. Close the book and tighten down the top lock nut.
Slide in Wire and Secure Base
Entering from the bottom, slide the electrical wire through the threaded rod. Leave 1-1/2 to two inches of electrical wire at the top of the threaded rod so you can attach the lamp parts. Drill 1-1/4-inch screws to secure the book to itself. Use four to six screws, making sure to avoid the electrical wire.
Attach the Rest of the Books
Clamp down and use the half-inch drill bit to drill a hole in the center of each book. Slide the books, one by one, through the threaded rod, drilling four 2-inch screws to secure each book to the book beneath it.
Secure Top Book
On the top book, open the cover, and secure it with four 2-inch screws.
Assemble Kit and Attach Shade
Assemble the lamp kit parts, according to the manufacturer's instructions. Attach the lamp shade.