How to Make a Birch Table Lamp

Dan Faires shares instructions on how to make a table lamp using a birch wood log.

Danmade: Birch Table Lamp 03:55

Dan makes a rustic, modern table lamp out of a sliced birch log.
Birch Wood Table Lamp

Birch Wood Table Lamp



Materials and Tools:

  • birch log, approximately 3" wide and 1' tall
  • tape measure
  • table saw
  • wood glue
  • polyurethane
  • lamp components
  • lampshade
  • light bulb
  • goggles
  • drill with 1/2" diameter and 1" diameter bits
  • palm sander with 220-grit paper
  • polyurethane
  • black spray paint
  • mask


Cut the birch log into 2-inch slivers using a table saw.

Birch Wood Table Lamp

Birch Wood Table Lamp

Drill a hole through the center of the birch slices using a 1/2-inch diameter bit. Don't worry about drilling exactly in the center. This will accentuate the staggered look of the log pieces.

Birch Wood Table Lamp

Birch Wood Table Lamp

Boar out a larger hole in the bottom slice using a 1-inch diameter bit. Drill a 1/2-inch diameter hole into the side of the bottom slice.

Sand the tops and bottoms of all wood slices using 220-grit paper. Apply polyurethane to the outer edges of the wood slices, and apply black spray paint to all lamp components. 

Birch Wood Table Lamp

Birch Wood Table Lamp

Run the rod through the hole, and stack all of the birch slices to make sure everything fits. Unstack slices, apply wood glue and restack the slices.

Apply a nut to the top of the rod to hold everything together, and run the wire through the center of the rod.

Birch Wood Table Lamp

Birch Wood Table Lamp

Add the remaining lamp components to the top of the log stack by following instructions on lamp kit. Screw in a light bulb, and attach the lampshade. 

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