You can take an old pallet and turn it into anything, like a repurposed pallet light. I love to use pallets and I love to make lights, so why not make a pallet light.
We had some leftover pallet scrap pieces and decided to build a Craftsman Style Hanging light. This is a simple project that can be completed in a few hours to add character and light to any room of your home.
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Pallet wood or wood of your choice – Black Stain by Minwax – 2 oz. jar of Americana Décor Chalky Finish Paint in Yester Year – Wood Glue by Gorilla Glue – Ryobi AirStrike Nailer – Ryobi Drill – size “Z” .413 drill bit – Phillips screwdriver, Swag Light Kit – Light Socket – Lamp Nipples – Cree Light Bulb
Step 1: Cutting the wood
Start by cutting and preparing all the wood pieces. You will need one (1) piece to measure 1 ½ inches wide by 11 ½ inches long, eight (8) pieces to measure 1 ½ inches wide by 11 inches long and twenty (20) pieces to measure 1 ½ inches wide by 18 inches long. After all, pieces have been cut, take the one (1) 11 ½ inch long piece of wood and drill a .413 hole in the center using the size “Z” bit and Ryobi Drill.
Stain all sides of wood pieces and let dry completely. Using a dry brush technique, paint all stained wood pieces on all sides and be sure to paint the ends.
Step 3 Assembling the frames
Assemble both square support frames of the light fixture by using the eight (8) pieces of 11-inch long wood, the one (1) 11 1 ½ long wood piece, wood glue and Airstrike nailer. Place four (4) pieces from end to “next” as shown in the photo. Glue the end and nail thru the next piece into the end forming a square.
Step 4: Completing the sides of the light.
Glue and nail the twenty (20) 18-inch wood slats on the outside of frames starting in the center of each side, then the corners and then centering the remaining pieces between the center and the corners. The frames should be approximately three inches from each end of the 18-inch pieces of wood and there should be approximately one inch between the slats.
Step 5: Assembling the light kit.
Attach the light. First, open the end ring of the chain provided with the light kit and insert the threaded top ring piece. Next, thread the wire through the chain allowing enough wire at the end to pass through the top ring piece, threaded nipple, 11 ½ inch wood piece to the light socket as shown. Thread top ring piece on nipple provided in the light kit and insert nipple through the hole in the 11 ½ inch piece of wood at the center of the top frame. Next, attach the wires to the socket and screw the socket on the nipple to complete the light assembly.
Next, attach the 11 ½ piece of wood on one of the frames in the center by gluing then nailing the ends on the underside of the frame. This will be the top frame and support the light as it hangs. Such a simple way to repurpose pallet wood and make a statement lighting piece.
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