When it comes to DIY projects, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” are words to live by.
Case in point, the designs of JackmanWorks. This busy craftsman has his own work studio filled with many of his projects and creations, and it just so happens to be located next to a glassblowing studio. Our designer isn’t above digging through the dumpster to find shards of colored glass to aid in his creativity.
And taking that DIY motto to heart, JacksmanWorks is able to use glassy remains to make some pretty unbelievable projects. Just recently, he turned some pieces he found in the trash into epic table lamps.
First, our builder cut down an old sawhorse he had previously built to serve as the base for the lamps.
Wanting to achieve a stacked plywood look, he glued each cut of wood together.
With everything glued into place, he clamped them tightly to help seal up the glue and ensure a speedy drying time.
After cutting each lamp base down to size, he smoothed them out with a sander.
To accommodate the mason jars, he cut a circular space in each base where the jars would sit.
He also added holes for the wiring.
While he was at it, he added a hole for the toggle switch as well.
With all the holes cut out, he decided the bases could use a bit of finish.
To prevent the mason jars from moving, he glued the lid rings into place.
To help the light pass through the lamp, he cut a hole inside the jar lid.
He then made a channel for the wire out of an acrylic tube.
With the tube in place, he began filling the jars with the colorful shards.
After that, he reattached the lids.
Next up was the electrical component.
He initially decided on a worklight system but found that the lamp was becoming way too warm.
To solve the problem, he went back to the drawing board and decided that an LED strip would be a better solution.
Thankfully, the new lighting system didn't involve much tweaking to his previous design, so all that was left was to hide the lighting mechanism using a sheet of aluminum.
And then there was light!