Published on May 25th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Ancient lamp hack

Materials: Januari, Ancient beam

Description: I’ve been browsing through IKEA HACKERS a lot lately, because I moved into a new apartment. One idea caught my eye and I decided to try this for my own apartment.

I found a ancient oak beam from the house which was build at the spot where my parent’s house is located right now. It was build in the 17th century. The small piece of that oak beam was laying around at our attic.

I sanded the beam to get all the dust and dirt off. Then I cut the beam into three segments of different lengths. I took a drill and drilled through the middle of the beam, so that you can pull a cable through.

I unscrewed the Januari apart and attached a new longer cable to the lamp. I modified/shortened the metal pipe and pushed it into the drilled hole. I attached the bottom part under the lowest piece of the oak beam and voila, the lamp is done!

~ Joachim, Würzburg, Germany

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

8 Responses to Ancient lamp hack

  1. mydecoreview says:

    You can get the beam polished to get a better finish.

    • Joachim says:

      Yes, I thought about it as well. But I actually like the rough-and-used-look as a contrast to my other furniture.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hello termites and pests, welcome to (y)our new home…

  3. Anonymous says:

    Struwwelpeter FTW.

  4. jo says:

    i think it looks more original than the hack you took your inspiration from. or maybe it’s more balanced.
    and, by the way, the link is uncorrect

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