Published on February 13th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


A TERTIAL chandelier

Materials: IKEA Tertial lamp, black MDF, table leg, steel wire & wireclamps, nuts & bolts TOOLS: Drill, Screwdrivers, Jigsaw

Description: Dear IKEA – Inspired by Ingo Mauers “Dear Ingo” I wanted to make a cool, modern looking chandelier that didn’t have to be expensive. So I did – Out of IKEA Tertial lamps a Table leg and some black MDF plates. (edited 15 Feb 2013)

1. Start with the shopping, it actually takes longer than I expected. Primarily due to the fact that I didn’t really know where I would end up, when I started.

You will need the following materials:
- A sheet of black MDF or basic plywood 400x1200mm, 16mm thickness, (you can choose to paint it afterwards)
- A table leg apx. 700mm long Ø25-30
- 12 IKEA Tertial Lamps
- Wood glue
- Various screws
- 1.5m steel wire + 2 wireclamps (for safety reasons)
- 1x M8 bolt 30mm
- Eye nut M8
- 1x M6 Eye bolt and 2x nuts and 2x washers
- 5x dual wire-terminals
- A car (To go and get the things you didn’t know you needed)

And these tools:
- Jigsaw
- Drill (Ø3, Ø8, Ø13)
- Screwdrivers
- Sand paper (Or belt sander)

2. Cut out the MDF/plywood in three ؘ360mm plates. Draw lines on one of the plates where the lamps have to go – the drawing should look like a watch with 12 marks. Draw the lines through the center in 30 deg increments.


3. Draw another circle Ø300 – The holes for the lamps should be drilled where this circle intersects the 12 lines. Draw a final circle Ø240 which marks the part in the middle which has to be cut out so you get a ring. Glue and screw two of the plates together so you have one plate that’s 400 by 400mm and 32mm thick. (Make sure the screws doesn’t interfere with the holes for the lamps). Cut out the plates.

4. Drill 12 holes in the 32mm ring where the lamps have to go. Afterwards glue and screw the ring on the last circular plate forming the base of the lamp.

5. Drill a small hole in the center (ؘ6). This is where the eye bolt will be mounted for safety reasons. Drill holes in the table leg for the electrical wire and the safety wire. See images for details.

6. Pull the safety wire and the electrical wire through the table leg, and mount the table leg on the base. (I’ve glued and screwed a small circular piece of MDF in the middle of the base to have more material to screw the table leg into)

7. Depending on the type of table leg you use, there are different ways of mounting the eye bolt in the top. (I’ve chosen to mount it on the plastic part and to secure it with rivets)

8. Before mounting the lamps in the base, cut the wires in the desired length and strip the wires. Mount the lamps afterwards. Set up the wires in the terminals – 3 lamps for 1 terminal. See picture.

9. Mount the lamp and light it up

~ Thomas Broen, Aalborg, Denmark

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11 Responses to A TERTIAL chandelier

  1. eran says:

    Thanks for this it has been a great guide and inspiration, I eventually used a pot top cover for the base circle and attached the original base holders. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153505285333913&set=a.95056133912.78882.786673912&type=1&theater

    thanks again eran

  2. Francoise says:

    One word: Awesome!

  3. Anonymous says:

    When was the fire?

  4. Laurel says:

    I love the design this makes on the ceiling when lit, very inspiring. I posted a link to this in my blog.

  5. Alok says:

    I’d like to see the clock hack. It looks great.

  6. Thomas Broen says:

    @Anonymous #2 With the amount of light coming from the lamp you need a very good looking ceiling – because you will see everything.

    And yes. I also made the clock myself. I’ll post that hack later. It’s extremely simple. 4 IKEA Lack tables screwed together using flat brackets and a clock mounted in the middle.

  7. Ronanry says:

    Am I the only who think about this : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UBPcqjph28 when I saw it?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Really clever idea! Wonder how it would look with the lamps ‘upside down’ with the light bouncing off the ceiling? Also like your clock! Did you make that, too?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Good Job, awesome!

  10. Jerry J says:

    That is awesome!!! Definitely going to have to try it!

  11. Wow, that’s really a great chandelier!!!!

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