Published on October 24th, 2013 | by Elizabeth


Hackers Help: Make tertial work lamp into floor lamp?


I have a lot of Tertial work lamps left over from graduate school days that I would like to make into floor lamps. You can buy a base for drafting lamps for about $90, but I am looking for a cheaper option as I would like to make several. Thought about using light stands but not sure how to connect the lamp to the stand. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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10 Responses to Hackers Help: Make tertial work lamp into floor lamp?

  1. Joelle says:

    Your inspiration seems to me to look a lot like the bottom of an old office chair. I suggest that if you want to save money go to sites that offer second-hand goods (ebay, Kijiji or government surplus) and find old office chairs cheap. If you can find the old ones from the ’70′s they’d be best as they are metal and have threaded rods for adjusting the height. A simple bit of plumbing pipes or threaded rod and some paint and you could exactly duplicate your inspiration.

  2. Jo says:

    How about the base of a free-standing floor fan? You may be able to recycle and reuse some old fans.

  3. Depending on the diameter of the base stand and the thickness of the plastic of the lamp base, you can drill and thread. Using a threading kit found at most hardware stores (got mine for 15 to 20 USD) and a drill (with proper size bit), Thread the outer “tube” of the stand, drill a slightly smaller hole into the adjustable lamp plastic base. Screw in place. Drill and thread screws from the side as needed to secure (if unstable.)

    Just a guess without having the parts in front of me.

  4. Rolf Nild says:

    use the undercarriage of a svartå laptop table

  5. Dan Nolte says:

    A shorter version of the hatstand from a LACK table that I had on the site a few days back might do the trick, and LACK tables are pretty cheap.

  6. jo kuhl says:

    I remodeled a tired brass floor lamp into a Terial floor lamp. The upper pole, shade, and electrical bits were recycled. The base is only about a foot wide and I added a couple of weight lifting plates to keep it vertical when Tertial is extended. Sprayed the lower pole, base, and plates to match Tertial. It works great.

  7. Don says:

    You could look at the speaker stand idea from a few days ago. An adjustable IKEA table leg, inverted and fixed to a heavy plate might satisfy your need.

  8. Heidi Heidi says:

    Definitely try light stands. There are very inexpensive ones on ebay and you can find hardware at a good independent hardware store to mount this to the top of the stand. It’s like finding a needle in a haystack, but I just successfully found 80 cent screw like thingy to mount my backdrop to my light stand. (Usually a $15 piece). Good luck!

  9. dave says:

    Make your base from circles of plywood (several piled up to make a thicker cylinder of wood). Select a galvanized or black pipe from the hardware store just larger than the diameter of the bottom of the lamp arm. Connect that pipe to the wood cylinder with a pipe flange, and insert the lamp arm into the top of the pipe.

    For a base you could also use concrete, and insert the pipe directly into it before it dries.

  10. Janou says:

    Maybe a sewing dummy or christmas tree stand and a bit of timber would work.

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