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Vintage Surveyor Wood Tripod Floor Lamp

Wooden tripod lamp

DIY floorlamp from a vintage wooden tripod
This summer I made a trip out to my parents house and I spent a little time going through their basement.  My dad always has new and interesting treasures that he finds at flea markets and junk shops. 

Over in one corner I found this filthy wooden tripod, originally used for surveying.  I knew immediately that I wanted to turn it into a lamp so I packed it up and brought it back home with me.  (I stuck it in my suitcase.. I wonder what the TSA thought!) 

Repurposed wooden tripod

I have wanted one of these tripod lamps for-EVER.. since seeing them in the Pottery Barn catalog. 

tripod cherry floor lamp

My version looks pretty darn close! 

Vintage wooden tripod lamp

If you aren’t lucky enough to find an authentic vintage tripod, you can actually buy wooden tripod reproductions on Amazon for about $50.

DIY vintage wooden tripod lamp

Of course, they won’t come with the patina (or cobwebs) that are found on the authentic deal found in your dad’s basement but they are still cheaper than a $470 floor lamp. 

Vintage surveyors tripod

To turn this beauty into a light, it is pretty straight forward.  You just need a make-a-lamp kit and a lampshade.  (You could buy the rewiring supplies individually but the kit makes it easy.) DIY Make a lamp kit

I removed the center threaded washer from the tripod and added a threaded rod though (I used a longer one than the one that came with the kit, because the original was too short.. I secured the rod to the washer using a pair of nuts.  Replacement parts for rewiring lamp

I replaced the washer into the tripod and made sure the threaded rod was high enough to support the new light. Adding hardware to vintage tripod floor lampI added the light kitAdding light fixture to vintage wooden tripodAnd then attached the wires. Rewiring floor lampDIY rewired lamp from tripodFinally I added the shade and it was time to test It out! Adding shade to rewired lampWooden tripod lampIt worked greatDIY tripod lamp


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