You can create a stylish lamp for approximately $25 by following the video tutorial below. This is a unique project that I’m willing to bet nobody else you know will have at their place. Similar quality copper led desk lamps on etsy are selling for anywhere from $100-$150 depending on the seller. You can find similar examples on Etsy here and here.
Most of these materials can be sourced relatively inexpensively at your local big box hardware store or via Amazon.com. If you use Amazon.com I would recommend learning more about Amazon Prime free shipping and a plethora of other benefits that they offer. You can try it free for 30 days, then after that it costs about $8 for free shipping on select items, free movies, free music, and a ton of other benefits. I currently use Amazon Prime and think it’s worth the money.
Back to the project, here’s a list of the materials used and after researching, these are the best prices I could find for each of the materials. The only thing I couldn’t find a reasonable price on was the Walnut block. Since the goal of this site is to create a sweet pad on a budget, I would suggest using a lower quality lumber and possibly using scrap wood that you could then layer and attach with wood glue to create a thicker board. This will be a much cheaper alternative than an actual Walnut block.
Heavy Duty Switch – $2.09
Copper 90 Degree Elbow – $0.25 Each (2 needed)
Lamp Electrical Set – $8.99
Copper Pipe (1/2 Inch) – $3.82 per 2 foot section.
Copper Wire – $.10 per foot.
Lumber – With walnut being so expensive, consider using two 2×4 scraps 8″ long glued together as a cheaper alternative. Otherwise you could use a cheaper alternative like Poplar, here’s a link to a board you could get for about $5.
Leather Trim Piece for Shade – $6.75
Wood Stain – Head over to your local used building supply store, in my area there is the Restore run by habitat for humanity, and pick up some stain for about $2.
Actual Project Material Cost – Roughly $25 (depending on the lumber you choose)