Posts Tagged ‘recycle’

Lamp with Wine Bottle Shade

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Wine Bottle Lamp

I’ve been trying to perfect wine bottle cutting, so I could use the glass tube for a lamp shade. Finally got some good results. I turned pieces of a wooden pallet (maple I think) found on 89th St, for the base and cap. The lamp socket comes from a junked floor lamp (also found on 89th St). White wine gives more light, but I’ll probably go red next time for more mood.

Wine Bottle Lamp   Wine Bottle Lamp

Cardboard Tube Nunchucks

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

Cardboard Tube Nunchucks

I have always wanted nunchucks (or nunchaku), but I would probably hurt myself seriously if I had the real deal. So I made some using paper towel tubes and some rubber coated caps. Not exactly a perfect example of green design, but it might come in handy for this.

Some pics below of the build process.

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Umbrella Breakdown

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Umbrella Breakdown

Had some major rain in the city this week and went through a lot of cheap umbrellas. You can actually scavenge a lot of useful parts from these things.

- 4 different types of springs
- telescoping tubes
- black nylon (it can be used in some interesting ways)
- 1 metal ring
- a very bizarre 8 legged armature (oh the possibilities)


Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Just about every week, someone on my block throws out one of those ugly floor lamps. You know, that lamp you owned in college.

Floor Lamps - taken apart   Floor Lamps - taken apart

I’ve saved some from the dump from time to time (always making sure the neighborhood dogs haven’t gotten to them first), they’re great for parts. I’ve used the cords, sockets, and switches for some of the lamps I’ve built. But I have a lot of pipes from the base lying around.

So I cut some down, capped them with some turned pieces of scrap, and now I have this canister. But until I find a treasure map or need to deliver the antidote to a deadly nerve toxin, I have nothing to put in it.


Canister    Canister

Look Ma, I’m famous

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Gift Box from Cereal Box

So this simple box project I posted has been making the rounds lately (here and here, for example). And I have to say, I was thinking pretty highly of myself for a bit there. That is until I read some of the comments:

Thanks Pizza_Guy, I needed to be taken down a peg.