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Pendant Lights / Repurposed Wood & Glass Insulators

4 Oct

Another set of pendant lights made of repurposed materials. We were given this primitive press of unknown origin about a year ago. It was a cool piece, but for the life of me, couldn’t find a use for it. It was probably a hundred years old, rough hewn legs and surface, and it had threaded wooden dowels and wing type handles. Very interesting but it’s footprint was too wide to use as any kind of side table, so we pushed it to the side until now. I was looking for a nice piece of antiqued hardwood to serve as a hanging structure for some pendant lights. I decided I’d put that thing to use finally. I tapped the legs out and removed those. Trimmed the dowels down so they weren’t so obtrusive. Drilled four holes through the wood to run the wiring for the insulator pendants and used some bronze flanges as inserts to class it up a bit. A couple pieces of 1/8″ x 3/4″ steel flat bar were added to accent the wood which was stained with a Kona stain and finished off with tung oil finish.

In these pics, it’s wired up to a lamp cord and hung for demonstration only. It’s designed to mount flush to the ceiling, or can be suspended from hooks as shown here. I’m in the process of building a short valance to cover the wiring above so it won’t be visible if hung. This is a one of a kind piece and would look great over a sink, island or bar.


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