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Barilla (Slat) Hanging Lamp

This attractive, casual hanging lamp is perfect for an informal setting and can be made easily with scrap lumber and purchased lamp parts. Knotty pine or cedar lends a rustic appearance, or you can use other woods to match your decor. This one was left natural but you can also paint or stain it. It would be best to apply finish with a spray can because of all the hard to reach areas.

 List of Materials

Approximately three board feet of ¾” thick wood cut as follows:

Additional materials needed as listed below:

      Fast-drying glue

      1” brads and #4 finish nails

      3/8” brass nipple and 3/8” brass nut

      Lamp socket

      15’ of white or black lamp cord with line switch and plug

      2 swag hooks

      Small globe light bulb - frosted or clear 40 watt

If you prefer a chain, substitute a swag kit for the lamp cord and swag hooks. This kit will contain a lamp cord, switch, plug, chain, and 2 swag hooks.


8 Pieces

 3/4" X 3/4" X 8"

Double Mitered


1 Piece

3/4" X 2" X 6 1/2"



48 Pieces

1/4" X 1/4" X 12"

1  Square

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Install swag hooks and knot cord loosely at proper lengths to form loops for hanging on the hooks (or thread cord through chain if using swag kit). Position and attach line switch.


Using a table saw, cut and rip wood to sizes shown above. These are all small and narrow pieces that pose some danger when ripping. I suggest you create some simple jigs that will assist you to rip the narrow pieces without placing your fingers too close to the table saw blade.

Mitre both ends of each 3/4” X 3/4” frame member. Here again care should be taken when mitering these small pieces. A moment of carelessness can cause a serious injury.


Assemble frame members to form two 8” X 8” squares, securing with glue and brads.

Drill 3/8” hole in exact center of the 2” side of the crosspiece. Place the crosspiece across the inside center of one square. Fasten  the crosspiece with two #4 finish nails on each side to form the top frame.

Place the two squares exactly 8” apart and nail two pieces of scrap wood to the inside of the frame to form a temporary brace. (Extra slats may be used for the brace.) Lay frame on its side and arrange 12 slats from top to bottom to extend 1” past top frame and 1 1/2” past bottom frame, alternating slats in upright and flat positions, as shown in illustration. Space evenly, making sure that the first and the last slats are in the upright position.

Removing one slat at a time, apply glue sparingly and press slat lightly back into place on the frame. Continue until all slats on one side are glued into place. Allow glue to dry (10 to 30 minutes) and Repeat this procedure for each of the remaining three sides. Remove the temporary braces.

Electrical Connections

Screw 3/8” brass nipple into lamp socket. From inside of lamp, pass brass nipple through hole in crosspiece and secure from the top with the brass nut. Thread the lamp cord through the brass nipple from the top of the lamp to the inside. Separate the two wires of the lamp cord to approximately 2” from the end and tie them together to form a single knot. Strip the ends of each wire and connect to the lamp socket. Reassemble the lamp socket and insert globe light bulb.

A WORD OF CAUTION: Ripping wood into narrow pieces with a table saw introduces the need for special safety measures.

Keep fingers away from the blade by using a push stick to guide the wood past the blade. The slats should be pushed all the way past the blade. Releasing the pressure before the wood clears the blade can cause a slat to shoot back with great force, injuring you or a bystander. A sharp blade is essential to safe cutting; a carbide-tipped blade is preferable.

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