Introduction

Building Blog Cabin 2014 takes an entire team, and this year we had the luxury of building a two-story boat house. Naturally, being an extension of the main structure meant lots of DIY projects, like this live oak inspired chandelier.

Step 1

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Make a Plan

In this case, Joel Moss of Yardcore wanted the dock chandelier to feel like it was part of the natural landscape, to almost have grown there. Sketch out your own unique version to plan for materials and construction methods.

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Make a Full Size Template

Transfer your sketch to a sheet of spare plywood. Don't be afraid to start over in order to get this perfect.

Step 3

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Cut the Round Rod

Start cutting the round rod into pieces long enough for each segment of the branches.

Step 4

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Bend Pieces Into Shape

Next, using clamps, vices, hammers (and heat if needed) slowly bend and trim each piece into shape.

Step 5

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Weld Branches Together

Using a MIG or flux core wire welder, weld each segment of the branch together. Use welding clamps as needed to hold pieces in place.

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Tweak Each Branch

Tweak each branch slightly after welding so that they are all unique.

Step 7

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Attach Branches to a Ring

Form the 3" 10ga strap to roughly 16" in diameter and then weld the end closed. Again using clamps, weld each branch equally spaced around the perimeter of the ring.

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Attach Crossbars and a Strap

Flip the chandelier over and weld in steel crossbars with 5/8" rods to reinforce the ring. Also weld a 24" piece of the 3" 10ga flat strap across to create a mounting surface.

Step 9

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Pick Your Leaf Pattern

Decide on the leaves. Because Blog Cabin is all about local, Joel and I had a lengthy discussion about the type of leaves. Originally the thought was to emulate a cypress tree since we were using stumps for the table base. However, we settled on yard inspiration with the numerous live oak trees.

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Trace the Leaves

Now, using a pencil or soap stone trace out the leaves on a piece of 16ga steel. Free hand it so each leaf is unique.

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Cut the Leaves

Using a plasma cutter start cutting out the leaves. Be sure to wear the same protective equipment you would while welding.

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Conserve Materials

Cut the rows of leaves as close together as you can to conserve materials.

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Finish Cutting the Leaves

Continue until all the leaves are cut out.

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Photo by: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Tony Flora/ AP Images, 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Weld and Spray

Next, weld on the leaves. We also sprayed the entire assembly with vinegar to force a patina and then clear coated it with spray polyurethane.

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Photo by: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Tony Flora/ AP Images, 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Mount the Fixture

With a little help from your friends, mount the chandelier to solid blocking, rafters, or trusses. Be careful as it is heavy and could have some sharp edges.

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Photo by: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Tony Flora/ AP Images, 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Attach With Bolts or Screws

Use (2) small lag bolts or large wood screws in each end of the mounting plate.

Step 17

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Photo by: Tony Flora/ AP Images ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Tony Flora/ AP Images, 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Finish the Look

Wrap Firefly LED filament down and around each branch. The 12v supply transformer can be mounted in the top of the ring. Have a licensed electrician run the branch circuit and hook everything up as the entire chandelier should be grounded.