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DIY Outdoor Chandelier

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Sarah Milne

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Sarah Milne

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This chandelier is made from two sheets of 31×31″ 3/4 plywood, and requires two carves. One 1/2" straight cut bit only is used in the interest of shortening carve time.

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Birch Plywood

Birch Plywood (×2)

Thickness: 1/2 in, Dimensions: 8 in × 12 in

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Step 6

60 minutes

Glue the two sides together and clamp for a while. Then sand the outside and inside of the circle so it’s all even. 


Step 7

Apply edge banding, if desired. 


Step 8

30 minutes

Flip it over and paint the bottom and sides. Allow to dry, then flip back to the other side and paint.


Step 9

15 minutes

Attach the chains using chains. screw hooks. and the O’ Ring. All it is is four screw hooks equally spaced (I have six light holes between each), then two 5’ lengths of chain attached diagonally. I brought the points together at the top evenly, then used an O-Ring to hold them together and hang the whole thing from a screw hook in my pergola. I’ve linked everything so you can see what sizes I used.


Step 10

5 minutes

Screw in the lights. 


Step 11

5 minutes

Hang in your outdoor space, then chill and enjoy the ambiance.


Step 1

5 minutes

Cut two pieces of 3/4" finished plywood to 31×31″. This is the maximum size that can fit on the 1000mm X-Carve machine. At least, to fit within the clamping space easily. You will carve the two sides of the chandelier one at a time. I used a 1/2" straight cut bit in the interest of shortening the carve time. The outer and inner circles are set to carve only 1/2" depth, and then be finished with band saw or jig saw. This was both because of the length of the bit and to avoid having to change the bit mid carve, again in the interests of time. 


Step 2

190 minutes

Using Easel file, cut the two sides. The file is the same for both sides. I found it easiest to carve it this way and drill the light holes later, rather than creating them in Easel,but you can add those in if you prefer. 


Step 3

5 minutes

Drill 24 3/8" holes with forstner bit. I found it easiest to drill these by hand, but you could also have the CNC do it. 


Step 4

10 minutes

Cut out the outside and inside of the circles. I used a bandsaw for the outside edges and a jig saw for the middle.


Step 5

20 minutes

Drill 24 3/8" holes around one side with a forstner bit. Just eyeball them as evenly spaced as possible. Alternately, you can have the X-Carve make these. I found that it was a simple matter to drill them (actually, I switched lights – see below – and had to add more.) I do like that it shortens the carve time, though.

Lay the cord and lights into one side, poking the lights through the holes you drilled. (With the bulbs off so they will fit through.) I used tape to hold everything together. Just do whatever gets them in. Carve a small channel where the electrical cord from the lights will lay. You only need to do this on one side of the circle.