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The DIY floating bedside table and lamp

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A lamp is fitted on a floating bedside table made of a wooden boards and copper sheets next to a bed with white sheets.
A floating bedside table made of glulam and copper sheets is a great way to save space
  • Difficulty
    medium
  • Costs
    < 50 £
  • Duration
    1-3 h

Introduction

Is the classic combination of a bedside cabinet and desk lamp too boring for you? Would you prefer a stylish, compact alternative? Then our floating bedside table and lamp could be just what you're looking for! What really sets it apart is the integrated retro light bulb that radiates mood lighting, which is reflected by the copper sheets. And the wooden shelf gives you some space to put your things. It's a winning combination.

What you need

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Additional items
  • ear protectors
  • set square
  • pencil
  • face mask
  • Square timber
  • protective goggles
  • work gloves
  • trowel
  • paintbrush
  • felt-tip pen
  • cartridge gun
  • Ruler
  • screw clamps
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Material list
  • 1 glulam board, e.g. made out of paulownia wood: approx. 80 x 20 x 1.8 cm (L x W x H)
  • 2 copper sheets: approx. 1,000 x 300 x 1.5 mm (L x W x H)
  • 2 keyhole fittings: 40 x 4.5 mm (L x D)
  • 4 screws: 16 x 3.5 mm (L x D)
  • 2 screws for wall mounting, e.g. 4 x 60 mm, plus matching wall anchors
  • Wood glue
  • All-purpose adhesive
  • Varnish, e.g. pale oak: 175 ml
  • Light bulb
  • Light bulb socket with cable and plug or switch
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter

Let's start - step by step

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Measure out the glulam boards and copper sheets for the floating bedside table

Someone measures out 35 cm on a wooden board placed on a workbench using a pencil and a folding ruler. A steel square is next to it.
Mark the required dimensions on the glulam board using a pencil, folding ruler and steel square
18.5 cm are measured out on a copper sheet using a steel square.
Mark the required dimensions on the copper sheet using a steel square and a marker pen

What you need: Ruler, set square, felt-tip pen

The wall fittings which will house the floating bedside lamp consist of two glulam boards and two copper sheets. They each need to be cut to size first. Before you do so, mark the dimensions on the large wooden board and the large sheet of copper using a folding ruler, a steel square and a pencil. The dimensions are the same for all four small pieces: 18.5 x 35 cm each.

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Cut the wooden board and the copper sheet to size

 A wooden board that has been secured using a screw clamp is cut to size using a cordless circular hand saw fitted with a dry vacuum cleaner. You can see a cordless circular hand saw fitted with a dry vacuum cleaner in the background
Make regular cuts across the width of each board on both sides and along the length of one side
A bevel cut is made at a 45-degree angle along a board using a PKS 18 LI cordless circular hand saw.
Make a bevel cut along the length of one side of each board. The saw blade cuts the board at an angle. Mark the remaining area to be cut as shown in this image
A copper sheet is cut to size using tin snips.
A copper sheet is cut using tin snips

What you need: cordless circular saw, screw clamps, work gloves, protective goggles, ear protectors

Now cut the wood for the floating bedside table. To do so, secure the large board against a stable surface using screw clamps. Don't forget to wear safety goggles and ear defenders.

Make a bevel cut – i.e. a cut at a 45-degree angle – along the length of one side of each glulam board using a cordless circular hand saw.

Cut both copper sheets using tin snips. You don't need to make a bevel cut when cutting the copper sheets.

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You can make a 45-degree bevel cut using a jigsaw or NanoBlade saw. You just need to be able to set the saw at an angle. If you need to avoid creating too much dust when cutting, it's advisable to use a dry vacuum cleaner.




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Mark and drill blind holes for keyhole fittings

A measurement is marked on a board using a steel square. There are two screws and the matching keyhole fitting next to it. The outline and position of the boreholes for another fitting are already marked on the glulam board.
Measure where you want to put the keyhole fittings using a folding ruler and a steel square. Use the fittings as a stencil to draw around
Three blind holes are drilled next to each other in a glulam board using a cordless combi drill. There are two screws and a matching fitting next to the board.
Use a Forstner drill bit to drill three blind holes into the areas you have marked for the keyhole fittings

What you need: cordless combi drill, pencil

To make sure the floating bedside table and lamp can be mounted on the wall, it needs two fittings. And we've gone for keyhole fittings. These fittings are easy to identify by their keyhole-shaped notch and the two screw holes on either side of it.

Turn one of the boards around so the back of the board is face up – this is the longer side. The bevel cut should be facing downwards or more towards you.

Use measuring tape and a pencil to mark the positions for both boreholes: shown 4 cm away from the side edge and 3 cm away from the top edge. Draw a line on each side using a steel square – this is where the centre of the fittings will go. You can use a fitting as a stencil to mark where to drill.

To ensure both keyhole fittings fit seamlessly against the board and don't stick out, drill three blind holes in the areas you have marked. Use a cordless combi drill fitted with a Forstner drill bit.

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Drill a hole for the lamp

A glulam board is marked using a folding ruler and a pencil.
Measure out the hole where the retro lamp will be fitted using a folding ruler and mark the centre using a pencil
A wooden board is secured against a workbench using screw clamps. A hole is pre-drilled and a hole cutter is fitted on a cordless combi drill.
After drilling the hole, it's time to use the hole cutter

What you need: cordless combi drill, screw clamps, pencil, Ruler, protective goggles

Next, mark the spot on the bottom of the bedside table where the DIY bedside lamp will sit. Secure the glulam board using screw clamps and drill a hole. Then use the multi-purpose hole cutter to drill all the way through the glulam board. Make sure you're wearing safety goggles while you do this.

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Sand down the edges and surfaces of your floating bedside table

The surface of a glulam board is sanded down using a multi-sander and suitable sanding paper.
To make the board smooth and to prepare the wood for varnishing, thoroughly sand down all the surfaces

Now sand down both glulam boards. Make sure you sand down all the areas that have been cut as well as the edges and surfaces.

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Glue the wooden boards and let them dry

Two glulam boards lie on a workbench and are stuck together using sticky tape
You can hold both glulam boards together using sticky tape
A man applies wood glue to the bevel-cut sides of two glulam boards that are placed next to each other
The two glulam boards are stuck together using wood glue
A man folds the two glulam boards together along the bevel-cut edges, where wood glue has been applied.
Thanks to the sticky tape, both glulam boards don't slip – even when they are folded together
A man secures the freshly glued pieces of wood in place using some sticky tape
You can secure the pieces of wood using more sticky tape

What you need: wood glue

Lay down both glulam boards on the table so that their bevel-cut edges are facing each other, and ensuring the back of each board is facing upwards. Secure the boards in place using clear sticky tape. This helps the glue to hold and means you don't need to use screws. Apply wood glue to the seam and fold both glulam boards carefully together. Use more strips of sticky tape to hold the bedside table in place. Let it dry thoroughly, after checking the wood glue packaging to see how long it will take.

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Varnish the wooden boards

Varnish is applied to the wooden boards of a floating bedside table using a paintbrush.
Apply an even coat of varnish to all surfaces of the glued wooden boards

What you need: paint brush, varnish, floor covering or cardboard

Protect the area where you're working by laying down floor covering or cardboard. Apply the varnish evenly to all surfaces using a paintbrush.

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Screw the keyhole fittings into the back of the boards

Two keyhole fittings are screwed into the back of the wooden board using a PSB-18 LI 2.
Attach the keyhole fittings to the back of the wooden board using a cordless combi drill.

What you need: cordless combi drill, keyhole fittings, 4 screws: 16 x 3.5 mm (L x D)

Attach both keyhole fittings to the back of the wooden board using 4 screws. There are two things to consider: make sure the keyhole-shaped notch is upside down and ensure you leave a little gap between the fitting and the surface of the wood. Why? This is to make sure the screws can be threaded through the fittings when the table is mounted on the wall.

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Attach the copper sheets and secure the workpiece to let it dry

A man uses a cartridge gun to apply all-purpose adhesive to the edge of a wooden board.
A cartridge gun will help you to apply the all-purpose adhesive accurately
Adhesive is spread along the edge of a glulam board using a trowel.
The adhesive can be spread cleanly and easily using a trowel
A man sticks a copper sheet onto the wooden boards
Place the second copper sheet carefully on the edge which has been coated with adhesive
The work-in-progress floating bedside table lies on a cardboard box. The two pieces of square timber are held in place using two rubber bands to stablise the bedside table.
Pieces of square timber and rubber bands hold the bedside table together while it dries

What you need: cartridge gun, trowel, Square timber, rubber band, cardboard

First, stick one of the two copper sheets to the top edge of one of the wooden boards using all-purpose adhesive. Apply adhesive evenly to the flat surface of the same wooden board and spread it using a trowel. Place the second copper sheet carefully on the surface that you have just coated with adhesive.

To ensure the table dries out properly and the adhesive can harden, lay it down on its back on some cardboard and hold it in place using two pieces of square timber and rubber bands. Make sure the rubber bands are wound tightly around the pieces of timber. Now you can take some time out for a nap or a tea break.

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Mount the bedside table

A man holds up a detection device against a white wall. It gives the green light to go ahead.
You can identify water pipes and power cables in the wall using a detection device, by slowly moving the device across the wall
A man bores a hole in a white wall using a cordless combi drill
Drill a hole in the wall, applying an even amount of pressure
A screw is inserted into a wall anchor that has been placed in a white wall using a cordless combi drill.
Insert the screws into wall anchors which have been placed in the wall, letting the heads protrude a little bit

What you need: cordless combi drill, wood drill bit, detection device, wall anchors and matching screws

To ensure you don't end up drilling through any water pipes or power cables, use a detection device to check the area where you want to mount your floating bedside table.

Find out how to use a detection device correctly here: how to drill without any nasty surprises!

Mark out where you want to drill both holes to mount the bedside table, then bore the holes and insert wall anchors. Finally, insert the screws into the wall anchors but let the screw heads protrude from the wall by around a centimetre. Finally, mount your copper and wooden beside table on the wall.

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Add a retro light bulb and thread it through

A man threads a retro light bulb connected to a cable through the gap in the floating bedside table
You're almost there: adding a retro light bulb will turn your shelf into a floating bedside table
A floating bedside table made of glulam and copper is mounted on a wall next to a bed with a wooden frame. A wall hanging can be seen in the background.
And now you're done! The floating bedside table fitted with a retro lamp gives the room a vintage feel

What you need: light bulb, light bulb socket with cable and plug or switch

You're almost done now. Put a light bulb into the light bulb socket and thread the bulb including the plug through the gap in the wooden board. Et voilà! Your floating bedside table and lamp are complete.


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Bosch does not accept any responsibility for the instructions stored here. Bosch would also like to point out that you follow these instructions at your own risk. For your own safety, please take all the necessary precautions.