BUY vs DIY – Recreating a Wood & LED Lamp

BUY vs DIY – Recreating a Wood & LED Lamp

KATELYN: As makers, we often see something
we want to buy, but stop ourselves because we think we can make it. EVAN: Ooh look at this. We can make that. Ooh look at this. We can make that. Hey Katelyn,
there’s a new Tesla. KATELYN: We can make that. Well today we’re actually
gonna be following through and making this thing
we found on Amazon. A lamp! The design kind of reminded
us of these wood hexagon candle holders that
we made a while back. And it would be an opportunity
to use some RGB LEDs, which we have become
obsessed with. Now you might be thinking
it would be easier and potentially cheaper
to buy it on Amazon, where we found it. And we’re gonna
be doing that too. We’re gonna buy it, and then
at the very end of the video we will be comparing the
purchased and the made product and see if it was worth
the time and effort. This is logical human behavior. Very logical. Okay, so we have
all of the pieces we need to start building and we were trying to like step up the quality
for our remake. We’re gonna make like
a, a gourmet one. We watch too much
Claire on “Bon Appetit”. (laughs) Yeah,
we’re trying to make the fancier version of the
one that we found online. Is this Maker Makes? Instead of Gourmet Makes. Anyways. (Evan laughs) We went the extra mile
and we got some quality solid wood. This is Red Oak. Where online it looks like
its like a project panel, where its glued
up pieces of wood. And the for the lights
the one online is just a white light LED. So we got some RGB
color-changing LEDs, because again, we’re
obsessed with them. Ooh and were gonna make it a
little bit longer and taller. Just so we can like beat it
in at least one dimension. Is that a dimension
we’re measuring? Like price. How does it look? Height. How tall is it? (Evan laughs) (mellow music) Okay, so now that
our pieces cut, the only sort of tricky
part about this project is that the top-down of
the light looks like this. So it’s like a funky
house with a tunnel to an underground mine. (Evan laughs) That maybe has diamond in it. So the good news is
because this doesn’t connect fully, we don’t
have to be as precise about our angles. The bad news is, every
one one of these pieces is a little different. So were gonna get
the table saw set up. Do some straight cuts,
do some angle cuts. And hopefully it should
go together like this. (upbeat music) Lets see if we did that right. Yes, its always kind of
nerve wracking cutting angles because there’s so
much room for error. Its like your math
could be wrong. Your pencil marks
could be wrong. The blade could be
not angled correctly. There we go. This is supposed to
be on the outside. Oh. There you go. Is it beautiful? Does it look
beautiful to you guys? How are we gonna clamp this up? Oh we’re gonna blue tape it? Blue tape it. Oh fine, things are satisfying. Yeah. Now, in the past
when we’ve done tape we’ve been able to tape it
all the way in a circle. This might be a
little bit interesting because we can’t do that. Oh yeah. Okay, so we taped this
all together and its looking like we can put it all together with tape. We’ll do it a little bit
better than we did here. This is just a prototype. But one thing I noticed it would be a lot easier
to add this slash. KATELYN: Oh my gosh, we
almost forgot to do the slash. Yeah, we were supposed
to do a slash here. KATELYN: Oh my gosh! To like let the light
out and everything. KATELYN: Oh! And its gonna be
a lot harder if we do the glue up and
then try to cut it. So lets take this apart. Do that angled cut and
then let’s assemble everything with tape and glue. Yes, yeah. Proper order of things. Phew. Okay, so you can buy angled jigs to make cuts like
this on the table saw. We don’t have one, so Evan’s just gonna freaking
free hand it. I don’t know why
you’re so confident. I feel super nervous about this. Like we’re not even clamping it. Everyone just hates jigsaws. Everyone says they’re
super inaccurate. KATELYN: I mean I don’t
mind them, but like doing a straight
line is not easy. Here I’m gonna pull up a chair. ’cause I’m getting serious. KATELYN: ‘Cause also we’re
not even clamping it, and this is such a
skinny piece, your plate has nothing to
rest on over here. Are you ready? Um am I ready? (upbeat music) KATELYN: What do you think? EVAN: It’s probably a B+. KATELYN: It’s decent. It’s decent. The very first wood working tool we
ever bought. Jigsaw. KATELYN: Okay. EVAN: We’re all prepped. Our tape is applied,
our glue is prepared, our angled cut is existing. EVAN: I think this
should be easy. KATELYN: And I’ll kinda
like (makes noise). I was gonna say a bun. This is gonna be
the satisfying part. KATELYN: I know. Okay we need to
be careful though. I think I’m gonna go
ahead and fold it up. Like that might be good enough. Lets check our
squeeze out and stuff. Oh, its hard to fit
my hands in there. Yay. Even though it’s like
little teeny bits I don’t want to deal
with them later. I think lets wait the full
cure time for this glue. Okay, you want to have lunch? Yes. Today’s video and our
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evankatelyn80. Can we eat now? I know I’m so hungry. That looks so good. It’s so good! Okay, time to untape this and see if glue squeezed
out everywhere or if we have very minimal
work ahead of us. Yes. Yeah, we’ll definitely need
to do a little sanding. We should get that
giant belt sander, because we definitely
need more equipment. Oh you want to
buy something now? We can make that. (Evan laughs) We can make that? Oh wow, that looks
like fairly seamless. Yeah, I mean we have a
little sanding to do, especially on our
edges that got a little burned on the table saw. But, I think we clean this up, we do some sanding, a little bit of wood filler, and then we can finish it. Yes. (upbeat music) It is time. For the LEDs. (Evan and Katelyn making
electronic noises) Its a dance club. Before we add all of the LEDs that we need to kind of
add some sort of exit port for the power cable
to exit the lamp. And this is gonna
be really painful. But I think I’m just
gonna make a little… Can it fit in just
that little notch? Oh so flush. Yes. So minimal. We also taped off the
inside panel where we’re gonna be sticky
backing the LEDs, because we didn’t
want the shellac to mess with the sticking. But like I want to fit
as many passes of this in here as we can. I’m definitely going
to need the assistant of your skinny hands. Feels wrong. (Evans laughs) Yeah, so you can
go ahead and start. Oh wait a minute we need to
do it on the inside. (laughs) Ha ha JK, that was a test. Yeah, and I’ll go
ahead and unplug this. (Katelyn gasps) Oh. My heart. So I’m just gonna do this
as close to the cut edge as I can. Yeah. I’m like partially
going by feel. This is an artsy shot. Whoa fancy. Look at this, I’m
gonna rack the focus. Everything got out of focus. We can unstick it some if we
need it to be looser loose. I’m just going to unstick
it (mumbles) all fits Where’s that clear tape? I like how like we’re doing everything
like pretty legit up until the end when
we just tape it in. You can barely tell that
it’s taped together. It looks nice. Okay, are we done? I think that this is done. Okay. All we have to do is turn it on. Well and then compare it to
the store bought one because. Its a package. It just arrived. Yes. Thank you. Okay, so I can tell
right off the bat that it is significantly
tinier and this is the largest size
you could buy online. Yes. So already we’re winning. Oh well the wood is… Oh! The wood is fairly pretty. The wood is nice. Prettier than I expected. Yeah. Okay, are you ready? Ready. Three, two, one. I can’t see. I can’t see. Oh that’s nice. Well let me make ours uh. The same color? Huh. What about yellow? That’s yellow. Oh, our LEDs don’t
have a like warm light. Warm. What’s this one? What’s this one? (Evan laughs) These colors don’t match at all. Our urge to chase
the LEDs has almost like backfired on us. No, because this is
what we were going for. Yeah, a cooler version. So let’s compare. Let’s compare. Alright, time to
officially compare them among a few metrics. The first one is gonna be price. And I’ve broken it down. This one cost $39.88 Okay. This one I’m gonna break
it into categories. $26 worth of wood. Only two and a half
dollars worth of LEDs. Because we got a
twenty foot length. Oh and we cut them. But, the power controller
and brick and everything adds an additional $10. For a total of (drum roll) $38.50. Are you kidding me? (bell rings) We were cheaper? This is less
expensive than this. Okay, that’s impressive. Usually, when we DIY things they are more
expensive actually. (cross talking) I was not expecting that. I was like how much more
expensive is this gonna be? And I will say this
is like assuming you have a couple
basic DIY supplies. Like the cost of the shellac
and the glue is cents. Cents. You know? And you have equipment already. I mean there’s like
some small caviot. But the materials
that went into this are less expensive. Okay, cool. Okay, next category. Construction slash quality. Now I gotta say, there’s a few things that
I’m nit picking about this. There’s a little void on top that they didn’t
fill with wood putty. It seems like the wood
over all is unfinished and a little bit rough. I will say that I wish
the cord for the light came out the back
instead of the side. Yes. For ours, I think that
our finish is better. It’s a smoother finish and our joints
are more seamless. Yup. One complaint about
ours is where the is the way the
LEDs are attached. If you get it from
the right angle you can see the loop at the top. So we might have to like shorten that or something. But then I think we
could be like on par. All right, so. So. Winner. (bell rings) Okay Size. (bell rings) Winner! I think impressive that we
got so much more lamp for just under the cost of this one. Yeah, now overall aesthetic, I might call it a tie. I might like the little one a little
bit better aesthetically. I feel bad saying this but, I love the super light wood and I love the
color of the LEDs. I think the main
thing that hurt us is I got like a cheap LED strip. I mean. Yeah. That’s white. Yeah, I wish that
we had a warm white. I think aesthetically
it’s a tie. I like them for
different reasons. (bell rings) Yeah, I think a tie is a fair.. I think a tie
aesthetically speaking. Yeah, a tie aesthetically. One thing I want to address that we’re probably gonna
lose every single time is time. Because this took
about three hours. Yeah, whereas this
was Amazon Prime. So. Now I do have to say
if you need a lamp ASAP. You could build
this faster than you can order and receive this. If it’s a lamp emergency. This one wins in time. Okay, (bell rings) I’ll give it that. But now I think it’s time for the most important
deciding factor of all, Which one the Supurrvisor likes. KATELYN: Okay Supurrvisor,
which one do you like? No. Joobie. She wants
the box it came in. No. EVAN: Oh, she’s
only inspecting it. She doesn’t like it more. KATELYN: She hasn’t chosen yet. Oh now she’s inspecting. EVAN: Oh she’s already
spent more time with ours. She is le bored. KATELYN: Oh she’s interested. And we definitely didn’t cheat. (Evan laughs) What do you think baby?
Does it look cool? Is it the best? Are you obligated
to say it’s the best because you love us? (Evan laughs) EVAN: Did she shake her head? Oh you know what, she’s
been a good sport. EVAN: Yeah. Let’s give her the treat. Oh that’s it. Well I think the
Supurrvisor’s endorsement was definitely
stronger for ours. Okay, so what do you think? You had the
scoreboard. Do we win? We totally won. I
think my favorite part of making is being
able to customize it. We wanted RGB color-changing
LEDs, we got them. We wanted it
taller, we got that. And I think that’s the beauty of making something yourself. So let us know if
you guys want to see more videos like this. And if you just want
more videos in general you should go to “Evan
and Katelyn Gaming,” which is our gaming channel. EVAN: We do two more per week and we look forward to
seeing you over there too. Bye. Bye. I want to be a team. You put it in here? Yes (laughs loudly). Whoa. Whoa. Oh this is really hard. Oh this is really really hard. Oh no. Hold on to my belly. (car crashes) (laughs) What is happening? What was that?

100 thoughts on “BUY vs DIY – Recreating a Wood & LED Lamp

  1. How would y'all feel about this being a series? Let us know! ❤️E&K

    🎮 dId yOu kNoW wE hAvE a gAmInG cHaNnEl?

    🎙️ And a podcast!

  2. I see the suggestions about lighter wood, but I actually really like that you can see the wood grain in yours. It looks more like some kinda fairy light coming from inside a tree, whereas the store bought one looks more clinical.

  3. Guys, do you aet spaghetti with a knife…? Please don't. Some of your followers is Italian. I can have a stroke if you do it again 😂. I'm joking…but don't do that.

  4. Just to let you know
    Micro jig makes an accessory called the Microdial for angle cuts it works with the grippers you use.
    It works really well and helps a lot with things like that.

  5. First: Make this a series… like NOW

    Second: You could have made a spacer to make your glue taping less troublesome since it would allow a tight tape wrap.

    Third: That is the best freehand jigsawing I've ever seen!

  6. great work, just think you need to use a lighter color wood with less contrast graining and maybe recess the led strip a little into the wood

  7. Some minor improvements to consider.

    * The inside of your lamp is a dark color with pattern from the grain. This results in dimmer light and the color distorted by the surface it is reflecting off of which is why your colors were so off. Using some kind of white, especially a reflective one, inside would fix this. A light brushing of any 'True White' paint or gel coat would work. Then brush on some gloss clear. I personally would go all in one and gloss clear with white mica powder and little bit of 'True White' paint/ink mixed in. The result would be a much brighter light with more accurate color.

    * Route a slight depression for mounting the LED strip. I would go with a triangle about 0.25" in from the edges. Then place the LED strip in a spiral pattern so you can fit as much as possible in. Mo' LEDs = Mo' Powwa baby! If you want the install to be clean you can fill the depression with resin (after testing the LEDs!). If you want the depression to be extra clean you can add a thin layer of white gel coat before mounting the LEDs, then fill with resin.

    * Instillation of the driver and power needs to be addressed, there are lots of different things you could do here. There are lots of small plastic containers everything would fit in that you could mount inside the lamp. You could use a plastic mesh or braided tube and heat shrink. Maybe use a clamp or bracket. Route a small depression into the wood to mount. Some combination of the above (bracket for power brick in a depression, shrink wrap extra cable then sleeve it with the driver, then clamp beside the power brick). Just remember to use white or clear (ish) so that it is color neutral and reflects rather than absorbs light.

    * Consider adding a base. I know I know, you want that totally open look. But consider this. You could add a mirror on top of the base (or just use a mirror as the base). Even better mount the mirror at a slight angle towards the back face of the lamp. More focused directed light with a more diffused light source, which are both things you want in this design.

    I know all of the above adds time and cost, but the finished product would be much better.

  8. if you ask me diy or buy people who make stuff for a business most likely get stuff both in bulk and for a cheaper price all together were as the diy only makes it once hence why its expensive over the diy option but overall you can make things cheaper than the counterpart if you ask me you just need to know people and need to be a deal finder

    all around though good video and id love to see this in a series

  9. I bet if you used a lighter wood or painted the inside of that one a lighter color I bet the LED's would look like they are a bit brighter

  10. OMG Evan no – no no no no with that jigsaw. 1. MAKE an angle jig – the episode is about DIY'ing stuff. C'mon! 2. OMG the safety violations. AUGH. Husband and I were both yelling at the screen. XD

  11. “She’s been a good sport, let’s give her the treat!” gets treat out of their lamp Lmao! 😂 😂 I love watching y’all’s videos & I definitely think y’all should do a series of “BUY vs DIY” videos!

  12. You mentioned the on-hand supplies and tools, but you didn't mention the electricity to power those tools (table saw and jigsaw). Electricity is most likely taken into account for the pricing of the store-bought lamp. Having said all that, I like yours better, and there's a lot to be said for having done it yourself. DIY, for me, always adds value. Great looking lamp!

  13. Regarding the color of the light, after your build, you can see why the original is a light colored wood. It's color has a less of an affect on the color of light the LED's put out. The original almost looks like the 'toilet paper of wood', Aspen. But maybe it's a light hardwood like soft maple, which is also light colored and have less affect on the color of the internal light. Fun build. I'm with the others, series!

  14. First video I’ve seen of yours and I liked the idea and was thinking of subscribing but when you mentioned Claire from Bon Appetite I instantly subscribed!

  15. Something to try! Go to goodwill (or craigslist) for old LCD or LED monitors for the light diffusers! You could make a lamp with RGV lights and diffuse them for a more natural look. DIY Perks has a great video on it.

  16. An easier way to get that angle straight @ 4:00 would be to clamp it to a table edge lined up to your cut line and use a flush cut bit in a router.

  17. Was a good experiment but I definitely prefer the Amazon one. Would be amazing to see you guys do a redo and maybe paint the inside of the light a glossy white colour ??

  18. i want to buy ya'lls version <3 I happened across your channel a few weeks ago and have been watching lots and lots of the old episodes <3 ya'll are adorably cute and remind me of my husband and I who game alot

  19. Might I say the first thought after seeing the final product… Foggy resin window to fit the open area oo or a clear resin with a rainbow swirl =o ( also the lights might shine better if the inside was painted white.

  20. Instead of tape, y'all need to get a battery powered hot-glue gun. Your wood cost is too much if you had gone to a hardwood supply yard down there and bought rough red oak and dress it your self (you do have a planer) and beat the cost by 50%.

  21. Hello fresh is amazing, it’s just waaaay to expensive, and everything is is separate plastic single use packages.
    Decent food tho!!

  22. I've fallen down a puzzle box/ secret compartment box rabbit hole lately and now I need to see my favorite makers come up with one! You could even both make separate ones and try to solve each others!

  23. The big difference is, you cant see the grain on the small one so it feels brighter. Could be internal finish, could be light intensity. But honestly I thought you were going to fill yours with resin, to diffuse the light and also make it heavy and indestructible. Shouldn't hurt the LEDs at all…

  24. Um no, I disagree. As for Aesthetic, DIY definitely wins because your light can change colors for different moods and their light is only brighter because the wood is so much lighter reflecting the light around. Ok, I made my peace. Lol

  25. Considering the amount of man-hours spent + price of tools used in making this…I'd say it's not cheaper, even if the materials used were a bare dollar cheaper than the store bought light. I really hate that such videos never include the prerequisites into the final calculation.

  26. Did you factor in the cost of all that tape, wood filler, and stain?
    I love the idea of buy vs diy, but a more detailed price breakdown should be considered.

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