DIY Baseball Lamp

In this article, I show you how to make a DIY baseball lamp.  This is a super easy project and the DIY Baseball Lamp is perfect for a nursery or boys room.


The weather is warming up here in South Louisiana (actually, it barely cooled down at all this winter), Mardi Gras is in full swing, and daylight savings time is around the corner.  Most importantly, it’s Baseball season already!  My family and I love the game of baseball, so I decided to build my son a DIY Baseball Lamp.


Materials and Tools I Used



Step 1

Make sure you have all the materials you need for the diy baseball lamp before you get started.  It is quite frustrating to start a project and realize you don’t have the materials you need – trust me, I do it all the time.

Find or cut any piece of wood that is 8″ x  8″ square to be the base of the diy baseball lamp (home plate).  I had a piece of IPE laying around my shop from a previous project that was 9″ x 9″.  You can change the size of home plate as long as you follow these measurement guidelines:  Back of home plate = x.  Each side of home plate = x / 2.  The 2 remaining sides are set at a 45 degree angle until they intersect.  The standard size of home plate is 17″ (Back)  x 8.5″ (straight side) x 12″ (angled sides).


baseball lamp materials for project


Baseball Lamp home plate dimensions

Home Plate Dimensions



Step 2

Trace home plate on your chosen piece of material with a pencil and a combination square.  I chose a scrap piece of IPE.

Next, cut out the plate with a jigsaw or bandsaw.  Remember to always cut outside the lines and trim the remaining material off with a sander.



Baseball lamp bandsaw cut out on IPE

Home Plate (IPE) cut



Baseball lamp bandsaw cut out on IPE 2

Home Plate cutout complete on bandsaw



Step 3

Trim remaining material using a sander.  I used a disc sander, but an orbital sander would work as well.


baseball lamp remove excess material from home plate on disc sander

Remove excess material from Home Plate on disc sander



Step 4

Make a mark on the baseballs in the same general area.  I chose an area on the ball that would minimize the logo/emblem once stacked on each other.


baseball lamp making drill mark

Marking baseballs for drilling accuracy


Note:  I chose 4 baseballs because they fit on the threaded rod perfectly with about a half inch of thread remaining on each side.


Step 5

Use a digital caliper, regular caliper, or any measuring device to measure the width of the threaded rod.  As you can see from the picture, the rod one is 3/8″.


baseball lamp measure width of threaded rod with digital caliper

Measure width of threaded lamp rod with digital caliper



Step 6

Secure the ball with clamps or a vise.

Next, drill a hole on the mark with the same size drill bit as the width of the rod.  This hole will be a bit too small for the rod, but it is better to have it too narrow rather than too wide.

The holes I drilled were too small for the rod to fit, so I stepped up to a 1/2″ bit.  This size worked perfectly.


baseball lamp drill 3/8" hole in baseball

Drilling 3/8″ hole in baseball


baseball lamp drilling 1/2" hole in baseball

Drilling 1/2″ hole in baseball



Step 7

Place the baseballs on the threaded rod and secure them in place with the lock nuts/washers that came with the lamp kit.  Make sure to leave about a half inch of threaded rod on each end so that it will be easy to secure the remaining lamp pieces and it can be attached to the base plate.

Detailed instructions on how to assemble the different nuts/washers come with the lamp kit; however, I didn’t use some of them.  You should be good to go as long as the balls are secure.


Baseball lamp with threaded rod stack secured

Threaded Rod with baseball stack secured


Step 8

Thread the wire through the rod.


Baseball Lamp wire through threaded rod

DIY Baseball Lamp wire through threaded rod


Baseball lamp secured to threaded rod

Baseballs secured to threaded rod


Step 9

Attach the remaining pieces for the DIY baseball lamp kit to one side.


baseball lamp top hardware installed

Top hardware installed



Step 10

Find the center of the plate using a combination square, speed square, or tape measure and mark the center with a pencil.  This is where you will drill the hole for the threaded pipe.

Depending on the size of your base, you may want to move the mark 1 or 2 inches back.  My homeplate is rather small and having the lamp directly in the center did not look right.


Baseball lamp finding center with combination square

Finding center with combination square


baseball lamp center of home plate

Center of baseball home plate




Step 11

Drill a hole using a drill or drill press the same size as the threaded rod, which was 3/8″ in my case.  This hole can always be widened later if needed.  You may want to place a scrap of wood on the underside of the plate to prevent tear out.


baseball lamp drilling center hole with drill press

Drilling center hole with drill press


Step 12

Use a router with a 1/4″ roundover bit on the top edges.  You can also use an orbital sander, or sandpaper to accomplish this as well.


baseball lamp using router with a 1/4" round over bit

Using router with a 1/4″ round over bit



Step 13

Sand the entire plate using 80 grit, then 120 grit, then 220 grit sandpaper.  This will provide a very smooth surface.  Skip the 80 grit and 120 grit and go straight to the 220 grit if you are extremely impatient.

I don’t recommend doing this for many reasons, but I realize a very smooth surface is not important to everyone.


baseball lamp sanding with an orbital sander and 220 grit paper

Sanding with an orbital sander and 220 grit paper



Step 14

Use a damp rag or paper towel to remove the dust from the wood and raise the grain.  Optional:  While the wood is damp, you can quickly sand it again with 220 grit paper.  This will make a very smooth surface since the dampness in the wood raises the grain.


baseball lamp wiping loose debris with a damp rag

Wiping loose debris with a damp rag



Step 15

Now for my favorite part.  Apply your favorite finish to the wood for the DIY baseball lamp.  This can be stain, varnish, poly, etc..

I chose to use Linseed oil & Beeswax polish made by Darbin Orvar.  Darbin is a very talented maker/creator who I follow on youtube.  She makes this polish herself and sells it on her website – I included a link to it in the materials section of this post.  I try to support people like Darbin whenever possible and I encourage you to do the same.  This was the first time I used this product and it is AWESOME!


baseball lamp applying linseed oil and beeswax polish

Applying linseed oil and beeswax polish