This is a really fun project, the same owner that I had made the counter for, had an idea of reclaimed wood beam, that is fit with spot lights.
I have purchased at a local reclaimed wood centre a long-3.2m beam of wood, that needed a fair amount of work to bring the natural beauty out it.
I have removed all nails, and started scraping the surface, and while I was going intense with that-a pretty colour started coming through this rough looks.
Once the surface was ready, the fun part comes in, I needed to drill fat holes, big enough to accommodate a spot light, allow enough room for the LED light bulb. That cost me a corded drill, too weak, burnt after second hole. These being kinda deep, needed a fair amount of chipping out-the old fashioned way-with a mullet and a chisel.
Spacing out the spot lights is the next step, then wiring line had to be chiselled out with only a mullet and a chisel. These projects have a lot of surprises in the form of hidden nails, using your expensive power tools to get the job done quicker might cos you dearly.
All being installed inside of this wooden beam, just few items left before delivery. I have placed some extra features that made the wiring supported, thick galvanized chain and 4 point mounts-the beam is really heavy and it will be hanging over the counter.
Few coats of clear, quality varnish and it is ready to deliver. The new, awesome, Caribbean takeaway place in Welling, London will be fitted with this light.
And this is how it ended up looking like, quite happy with that…
Really interesting project, tons of manual labour due to the nature of the material-reclaimed wood, that had some nails in it-no use of power tools, but looks nice.