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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 comments found

  1. How would y'all feel about this being a series? Let us know! โค๏ธE&K

    ๐ŸŽฎ dId yOu kNoW wE hAvE a gAmInG cHaNnEl? youtube.com/evanandkatelyngaming

    ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ And a podcast! youtube.com/evanandkatelynpodcast

  2. Getting lower quality LEDs that are not as bright AND not painting the inside white hurt the DIY one. I love that with DIY you can customize things to your needs, though.

  3. AHHH Your DIY Lamp looks brilliant!! And your cat is CUTE!!! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–
    Oh and i was looking at your Minecraft Diamond Pickaxe in the background from the previous video too, it just looks beautiful lol!

  4. What even IS a "5-star recipe"??? Couldn't Blue Apron just come along and say ALL of their recipes are "5-star"?? Like… what?

  5. As soon as I saw the Grr-Ripper, I just thought of Steve Ramsey doing the intro to this video.
    "I saw this lamp on Amazon, so I decided I would make it myself, but I when I tried to order it all I got was…
    'The Grr-Ripper from MicroJig!……'"

  6. 4:26 circular saw and edge guide maybe? Then a hand plane instead of a ROS. Just saying, you'd avoid the wood filler.

    also, perhaps more time planning your angles so that you have miters instead of butt joints would have also avoided filler.

    finally as others said, your wood and stain choice do not lend well to reflecting the leds. lighter wood and white washing the interior would have been best.

  7. Maybe you should also include tools etc. (e.g. the price of renting them) in the price. At least for the viewers that's a more realistic view because not everyone has such a well equipped workshop…

  8. For making LEDS (with a silicone top layer) you can either paint on a light layer of either a white paint or a white glue that drys white. The white layer of white will disperse the light coming out of the LED to flatten out the lighting.

  9. Made this into a series plsssss:(
    I already subscribe, i thought y'all making this thing into a series, but no i was wrong:(

  10. Yo bind your hair on top of your head.. I'm studying a subject with power tools and had that happen to a friend of mine..
    The hair got caught into the sawblade.. You don't want that to happen.

    But i guess this comment won't be read anyways

  11. I can't help it, but in my opinion changing colour LED lets the item look cheap. I would take the bought one ๐Ÿ™‚ nice skills though

  12. Really funny since i study carpentry xD and u guys didnt count in the machinery cost or glue cost otherwise u wouldve been at around 42$

  13. I like yours more!
    โœ” fancier
    โœ” quality-wise/appearance-wise, the moment you unboxed the one from Amazon… I still like yours
    โœ” light, etc, given that yours have more colors, yours gave more attitude, tho the one bought from Amazon seemed brighter

    Overall, yours is still better

  14. I'm gonna vent a little here for a sec, I just love your channel so much it's really lively And I feel like you are here which help me feel way less lonely whenever my mom is gone for a long time, thanks so much for all of your videos ๐Ÿ’•โค

  15. Price… Producing cost? 3h รก 20$…. I dount now hoch much u earn in US but i think thats not a fair
    Size, are u kidding me? It's just the size u ordered… Design is objective. The whiter wood does only good

  16. Make this a series plz ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  17. Try painting the inside creamy white so that the light reflects off of it, and for a warmer glow (idk if it works but i think it would?)

  18. Not sure if you guys read your comments, but if you do, it would be nice if you guys provided blueprints of sorts, or at least measurements in case anyone wants to make this but has next to no experience

  19. I would have finished the DIY with a pickled finish or a kind of "whitewash", inside and out. I'd have bonded the pieces with 5 min epoxy, which will stick to the finished wood, do one joint at a time, this lets you wipe off excess. Do the slanted piece last. I'd have used the saw, to cut slots in the slant-piece, to fit the LED's in edge-wise about 1/3 their width, use clear epoxy to secure in the slot. This would allow 4 or more strips (some won't go all the way to the top). I'd hand-carve the curved connecting channels between strips, but alternating their faces make the curve very simple. Finally? I think I'd use spring-loaded pegs to afix the slanted piece into the whole– it'll easily hold, but is entirely removable if you wish to change up the electronics later. (the pegs need to be springy along their length, so they press-fit into precision holes blind-drilled into the wood. Think a steel roll-pin, only made of plastic for wood.)

    Otherwise? Very nice build– I'd say yours is supremely superior to the 'Zon one in all the ways that really matter-besides- DIY is always classier than bought. ๐Ÿ˜€

  20. Evan: sees something cool on the Internet.
    Katelyn: we can make that.
    Evan: sees something cool on the Internet.
    Katelyn: we can make that.
    Evan: sees a cool car.
    Katelyn: we can make that.

  21. HI E and K my name is Colby and I love your Art . Me and my mum LOVE art. And you inspire me to make art like you, thank you for making us all laugh!

  22. The little one would be great for a night stand as it gives off good light and won't take up a lot of space.
    While the big one would be awesome for a living room or gaming room to create some mood lighting and a chill vibe.

  23. I was like: Yeah they are going to use resin! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Evan and Katelyn: *no resin*

  24. I love you Version better! Looks more high end and looks like I could find in a store for $100! I love the color changing too! Wayyy better! โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ also this is totally series worthy!

  25. If you would have applied a few coats of your finish on the inside of your lamp it would reflect the light more and be brighter. Being your wood is darker it will absorb more of the light than the store bought. Otherwise its very beautiful and worth the DIY

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