How-To Geek

Recycle a CD Spindle into a Desk Lamp

When you’ve burned through the last of that 100 CD spindle there’s nothing left to do with it but chuck it in the bin; unless you apply a little DIY spirit to it and recycle it into a glowing desk lamp.

DIY magazine ReadyMade share a tutorial for turning your and old spindle into a lamp. You’ll need an empty CD spindle case, a drill, and a simple lamp assembly from the hardware store. Check out the link below for the full guide.

CD Spindle Lamp [ReadyMade via Unpluggd]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 01/26/11

Comments (5)

  1. Hatryst

    Finally, a techie use for tech junk :)

  2. Me

    I just cut the spindle off of it, turned it upside down, and used it as a small local trash bin. Great for small bits of paper, reciepts, candy wrappers, orange peels, and tissues when I get a cold.

  3. JohnRobertM

    @Me: I cut the spindle off and use them as storage containers too!

  4. kzinti1

    The 1st thing I thought when I saw this was…led’s. It would make a nice little computer-powered desk lamp. I haven’t done it but I already have more than a few ideas how to go about it. And it would be an excellent project for Greenies and their children, especially.

  5. Hilton

    I use old CD spindles for holding all sorts of screws and nuts in my workshop. Just insert a couple of screws into the black base (after cutting off the long sticky-out bit) and then it’s easy to simply twist off the actual container. Plus it’s all see-through so no guessing what’s in the tin.

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