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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 a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). 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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