Arts and Crafts Lamp

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Project by John Nixon posted 04-13-2007 02:38 AM 5071 views 13 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made an Arts and Crafts style lamp for my wife for Christmas. It’s based on the Lamp that WOOD magazine offers, but I didn’t have the plans so what you see is my interpretation of WOOD’s design. Building the shade was a challenge, but I’m glad I took the time to do it right – the results were worth the effort.

I cobbled together the light hardware from various parts – the base of an old brass candle holder, a brass plumbing tee, a part of from a brass air line coupler, etc. I wanted a really old look to the fixture.

I attached Buffalo nickels for the cord pulls. We’re from Buffalo, NY and my wife likes all things Buffalo.

More pics can be found here:

-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY -

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Ethan Sincox

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#1 posted 04-13-2007 02:40 AM

Very nice. Would you care to go into a little more detail on things like the shade pieces and how you went about making the lamp?

Excellent job!

-- Ethan,

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#2 posted 04-13-2007 02:41 AM

Fantastic stuff…there’s great art in woodworking. Keep it up.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#3 posted 04-13-2007 02:42 AM

so much better than the cheap lamp kit bits. I may have to get creative when I (finally) get to that stage on my lamp. Is the shade glass?

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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John Nixon

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#4 posted 04-13-2007 03:08 AM

Hi Guys. Thanks for the compliments. I used a plan from an old issue of Woodworker’s journal.

I put together a scan of some of the details for another fellow, so I’ll share it here too:

The shade does have real glass that I got

They happen to be local for me, but they do ship. They were great to deal with.

Let me know if you’d like more info…

-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY -

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#5 posted 04-13-2007 04:33 AM

The nichols were a nice touch you did a good job of interpreting. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Brian Wohn

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#6 posted 04-13-2007 01:05 PM

That is so nice John! I’d like to do something like this myself. I know nothing about glass and thanks for the link, but can you tell me exactly what glass you used on their site? They have so many I can’t find something close to your selection.

I love the style!

-- Brian, Pelham, AL

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John Nixon

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#7 posted 04-14-2007 12:40 AM

Brian, Sunshine’s site isn’t the easiest to get around, but I think the glass I bought was
“SP 315.1 – dense white/med amber (bone) code AA” from the first page in this PDF:

The glass was about $60 cut to size. It would have been more money for me to buy the full sheet that I would have needed to get all the pieces. Granted, I would have has some left over for something else, but I thought leaving the cutting to them was a good idea. It’s not that I couldn’t have done, but for about the same price I went the no hassle route.

Thanks for the kind words, I’m glad you like the lamp.

-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY -

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Brian Wohn

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#8 posted 04-14-2007 12:44 AM

Thanks much John, I appreciate the help. You picked a great color glass to compliment it for sure!

-- Brian, Pelham, AL

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#9 posted 04-14-2007 01:28 AM

Great Lamp John. Have you seen Dusty’s. he made one with a similiar shape. and used stained glass for the shade.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 04-16-2007 08:12 AM

John -

Nice touch with the Buffalo Nickels. Great resources in your replies. I bet this light looks great when lit. Excellent as always!


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John Nixon

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#11 posted 04-17-2007 03:14 AM

Thanks David. My wife loved the nickels. It was kind of neat to have something unique to put on the pull chains. I think I’m also going to inlay buffalo nickels in the pool table rails.

-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY -

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#12 posted 04-16-2009 03:32 AM

Very, very nice lamp, it is soooo nice that my wife wants one. I will using a red birds eye eucalyptus burl that I will cut into verneers about 1/16 thick and not the glass, wish me luck.

-- Garysharp "When sharpening woodworking tools, good enough,...isn't" “Your life’s complete only when your knowledge passes on”.

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John Nixon

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#13 posted 04-18-2009 01:30 AM

Thanks Gary. This lamp is one of those projects that you’ll be very proud of when you complete it. The shade is a challenge, and to succeed in meeting the challenge is a great accomplishment. I really like the sound of using veneer as the shade material. I wonder if the heat will distort the veneer. Please post some pictures when you’re done so we can see and hear how it worked out.

-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY -

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