Petal Lamp by my daughter

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Project by Rick M. posted 11-21-2015 09:53 PM 1629 views 6 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter recently started college for Architecture. One of her first semester projects was a lamp that transforms, she chose to make a lamp that would open and close like flower petals. I think the idea needs a little refinement but it’s her first ever solo design and woodworking project and I’m very proud of her. The petals are fir veneer attached with short brass machine screws. She plans on refining the concept and maybe selling a few next year to help pay her tuition.


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#1 posted 11-21-2015 10:03 PM

You are rightly proud. Looks good.

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#2 posted 11-21-2015 10:15 PM

Looks very nice!
If Architecture doesn’t work out, she can always study at the side of her old man and learn woodworking !

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#3 posted 11-21-2015 10:33 PM

She did some fine work. They should sell very well.

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#4 posted 11-21-2015 11:34 PM

Very creative design
She got talent and will do well .


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#5 posted 11-22-2015 01:32 AM

Wow Rick. She certainly understands the concept of humidity and its effect on expansion/contraction of wood. Very cool concept and practical ingenuity..


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#6 posted 11-22-2015 01:33 AM

That is really amazing. I like the way it shows off the two colors from where it overlaps. I think she has a winner there.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 11-22-2015 05:41 AM

Very cool indeed.
She is going places with an imagination like that.
You are right to be proud Dad.

Nice work.

-- Eric, central Florida

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#8 posted 11-22-2015 07:36 AM

Great project! You should be very proud!
Did she vent the top at all? Light bulbs do get very hot.

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#9 posted 11-22-2015 05:19 PM

I love wooden lamp shades as they add a real warm glow to the room.
Nice job Rick!
Did you use an LED lamp to keep the temperature down?

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#10 posted 11-22-2015 06:05 PM

She really did a nice job on this.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 11-22-2015 06:11 PM

She used an LED, no heat to speak of. I will pass along the compliments, thanks folks.


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#12 posted 11-22-2015 06:45 PM

Rick—Looks like you’ve inspired your daughter to design and build stuff! I like the petal design and it looks really nice with the LED bulb. Good idea to keep the heat down.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#13 posted 11-23-2015 01:12 AM

I miss read who built this!
Congratulations to your daughter on a well built project!

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#14 posted 11-23-2015 10:03 PM

Stunning, look forward to seeing the next generation.

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#15 posted 12-04-2015 01:32 PM

That’s a beauty

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