Walnut LED Desk Lamp

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Project by ScottAlan posted 12-24-2015 02:41 AM 1490 views 17 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my first attempt at curves and non-square shapes. Curves are WAY harder than 90 degree everything in a project! It takes a real artist’s hand to have graceful curves. This is my version of a Wood Magazine LED desk lamp project. It was really hard to photograph the finished lamp, so I used Photoshop to alter the background.

The magazine project was battery operated. I thought that was dumb, so I hollowed out the stem of mine and wired it. I routed the edge of the base to accommodate a small slide switch. A wall wart converts the 110VAC to DC and it powers the LED puck light under the maple shade. I’ve never bent wood before this project. I cut the maple for the shade to 1/16” thick. I boiled it in a pot for 45 minutes. I turned a form on the lathe to the diameter of the light base. I bent the hot/wet shade around the round form. I put about 20 rubber bands around it and let it dry for two days. Then I glued the round shade to the light base.

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#1 posted 12-24-2015 04:42 AM

This thing is awesome, congrats to you…....

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 12-24-2015 11:26 AM

nice job! bending wood is great fun & gives one whole new avenues to explore.

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#3 posted 12-24-2015 01:23 PM

Really nice work.

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#4 posted 12-24-2015 02:16 PM

Wow! This is a really nice project and is very creative.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 12-24-2015 03:51 PM

Absolutely astonish design. Curved shape made of walnut just catch the eye.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 12-24-2015 08:19 PM

Nice work Scott!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#7 posted 12-24-2015 08:38 PM

Nice set of curves.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#8 posted 12-25-2015 02:54 AM

Very nice, great job!

-- Dan

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#9 posted 12-25-2015 07:34 AM

Very nice, and you’ve really done justice to that walnet.

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#10 posted 12-26-2015 01:44 AM


-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#12 posted 12-28-2015 06:45 PM

Nice looking desk lamp, and LED to boot.
Graceful cores and nice color.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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