The Heidi Lamp

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Project by 559dustdesigns posted 02-14-2010 01:52 AM 2673 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is The Heidi Lamp. I’ve been admiring all the wonderful lamps posted here on Lumberjocks and had to try and make one too. I built this Lamp for my cousin Heidi’s birthday. I made the center portion using box joints, which were cut with my stack dado blade on the table saw. The biggest challenge with this lamp was the pull chain. In order to have the chain hang free from the lamps base, I used a screen door wheel as a pulley. I mortised this pulley into the back of the lamp under the shade. This wheel worked great and makes turning the lamp on and off smooth and easy. I used red oak with Minwax Walnut stain and Polyurethane.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#1 posted 02-14-2010 02:18 AM

great lamp and the custommer seems happy
so well done


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#2 posted 02-14-2010 02:39 AM

This is a very creative design and great craftsmanship. Thank you for posting.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 02-14-2010 03:17 AM

Very nice looking lamp, cool engineering there with the pulley.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 02-14-2010 03:41 AM

I agree with Chris – the pulley is a nice innovation! Usually you just have to pull the chain down and drag it out of the socket – never feels right. Well done!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 02-14-2010 07:08 AM

nice design well done

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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#6 posted 02-14-2010 05:15 PM

Always great to have a HAPPY customer. Nicely done.

-- Ralph New Hampshire,

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#7 posted 02-14-2010 07:50 PM

Thanks for the innovative pull-chain information. That’s slick and something well worth incorporating.

Creative, unique design that looks well thought-out!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#8 posted 02-24-2010 03:32 PM

Nice job for sure.

I like the chain innovation as well.


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