Desk lamp with wooden shade

  • Advertise with us
Project by Rb12 posted 01-20-2017 02:41 PM 1831 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The lamp is about 14” tall and 7” wide. The wood is birch and African Mahogany. The “shade” is birch veneer. I used super glue to clue the veneer perpendicular to itself on the corners, but it holds remarkably well. There is a 100W equivalent LED bulb in it producing about 10w, which produces no real noticeable heat buildup.

Finish is just a few coats of Danish Oil

12 comments so far

View  woodshaver Tony C   's profile

woodshaver Tony C

5676 posts in 3229 days

#1 posted 01-20-2017 03:27 PM

Looks good! Interesting design! Love the warm glow of the light through the veneer.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

View helluvawreck's profile


29804 posts in 2743 days

#2 posted 01-20-2017 04:37 PM

It’s nicely done and a beautiful project.

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

View Redbeardedwoodworker's profile


27 posts in 453 days

#3 posted 01-20-2017 07:27 PM

Really nice! Love the look of the light through the grain.

View Rb12's profile


80 posts in 2104 days

#4 posted 01-20-2017 07:44 PM

thx for the thoughts. I too was really happy how well the grain on the veneer showed up

View WorkshopIncome's profile


5 posts in 382 days

#5 posted 01-20-2017 11:33 PM

Love the texture of the grain when the lamp is on!

-- Derek, PNW,

View drewpy's profile


773 posts in 1233 days

#6 posted 01-20-2017 11:55 PM

Great looking lamp. Nicely done!

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

View sras's profile


4701 posts in 3005 days

#7 posted 01-21-2017 12:15 AM

Nice! Lots of possibilities here.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

View Dave G's profile

Dave G

329 posts in 1924 days

#8 posted 01-21-2017 01:11 AM

So cool.

So you got me thinking about making one and I started looking at veneer available by mail. Did you find veneer without paper backing? Was it plain sawn (like a board) or rotary cut (like a plywood ply) ? The wonderful grain you got indicates to me that it was rift or plain sawn. Thanks!

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

View Rb12's profile


80 posts in 2104 days

#9 posted 01-21-2017 10:39 AM

Thx for the compliments. I have made a couple veneer shades now. Both times I bought Sauers and Company brand veneer from my local Woodcraft. They are plain, non adhesive/paper backed. I think 1/32” thickness which I find sufficient to cut, glue, generally work with while being thin enough to allow a light source pass through. Not sure how the veneers are cut; they are sequence matched so I would guess saw cut, but I am not sure. I could see some tool marks on these ones, but I sanded them before use with 220grit paper and a sanding block and they cleaned up fine.

View Craftsman on the lake's profile

Craftsman on the lake

2728 posts in 3314 days

#10 posted 01-21-2017 12:09 PM

Very nicely done. I wonder if a chandelier type of light could be made this way. I’ve been thinking of some design for over the dining room table.

You’ve given me food for thought. Thanks.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

View deon's profile


2522 posts in 2902 days

#11 posted 01-22-2017 04:55 PM

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

View Dave G's profile

Dave G

329 posts in 1924 days

#12 posted 01-22-2017 05:15 PM

Thanks RB. Woodcraft down the road.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics