Mission Nightstand Lamps (pair)

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Project by MasterSergeant posted 06-04-2017 01:19 PM 1191 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just added a pair of mission style lamps to my growing bedroom furniture suite.

My projects started with the Mission queen size bed, then added the twin nightstands and now a pair lamps.

The lamps provided some interesting new challenges for me.
The grills were particularly challenging making me learn how to use my stacked dado set I received last Christmas. The grills required several dado cuts and some careful tablesaw cuts to complete. I had one huge “kickback” during the learning the process. I was using my “Gripper”, featherboards and push-sticks that kept me for really hurting myself. I did get a nasty bruise on my belly though.
The base and top required me to cut 12 (top) and 14 degree (base) cuts and accomplish without burning the oak, that was tough but I pulled it off. A Christmas present from my with was an electronic angle gauge that worked great. I just had to fine tune within its built-in tolerances.
Next was cutting the 45 degree on the lamps main column to produce the square. It took me many test cuts to establish the perfect 45 degrees needed to make the perfect squares. Clamping had it own unique challenges causing my to purchase a pair of strap corner clamps that worked perfectly.
I had very little experience at cutting glass. I needed stained glass for the 4-side of each column and “Hobby Lobby” had what I needed. I purchased a glass cutter and tried my hand at cutting, failure! I then purchased a pair of pliers made specifically for breaking glass on the score line and had total success using them. I used silicone and hot glue to attach the glass to the lamps. I’m not a fan of silicone, it is too messy or I am too messy one of the two.
The wiring was a bit of a challenge in finding a three way switch, but I was successful and found a pair on-line. To hide the wiring inside the lamps I hot glued the wires to the corners to eliminate wire shadows. The lights work beautifully, one click the base bulb lights, next click the main bulb and last click and both light.
My wood choices are walnut and oak. I used both on the nightstands and I wanted to carry that theme into the lights. The grill, feet and socket base are walnut and the rest white oak.

That’s my project hope you all like and let me know.
Next is an attempt at making a Mission style “Chest on Chest” dresser, to go with my growing bedroom suite.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#1 posted 06-04-2017 01:38 PM

Great job, those are some nice lamp bases and I respect the effort you put into all those miters!

You could have taken the easy way out and just used solid “planks”, but the continuity of grain really adds a tough of class (at a high cost of testing your patience during cut setup 8^)

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#2 posted 06-04-2017 02:02 PM

Very nice.

When designing the bed you avoided a very common mistake- not spacing the slats wide enough to get a hand through. I’ve done it both ways and the wider spaced slats make it far easier to tuck the sheets in.

-- Groveland, CA.

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#3 posted 06-04-2017 05:39 PM

I like the style and the workmanship is also excellent.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 06-04-2017 07:04 PM

Yes I do like your lamps. I like everything about them. You did a great job. I sure know what you mean about kickbacks. I had a similar one early this spring. Haven’t been hit that hard in a very long time.

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#5 posted 07-05-2017 08:49 PM

A very nice pair sir.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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