Architects Lamp

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Project by thresher posted 09-16-2010 06:48 AM 2435 views 21 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a lathe project I had been thinking about for years but could not figure out a way to dissipate the heat from a lamp. I never did. Instead I waited until LED technology caught up with my idea. The lamp is a PAR 38 LED with a standard medium base, equivalent to a 50 watt incandescent bulb. The fixture is made from curly maple and Honduras rosewood. The base is virtually hollow so I could load up iron ballast in the backside and a 3 way touch dimmer in the front that is activated by touching the lower springs. The base swivel is limited to 180 degrease to keep it balanced.

-- Bryan - Be one with the wood, lignescent Zen.

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#1 posted 09-16-2010 07:01 AM

Cool project!

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#2 posted 09-16-2010 07:05 AM

Hi Thresher.

I love it! Where did you get the special fasteners and springs? I’d like to build one myself.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#3 posted 09-16-2010 08:50 AM

So well made, as a architect I must approve craftmanship.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#4 posted 09-16-2010 09:06 AM

Wow, this thing is awesome! I’m curious too where you got the springs and such? This would be so cool on my workbench!
Very nice wood selection BTW, it’s perfect!

-- Dale, Oregon

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#5 posted 09-16-2010 02:08 PM

Outstanding work! I really like this one!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#6 posted 09-16-2010 04:22 PM

Love the idea! Very nice!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 09-16-2010 07:58 PM

Great project! I have 5 or 6 of this kind of lamp on my woodworking equipment. I found all of them at yard sales over the years and none are as pretty as yours.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#8 posted 09-16-2010 08:00 PM

No way! That is really creative. Nice lamp…

-- GX

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#9 posted 09-16-2010 08:44 PM

Very cool!

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#10 posted 09-16-2010 09:30 PM

Like your wood engineering!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#11 posted 09-16-2010 11:10 PM

Really Cool! Excellent Job. Wellcome to LumberJocks

-- Dennis Zongker

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#12 posted 09-17-2010 05:08 AM

Cool…nice job.

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#13 posted 09-18-2010 01:57 AM

seriously nice work!!
outstanding. if i had 4 thumbs, i’d give them all up :)

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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#14 posted 09-18-2010 06:57 AM

That’s great! Nice idea, really well done. Love it!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#15 posted 01-19-2011 09:36 AM

MAD,MAD SKILLS…just like Flemming said, 4 thumbs up!!!


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