Arts and Crafts Lamp

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Project by bobthebuilderinmichigan posted 1173 days ago 3109 views 32 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my newest project – an Arts and Crafts lamp with in internal light in the base. I also made the shade which was quite a project in and of itself. The lamp is made of quarter-sawn white oak. The translucent panels in the base are plexiglass painted with an off white spray paint. The panels in the shade are also plexiglass but they are covered in a cotton fabric on the outside and can be removed and replaced with something else if desired. This was a fun project.

-- Bobthebuilderinmichigan

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#1 posted 1173 days ago

Great looking lamp Bob great details too.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 1173 days ago

Very nice! I’m curious- this is a lot whiter than I’m used to seeing on A&C items, as opposed to the more yellow/orange look (not that I object, brighter is better in my book). Did you do that on purpose? No matter what, I really like this!

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#3 posted 1173 days ago

I made the same style lamp for a Christmas Present for my in-laws. You are correct in saying that the shade itself is a diffulcult one.

-- Measure twice and cut once.....

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#4 posted 1173 days ago

Yes, I did use a lighter color for the shade on purpose. Just thought it looked a little more contemporary AND I like more light! Thanks for the compliments!

-- Bobthebuilderinmichigan

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#5 posted 1173 days ago

Beautiful work!
I just love the Arts and Crafts look…

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#6 posted 1173 days ago

Well done! Great looking lamp!

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

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#7 posted 1172 days ago

Excellent design and excellent workmanship. I’m particularly impressed by the shade. You had some difficult angles to work with there.

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

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#8 posted 1172 days ago

I found another posting on LJ by Nils who had found an article written by Donald Mott showing how to make these lamp shades. I actually needed my mathematically gifted 21 year old son to help refresh my memory as to how to work the formulas contained in Don’s article. Once you get the angles worked out, they are dead on! Here is the link to that article: Hope this helps those of you who want to make this kind of lamp shade. I would never have been able to do it without this article!

-- Bobthebuilderinmichigan

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#9 posted 1172 days ago

Nice lamp Bob. I definitely have some lamps on my project list.


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#10 posted 1172 days ago

I can see it now Bob, you relaxing in that Morris chair you posted a few weeks back, reading a book by the light of the new lamp. Another great looking project. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#11 posted 1171 days ago

Very nice lamp Bob!

-- Nothing's just gets expensive

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#12 posted 1169 days ago

Very nice, I’m tempted to make a pair of these in the future myself. :-)

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#13 posted 1166 days ago

Thanks all for your nice comments!

-- Bobthebuilderinmichigan

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#14 posted 972 days ago

Beautiful lamp.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#15 posted 864 days ago

love the lamp. would you share the plans for it ? cheers bob

-- Ireland, Galway .... fingers! "we dont sell them"

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