Arts and Crafts Lamp

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Project by bobthebuilderinmichigan posted 04-25-2011 04:07 AM 4430 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 04-25-2011 04:14 AM

Great looking lamp Bob great details too.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 04-25-2011 04:34 AM

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 04-25-2011 04:43 AM

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.....Steve Lien

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#4 posted 04-25-2011 04:45 AM

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 04-25-2011 05:11 AM

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 04-25-2011 05:24 AM

Well done! Great looking lamp!

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

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#7 posted 04-25-2011 03:05 PM

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 04-25-2011 03:33 PM

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 04-25-2011 11:23 PM

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


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#10 posted 04-26-2011 12:48 AM

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 04-27-2011 01:42 AM

Very nice lamp Bob!

-- Nothing's just gets expensive

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#12 posted 04-28-2011 03:55 PM

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

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#13 posted 05-01-2011 10:49 AM

Thanks all for your nice comments!

-- Bobthebuilderinmichigan

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#14 posted 11-11-2011 04:14 PM

Beautiful lamp.

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#15 posted 02-27-2012 05:28 PM

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

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

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