Wife buys lampshade, requests floor lamp to be made

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Project by DohBoy posted 06-11-2011 04:24 PM 2140 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this lampshade comes home a coupla years ago and my wife asks: “Can you make me a floor lamp out of this? Oh yeah, make it art deco, and try to incorporate elements of the Chrysler building.”

Huh. Really? I think, draw, and toss many ideas. Finally, I decided on the tapered square column you see here. The height of each of the sections was arrived at through trial and error drawings (CAD programs are quite useful to the designer/builder woodworker :) ) reviewed by SWMBO. The column and base are birch and the accents are walnut.

Each section sockets into the one below… was an interesting project. I don’t know how art deco it is but I think it turned out pretty well.

-- I am an anal-retentive procrastinator. Is it a wonder my projects never get done?

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#1 posted 06-11-2011 04:30 PM

I like it. Well done.

-- MW |

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#2 posted 06-11-2011 04:41 PM

Your wife (rightfully) has a lot of confidence in your ability, hence the request. Job well done, it looks great.

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#3 posted 06-11-2011 04:41 PM

Looks great. I like the Chrysler Building idea. I’m a big fan of AutoCAD too.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#4 posted 06-11-2011 05:16 PM

Looks like you met the requirements admirably! Nice project.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 06-11-2011 05:17 PM

That lamp stand goes perfectly with that shade. Nice job.

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#6 posted 06-11-2011 05:25 PM

I really like what you did with the footprint/base. Nice job.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 06-11-2011 06:02 PM

Excellent design and well done!

The immediate impression I had before reading the backstory was “it has an art deco feel.”

After reading it I would say you accomplished your design goal;)

Great Job!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Gene Howe

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#8 posted 06-11-2011 07:02 PM

Very nice!
Van Alen would be proud, too.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 06-11-2011 07:08 PM

Well done. It seems to meet all the specs! Nice job on it!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 06-11-2011 11:12 PM

Very nice job! I woulda scratched my head for quite a while and surely not come up with something so great! Ps – yer lucky, she could have brought home a lamp and expected a new room or worse a new house!

-- I don't know what this is going to be like, but there's only one way to find out..........

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#11 posted 06-11-2011 11:17 PM

Mission accomplished. I like your delivery, as well as your product. Very well done, my friend.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#12 posted 06-11-2011 11:52 PM

I appreciate a challenge and it got me thinking about forms that weren’t always linear. My wife was greatly pleased with the result too.

-- I am an anal-retentive procrastinator. Is it a wonder my projects never get done?

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#13 posted 06-12-2011 02:58 AM

very nice

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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