table lamps

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Project by StLouisWoodworker posted 08-02-2011 10:23 PM 1411 views 4 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The shape of the base of these table lamps is hexagonal, 4 inches on an edge at the bottom, with the sides sloping 5 degrees from vertical to a height of 13 inches. The body of the base is made from padauk veneer, hide-glued onto 3/4 inch MDF. The trim on the top, bottom and splines is Pennsylvania cherry. The harp adds another 12 inches to make an overall height of 25 inches. To calculate the table saw setup for cutting the compound angles required for the base, I wrote a little program that runs on my Android phone. The number of sides (6 for the lamps) and the slope of the sides (5 degrees for the lamps) are input, and the program returns the tilt angle of the saw blade and the angle for setting the miter gauge. In case others might find it useful, I have posted the program on the ‘hobbies’ page of my website at The 5 inch high brass feature on the front of the base is a drawer handle obtained from Horton Brasses ( and inset in the base to leave the top of its surface slightly proud of the surrounding wood. This serves not just as a decorative feature but, also, as the switch to turn the lamp on and off. A light touch of the brass handle, or any other metal part of the lamp, such as the brass finial on top, turns the lamp on or off. The electrical components for the touch switch were obtained from ( I used a low wattage LED lightbulb, which is expensive but, what the heck, after all of the work that went into making the lamp, it seemed a minor expense. I made 8 of these lamps and will give them in pairs to my children.

-- Don Snyder (38.6N, 90.3W)

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#1 posted 08-03-2011 01:05 AM

Handsome lamp Don. I like the color of the wood. The lamp appears to be sitting on a pretty nice table too. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#2 posted 08-03-2011 03:25 PM

Great looking lamp. They will make great presents for your kids.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#3 posted 08-03-2011 04:07 PM

Very nice. I think your children will cherish them. Thanks for sharing.

-- Then, Than, Their, There, They're, To, Too, Two.....Pine, Maple, Walnut....We need to know the difference.....

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