|Project by thresher||posted 08-19-2011 06:45 AM||3715 views||27 times favorited||9 comments|
Here we have a case of design over reaching. I used Frank Lloyd Wright as an inspiration to make a telescoping lamp. I used a coiled wire that retracts into the walnut upper section when the lamp is compressed and lays exposed between the 4 maple guides when extended. The lamps main boom is tensioned balanced with 2 springs and can pivot 90° and the base can pivot left and right 45°. The lamp source is a 9 element LED shining through 2 thin pieces of polished Plexiglas sandwiched with padauk, walnut, and maple so they pickup side illumination. The neat part is the lamp switch (the 3 inch long piece of padauk laying next to the lamp in the 1st picture) that uses magnets to hold it captive in the on or off position. The padauk switch has a center magnet that activates a conductive leaf in the base as it moves left or right. It can be lifted off the base without affecting the on-off status.
All of this was mind numbingly painful to design, build, and tweak. The end result functioned very well, and looked nice but I felt the whole effort did not pay off in the aesthetic bang I was hoping for. I still have mixed emotions when I look at it.
-- Be one with the wood, lignescent Zen.