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Project by RobS posted 02-07-2007 02:14 AM 3321 views 11 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw a larger, square, wood-framed lamp once with paper attached for a shade and thought to myself, “hmm a square lamp that’s kind cool” and then said the line a typical do-it-yourselfer always says “I could make something like that!”

I took that idea and combined it with the idea of wanting to use some form of wood for the shade, (other than paper that is) and came up with this lamp. I’ve built 4 other full-size, more typical lamps that required purchasing a shade but this one I really like simply for its uniqueness (unique to me anyway) and smaller size. It measures roughly 5 X 5 X 12 and takes a C7 bulb. The entire piece including the vertical lattice work is cedar while the horizontal lattice was cut from some scrap ash I had lying around. I initially intended on using a tighter weave for the shade but quickly figured out I couldn’t flex the 1/16 inch thick shade pieces without breaking something. Besides, the open weave made for a better light source and a cooler environment for the bulb. And the best part was that I was able to give it as a gift so that always makes it more special.

Thanks for looking.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#1 posted 02-07-2007 02:53 AM

Rob, this is very nice. I think the open weave is preferable. I imagine the shadow pattern it casts on the walls would be really effective.

I think you would have been able to flex the wood had you soaked it in water. Worth a try.

What joinery did you use to attach the legs to the rails? What is the finish?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#2 posted 02-07-2007 03:20 AM

It is very nice… and looks great in my house!

thanks again!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#3 posted 02-07-2007 04:11 AM

great idea, nice work, would look good in anyone’s house.

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#4 posted 02-07-2007 05:31 AM

Don, Thanks and Yes thought about the water after the fact but I’m happy with the weave. I thought the shadow effects were cool too. Actually used glue and round toothpicks as dowel rods for joinery. Routered a groove to accept the weave.

Scott, you’re welcome glad you like it.

Bud, Thanks for the comments.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#5 posted 02-07-2007 05:32 AM

Also Don the finish is just Watco teak oil.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#6 posted 02-07-2007 05:34 AM

Hey that’s really a cool idea! Love the design. Thanks for sharing your project.

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Mark A. DeCou

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#7 posted 02-07-2007 05:32 PM

very nice. Combining electricity and woodworking is pretty cool huh!

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#8 posted 02-07-2007 06:00 PM

Very nice Rob, we received a gift of a hanging lamp with a wooden shade years ago. It’s hard to match the beauty of the light filtering through mother natures wood.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#9 posted 02-08-2007 03:29 AM

I like it alot, very nice work Rob

-- Cheers

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#10 posted 02-08-2007 05:46 AM

Thanks for the kuddos Mark, Dick and Shawn. I really appreciate the comments.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#11 posted 08-02-2007 11:01 PM

That is a cool looking light.
I think woodworking and electricity go well together .
Nice work Rob.

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#12 posted 08-02-2007 11:23 PM

SWEET … what a great gift

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#13 posted 08-02-2007 11:42 PM

Thanks John! I must think so too, I’ve built 4 -5 different lamps, I like this for its uniqueness.

Thanks Debbie! I think all 4- 5 have gone away as gifts, so I think they make good gift too.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#14 posted 08-03-2007 04:34 PM

Great lamp! I like it when people take the time to give a little bit of detail and a story around the piece. Thanks!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#15 posted 08-03-2007 06:24 PM

Glad this surfaced again. Well done Rob. It looks like you better make some more. After all, Christmas is less than 5 months away.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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