Mission Style Floor Lamps

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Project by Ampeater posted 2340 days ago 13043 views 16 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed these lamps after looking at lots of different designs. I built one for myself and one for my brother. He did the cut glass work and I did the wood work.

The hardest part was making the oak frames for the lamp shades. I hate compound miter joints.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#1 posted 2340 days ago

They look very nice. Great job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 2340 days ago

Let it shine! Nice job.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#3 posted 2340 days ago

Very nice lamps. Great job!
I hear you about the compound miter joints.
Anything special you did to glue the shade frame together?


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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 2340 days ago

These are very nice lamps. They will be the focal point of any room in which they are placed.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 2340 days ago

Stellar job! I am about to start a Mission style end table, a floor lamp, and a desk lamp. I am now having second thoughts about the floor lamp. I really like these, how about some detail?

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

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#6 posted 2339 days ago

Outstanding…. Out curiosity, how long did they take to build?

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#7 posted 2339 days ago

Chris – I have no idea how long it took me to build them. I am retired and I only work for a few hours a day on my projects. Overall if took about one month, but I don’t know how many hours.

Dano – I have details and can send them to you. Let me know your e-mail address.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#8 posted 2339 days ago

Terrific looking lamps, and it must have been great to be able to pool your talents with your brother’s to complete them!

-- Robb

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#9 posted 2336 days ago

Wow, these are really top notch!

I’ve considered making some table top lamps, but now that may change. this could be a good project for me to work on with my wife. I bet she’d like to do the stained glass work…

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#10 posted 2335 days ago

Very nice! And two of them, too.

I just completed an A&C floor lamp, and shade. Used plexiglass with glued-on fabric. Would have liked to use stained glass, but did not have a person close by to do it reasonably, and haven’t acquired that skill myself (yet).


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#11 posted 1842 days ago

Ampeater, Nice lamps. I found your post while searching Google for A&C floor lamp styles. I’m also working on my own version of that A&C lamp. Curious of your dimensions. I had trouble with the dimensions from a different photo of that lamp, but I think I’m finally close. I have mine with the main body (4 sq pcs) at 1 1/8 ” sq with my base pcs at (largest to smallest) 10”, 8”, 6”, 4” (4” being the piece the main body pcs mounted to (I didn’t add the spacer as you did at the bottom).

I made a mock up out of plywood and scraps (less the total height) to try to get the right proportions before commiting my good stock (I’m making mine out of mahogany). You can view a pic of my mockup at my website:

I’d appreciate your comments as to my measurements.


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#12 posted 1841 days ago

Hi Chugbug,

I think that the sizes of the base pieces will depend on the size of the rest of the lamp. My lamps were approximately 62” tall and I thought that the base needed to be 12” square. The 3 pieces are 12”, 10” and 8” square. I have plans in a PDF file that I can send to you if that would help.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#13 posted 1514 days ago

Here is a link to get to the plans for this lamp.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#14 posted 1112 days ago

I love your design. thank you for posting a link to the plans.

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#15 posted 822 days ago

What a great lookin’ pair of lamps! I’m looking to build something similar for the living room. Do you still have the plans for these? The link you posted no longer works. Thanks for sharing with us!

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