Mission Style Floor Lamps

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Project by Ampeater posted 03-04-2008 11:32 PM 22736 views 19 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 03-04-2008 11:54 PM

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 03-05-2008 12:39 AM

Let it shine! Nice job.

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

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Tim Pursell

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#3 posted 03-05-2008 12:46 AM

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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#4 posted 03-05-2008 01:08 AM

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 03-05-2008 02:52 AM

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 03-05-2008 03:25 PM

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 03-05-2008 04:23 PM

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 03-05-2008 04:41 PM

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 03-09-2008 07:11 AM

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 03-09-2008 07:57 PM

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 07-15-2009 11:55 PM

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 07-16-2009 07:05 PM

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 06-08-2010 05:37 PM

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 07-16-2011 03:51 AM

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

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#15 posted 04-30-2012 02:21 PM

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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