Arts & Crafts Floor Lamp - QSWO

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Project by jpl posted 03-09-2008 04:19 PM 9823 views 23 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my newly completed floor lamp. I wanted something to complement an old Morris Chair we have, but my options were either box store / online schlok or mega expensive pieces I did not like. Plus I wanted the finish to somewhat match the chair’s finish.

The original plan came from an online article in popular mechanics, which I modified to suit my needs and style. The central post was cut from one 4/4 board, with mitered edges such that the QS figure would show all around. The base and corbels were 5/4, corbels cut with a jigsaw and spokeshaved, and all chamfers hand planed instead of routed. Someday an entire project will be hand tool built… Or at least dimensioned using power tools, then unplugged from there on!

The shade was another challenge rescued by the internet. I found a great article online on making one, which set up all the math to compute the various miter cuts for my own dimensions. In hindsight, I would have made the shade pieces rectangular and a bit smaller, instead of 3/4” square, because it is rather heavy. I build 2 forms, one inner and one outer, to help construct the four sides by keeping all angles uniform. The shade was a good exercise in lap joinery. The prototype shade was cut by hand, but not accurate enough, so the final one was cut using the tablesaw. Finally, the shade panels were cut from 1/8” plexiglass, with a muslin fabric spray glued to one side. They were then screwed into rabbets routed inside of each frame panel, so I can remove them if need be.

It was amazing that it all went together. I was sweating on the shade, with the smaller available real estate due to the compound miters and rabbets for the plexi. Just barely had room for everything.

Finished with a mix of TransTint water dyes, sealed with Waterlox sealer, glazed with two coats of Barclay Golden Oak, then two more coats of Waterlox satin.

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#1 posted 03-09-2008 04:54 PM

Oh, nice looking lamp. 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 03-09-2008 04:56 PM

well done. never thought of the plexiglass and fabric method. came out cool.

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#3 posted 03-09-2008 05:18 PM

nice work!

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#4 posted 03-09-2008 05:46 PM

top to bottom, that is an excellent piece!
Great work.

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#5 posted 03-09-2008 06:02 PM

Thank you for the article and the link to the plans! I was planning on making some table lamps to put next to the bed when I get it finished. The informatin on the lamp shades will be invaluable.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#6 posted 03-09-2008 07:09 PM

This is a nice looking lamp. As a fan of arts and craft pieces I enjoyed not only the pictures but the detailed process as well.

Thanks for sharing.

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

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#7 posted 03-09-2008 07:15 PM


Great lamp! I am in the planning phase to build a floor lamp and a table lamp both of which will require lampshades. I want to build something very similar but have struggled with how to make the lampshades. Thanks for the help as I have already saved the article you referenced.

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

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#8 posted 03-09-2008 07:52 PM


Thank you. Building a complete full-sized prototype (actually 2 – one out of cardboard to get the dimensions just right and the other out of poplar to get the angles right) made the shade doable. The equations are all laid out in that article, and do work! I built the panels with lap joints, then ripped the two angled sides on the TS. Glue and taped everything together, with a little help from 2” spring clamps. Then added the lap-joined cross piece for the shade holder.


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#9 posted 03-09-2008 08:13 PM

Sure is fun figuring out the angles——then cutting them isn’t it?
Looks good. I like you plexiglass/muslin shade material.


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#10 posted 03-09-2008 08:16 PM

Cutting the plexiglass was not fun. Scoring was a royal PiTA. I ended using my jigsaw (is there anything it can’t do?), but did manage to pop off some chips here and there if I strayed too far from the line. The material covered up all the mistakes nicely.

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#11 posted 03-09-2008 10:39 PM

Wow… very nice work. I really like the colors in the finish and the way it popped the QS grain.

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

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#12 posted 03-09-2008 10:51 PM

Hi jpl

The lamp is beautiful and you did a great job on it. Thanks for the web sights where you got the information from. My wife likes these kind of lamps and I will file the imformation away in my info file.


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#13 posted 03-10-2008 12:22 AM

Your lamp turned out good. Great job on the shade it looks like a tedious project.

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#14 posted 03-10-2008 02:24 AM

Nice look

-- Marge, Colorado

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#15 posted 03-10-2008 03:31 AM

Love it! Definitely a favorite. Excellent execution all around.

I have a perfect corner in my living room that is just crying for one of these lamps. Thanks for posting the links to the detailed plans.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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