Mission Floor lamp

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Project by Dusty posted 03-05-2007 09:39 PM 3247 views 12 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This floor lamp is made entirely of scrap pieces from other projects. It is part of the three lamp collection I have made.

The lamp shades are the same for two of the lamps and interchangeable. The base is made is 14×14 veneer plywood with simple homemade trim surrounding the platform. You router the profile reflecting your choice of trim.

The stem is 1 1/2 square. It is two pieces of 3/4 stock with a dado ran down the the center to accommodate the threaded rod and electrical cord .

It is finished using the 12 step mission process.

-- Dusty

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#1 posted 03-05-2007 10:39 PM

scraps… I can’t believe it.
Unbelievable beauty.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 03-05-2007 10:53 PM

Very nice lamp.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 03-05-2007 11:06 PM


Yes all scraps.
As you do more and more wood working I’m sure you will find that at the price of lumber these days you will become very efficient at layout and utilizing your raw material.

You also will begin the curse of every wood worker I know. That is ,how much and what do I save. After that decision ,the question is, now where do I put all of this so I can find it when I need it.

Sigh, it never ends.

However, I have made a lot of progress in this area. Its funny when you simply don’t have space anymore and are forced to make good decisions about material use, how good you really become at using it up.

Not to mention what ideas you can come up with to build different projects out of your scrap. With just a little bit of creativity and thinking, you would be surprised.

The same goes for the glass. Those are all pieces I have left over from my stained glass projects. I have to plan on at least 20% breakage on the glass. I also have to buy enough the first time because glass can never be matched perfectly from run to run. There is no worse feeling than to find in the middle of a project that you will run out of glass and the new glass wont match the color of the old glass. The colors and hues always vary some.

-- Dusty

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#4 posted 03-06-2007 01:18 AM

I’m thinking that I’ll have to plan the “scrap project” while planning the original project – so that the wood pile, I mean supply, doesn’t get too big.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 03-06-2007 02:25 AM

What a great scrap project… priceless, yes nearly free.

I’m reaching the point where I can’t be saving every piece of wood anymore. I decided that as the temperature stopped dropping, that I’d burn any piece of wood less that 1 BF (that wasn’t fit for the lathe). Worked for the pine, still kept the hardwoods. As the weather starts warming up, I’ll forget that rule, until I get sticker shock by the price of oil next year.

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

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#6 posted 03-06-2007 03:07 AM


I find I go through stages. It seems I can’t get my self to throw anything away. After picking up a piece of scrap that has fallen off the bench or wood stock shelf for the hundredth time I just and start throwing. It seems after a make a lumber purchase I go back to saving every thing for a while.

I go through the same with my stained glass.

-- Dusty

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#7 posted 03-06-2007 04:16 PM

Beautiful Dusty, love the glass. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 03-07-2007 09:19 AM

Dusty – Trying to catch up at Lumberjocks after a few busy days at work. Kind of hard to do with all the activity that make this such a great site. Great looking lamp – as I’ve said before you are the Mission Master! I really enjoy these projects and how uniform your finish process make the whole collection. Your house must be a treat to visit!


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#9 posted 03-07-2007 05:58 PM


Thanks. I know the feeling about trying to keep up with the posts. Its great to have that many I am just afraid I will miss something good with so many of them.

I have been told that my home is very beautiful. Any time you or any other lumberjock is in Twin Cities and would like a tour your welcome. Just email me in advance so I can make arrangements.

I can’t think of anything more fun that to give a tour to fellow lumberjocks and share a cup of coffee and some wood shop stories.

-- Dusty

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