Mission Style Lamps

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Project by NikBrown posted 03-29-2013 12:19 PM 3145 views 12 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve wanted to play with a little arts and craft’s / mission style stuff for a while. So as we redo our family room I’m working on a couple pieces. My wife and I took a 2 hr stained glass class a couple months ago and had a lot of fun. So we were looking for a good first project…. We may have gone a little more complicated than most people do for a first project.

I designed the glass pattern and base on the computer with my wife looking over my shoulder. My wife and I did all the stained glass work together, which was really cool!

I made the bases out of quarter sawn white oak and hid the wiring in the back “leg”. Not a very complicated design but it think it’s kind of “missiony” and goes decent with the shades. They were a quick and basic build sue to a very time time schedule currently.

Because we stained all the trim and a built-in in that room DARK Brown (almost black) and the walls are such a rich color. my wife wanted me to keep the wood somewhat on the lighter side of many arts and crafts finishes. I didn’t really want to play with fuming so this is what I came up with.

Finishing Schedule:
Golden Oak Danish Oil, Amber Shilac, 320 grit, Dark Brown danish oil to fill pores, Amber Shilac, 320 grit, General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Satin, 320 grit, General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Satin

I love working on joint projects with my wife, it was a lot of fun! :D

-- - Where woodworking and technology somehow get along.

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#1 posted 03-29-2013 12:29 PM

Looks great!

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#2 posted 03-29-2013 12:45 PM

Good build! I have a question, how did you run the wiring?

-- "A woodworking project is either a masterpiece or a POS" Dr. Lang

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#3 posted 03-29-2013 12:56 PM

A hole in the base, and a groove up the back leg, and then into the top divider and up the post supporting the shade. You can see somewhat in this pic. The post supporting the shade is a hollow threaded rod used in most lamps with a piece of copper pipe painted black around it. .

-- - Where woodworking and technology somehow get along.

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#4 posted 03-29-2013 01:38 PM

It’ a real nice lamp and I bet that you and your wife had a lot of fun.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 03-29-2013 01:50 PM

Very cool lamp unique and wonderful.

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#6 posted 03-29-2013 01:58 PM

I love it! Would love to replace my old floor lamp with something like this!

-- Janette, Intarsia Artist & Contributing Editor Creative Woodworks & Crafts Magazine

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#7 posted 03-29-2013 03:56 PM

Very nice style and execution overall. It’s cool that you both had a hand in making it.

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#8 posted 03-29-2013 04:53 PM

Looks great!

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#9 posted 03-29-2013 08:00 PM

Great looking lamps, Nik. I especially like the shades. Nice website too. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#10 posted 03-29-2013 08:47 PM

nice job

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#11 posted 04-02-2013 01:47 PM

Looks fantastic! Beautiful design and choice of materials. Like the stained glass, gave a nice light effects which makes the room classy. Great teamwork!

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