|Project by Mean_Dean||posted 05-09-2013 02:04 AM||3566 views||36 times favorited||30 comments|
This is an Arts & Crafts lamp, made out of QSWO, which has a mica-panel lampshade.
I got the plans for this lamp from Wood Magazine’s online store. The plans include where to purchase the electrical/mica panel parts, which come as a kit.
It’s really a two-part project, with an easy part, and a difficult part. The easy part is the lamp base. It’s very easy cutting and construction, with just a little template routing.
The lampshade frame is the difficult part. It consists of several matching compound-miter half-lap joints. Plus the workpieces are relatively thin, so that makes them a bit more difficult to get through the tablesaw. The angles on this lampshade frame are critical – if you goof any of them up, the lampshade won’t assemble properly. Accurate set-ups, and stopblocks are essential!
The finish is a recipe I got from fellow Lumberjock, TJCROSS, from one of his clock projects. Briefly, it’s a couple coats of dye, sanding sealer, and dark briwax.
Time for the good, the bad, and the ugly:
The Good: The lampshade! Amazingly, it came out perfectly the first time! I thought for sure I was going to screw it up!
The Bad: The light bulb sockets are set a little low inside the lampshade. If your eyes are just a hair lower than the bottom edge of the shade, you can see the bulbs, which I don’t like. With this design, you can’t raise the bulbs any higher because they’ll hit the mica panels.
The Ugly: The plans call for affixing the mica panels to the inside of the lampshade frame with clear silicon caulking. I don’t think I did a great job squeezing out the silicon from the tube. I’m not a professional caulker by trade, and it shows! But since it’s on the underside of the lampshade, you can’t see it.
As always, any comments are appreciated!