Arts & Crafts Lamp

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Project by Mean_Dean posted 469 days ago 2443 views 35 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!

-- Dean

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#1 posted 469 days ago

Looks nice! I have considered building one of those lamps.

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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#2 posted 469 days ago

That is a beautiful design – and you did a great job with it!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 469 days ago

Beautiful,beautiful lamp,great job.

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#4 posted 469 days ago

its ink

at its best

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#5 posted 469 days ago

LOVE IT!!!! Just added to my favorites.

I really like your “good”, “bad” and “ugly” commentary. Bummer on the bulbs showing, I know what you mean. Perhaps, elongating the shade sides and using a higher angle so as to extend the shade down a bit further. Then, though, you’d be hiding that lovely wood profile. I guess you could just lower/extend that down too.

-- You don't have a custom made heirloom fly fishing Net?

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#6 posted 469 days ago

Beautiful job. Very nicely done! Just curious, how’d you cut the mica? Was it it difficult or require any special tools?

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#7 posted 469 days ago

Great looking lamp!

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#8 posted 469 days ago

Real nice.

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#9 posted 469 days ago

Very elegant and nicely done. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#10 posted 469 days ago

Beautiful job. Beautiful lamp.
When I saw the plans in Wood, I figure that frame would be tough. You mastered it, though. Congratulations.
Once again, this is one sweet piece.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#11 posted 469 days ago

Very nice. Just added it to my favorites. I may adapt this design to a floor standing lamp. How are the “arms” that hold the shade up attached? Just glued into mortises/slots? Oh, I’ll bet they’re sliding dovetails!

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#12 posted 468 days ago

Impressive project. Looks like a classic arts and crafts piece.

Good job!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#13 posted 468 days ago

Amazing shade

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#14 posted 468 days ago

Beautiful! Love the arts and crafts stuff!

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