Layered Lamp

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Project by Rick posted 06-12-2013 12:46 AM 2347 views 25 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw this lamp on a website and decided to make it. Each layer can move independent of the rest. I just like the spiral look the best. The largest diameter layer, and base, are 14” dia. The total height is 20”.
I used cheap pine boards, not even poplar, from my local big box store. I bought the led light strips, wall adapter, dimmer and switch from I bought the plastic tube from The tube is 3.5” diameter and 1/4” thick. I couldn’t find a frosted tube so I bought a clear one and tried sanding the outside of it to get a frosted effect. It still isn’t very great and I’m not positive what my solution will be. The switch actually came in a housing that I took apart.

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#1 posted 06-12-2013 12:51 AM

That’s a very cool design, Rick. I really like that. It looks like you could pivot it so that you get an interesting light pattern on the wall for a mood effect.

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#2 posted 06-12-2013 03:34 AM

I am with Dakkar….a very cool and interesting design.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#3 posted 06-12-2013 04:21 AM

Very creative. :) Great job!

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#4 posted 06-12-2013 04:42 AM

That is really neat! Are you going to stain it?


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#5 posted 06-12-2013 05:47 AM

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#6 posted 06-12-2013 07:56 AM

Very creative and cool project. They have a spray paint that will frost. I like the Led idea and the whole thing is great!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 06-12-2013 10:42 AM

Very unique.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#8 posted 06-12-2013 11:40 AM

That is a cool lamp!! Nice build!!................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 06-12-2013 12:02 PM

Cool lamp! Bright Idea! Great Job!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#10 posted 06-12-2013 12:08 PM

Thanks very much guys. I appreciate it.
ASUAlumni02 – I don’t plan to stain it as the pine would take the stain rather poorly I believe. I would have used walnut and finished it with danish oil but the price of the walnut I would have needed seemed unreasonable.
Ken90712 – I’ll look into the frost spray paint. I assume that if I sprayed the outside that I would see marks from the layers as they were played with and rotated. Alternatively, I don’t think I could get an even spray down the inside a 2’ long, 3” dia tube.

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#11 posted 06-12-2013 12:15 PM

Awesome design! That is an ultra cool and unique lamp.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#12 posted 06-12-2013 12:36 PM

This is certainly different and you did a fine job on it. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 06-12-2013 01:04 PM

Try a sandpaper flap/mop wheel on the inside of the tube to frost it. Put a small one on a long bit extension at low rpm’s and go at it.
Great lamp! Kind of a play on the spiral wind catchers that have a threaded rod up the middle.

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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#14 posted 06-12-2013 01:06 PM

Wdwerker – That’s a great idea! Thank you.

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#15 posted 06-12-2013 01:34 PM

Howdy Rick,

Great creation pard’! The overall concept is intriguing, and we’ve already covered the use of inexpensive materials…it would indeed be an interesting project for alternate materials.

As to your ‘frosting’ query…I would simply sandblast it. Mount the tube to a wooden base and mount that to a lazy susan and slowly spin it as you blast from a distance (determined by your medium, and your air pressure) this would avoid any overlaps or ‘ganging’ in your frosting.

But that’s what I would do….whadda I know tho’ ; – )


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