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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 superbrightleds.com. I bought the plastic tube from mcmastercarr.com. 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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Dakkar

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#1 posted 413 days ago

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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aussiedave

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#2 posted 413 days ago

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

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JSB

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ASUAlumni02

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#4 posted 413 days ago

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

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deon

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#5 posted 413 days ago

Looks great!

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Ken90712

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#6 posted 413 days ago

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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Roger

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#7 posted 413 days ago

Very unique.

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 413 days ago

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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woodshaver

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#9 posted 413 days ago

Cool lamp! Bright Idea! Great Job!

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

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Rick

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#10 posted 413 days ago

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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MarkTheFiddler

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#11 posted 413 days ago

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

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 413 days ago

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

helluvawreck aka Charles
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Wdwerker

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#13 posted 413 days ago

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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Rick

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#14 posted 413 days ago

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

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USMC_Buckaroo

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#15 posted 413 days ago

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’ ; – )

Buck.

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