Arts & Crafts Lamp - everyone's doing it

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Project by Douglas posted 06-29-2013 03:38 AM 3835 views 26 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The lamp is a popular one, take a look on LJs and you’ll see about 5 or so different builds of it. It’s from a set of plans from Wood magazine. But it’s so damn perfect, I had to give it a whirl. Plus I had a lot of qtr sawn white oak left over from my recent table build.

Although the angles on the frame for the shade look tricky, the plans did all the thinking for me. The “trick” was to make sure the face was on the flat side of the frames, so the ray flecks would show. Its too easy to cut them so the side grain is showing instead. It took a couple of weekends to put together, and was a lot of fun. I finished it with water based dye, sprayed garnet shellac, and then some dark paste wax. The mica for the shade and the hardware came from a kit offered with the plans. I started out trying to piece that together myself, but I ended up about 30% more than the kit, so I ordered it and was glad I did.

Now I just need to figure out where to put it in the house.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#1 posted 06-29-2013 04:21 AM

Great lamp Douglas!
I like the style, and your dye coloring too.
This piece really came out well.
Good job.

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

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#2 posted 06-29-2013 07:59 AM

Grea job and real beauty. I have seen these plans and thought it would be fun to make as well. You should be proud its a real beauty.

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

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#3 posted 06-29-2013 11:14 AM

is shouldn’t be too hard to figure out where to put something that pretty. nice work.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#4 posted 06-29-2013 01:43 PM

Very nicely done, with good grain display.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 06-29-2013 03:00 PM

Lovely job Douglas. Some nice joinery going on there too. Look right at home in that setting.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#6 posted 06-29-2013 03:52 PM

It is indeed a very nicely styled lamp. Looks awesome.

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#7 posted 06-29-2013 04:25 PM

Great work!

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#8 posted 06-29-2013 05:01 PM

Beautiful lamp

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#9 posted 06-30-2013 01:48 AM

You did the lamp justice. Looks real great.
The table looks real nice with it.

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#10 posted 06-30-2013 03:56 AM

Douglas, that’s a great lamp. I really love you execution of this :)

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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#11 posted 07-01-2013 01:21 PM

You’ve done a great job! This is an excellent looking lamp. I’ve had the plans for some time and you have given me the incentive to go forward. I will take your advise and order the kit.

-- measure once, cut once, swear, start over

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#12 posted 07-08-2013 02:48 AM

Sweet lookin lamp!

-- A person of integrity never speaks of it...he walks in it...

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#13 posted 05-05-2014 05:37 PM

Gorgeous lamp – loving the warm orange glow

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