Arts and Crafts Style Walnut Table Lamp

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Project by J. Curtis Goforth posted 11-21-2013 06:51 PM 3263 views 23 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, I finally finished this lamp that I’ve spent over a year making! This was by far the most difficult thing I’ve made to date, not including the five stitches I received in the web of my left hand as a result of paring the corners of the shade with an extremely sharp chisel and no clamping device…lesson learned the hard way.

I was given some walnut by a friend, but it was sawn too thin to use for furniture once it was milled. So, although these are usually made of quartersawn white oak, I made this one out of walnut. I initially wanted to use amber mica for the shade, but I found this wonderful stained glass and when it is illuminated it looks very similar to mica. It has a lot more interest when it is not illuminated too (see picture 3).

I learned a lot from this project, and I didn’t think I’d ever get it done. So, thanks for looking. The plans were based off several different lamps I had seen and adapted to fit the stock and tools I had at my disposal.

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#1 posted 11-21-2013 06:56 PM

i have a hoof for a thumb as a result of a chisel and an unclamped workpiece. Really nice looking project. I love arts and crafts projects not done in quartersawn oak. great job!

-- Kevin H. --Pennsylvania

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#2 posted 11-21-2013 07:10 PM

I need to make one of these. Nice work….where’s my list?

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#3 posted 11-21-2013 08:26 PM

Looks great. I like the combination of the walnut and the stained glass.

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

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#4 posted 11-21-2013 08:41 PM

Very attractive and I like the stain glass, especially when illuminated!

-- 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 11-21-2013 11:46 PM

What a wonderful lamp. Great craftsmanship and I really like the glass.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#6 posted 11-22-2013 12:46 AM

Very classic and classy design. It is good to see some A&C projects in “alternative” woods. Well done!

-- Art

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#7 posted 11-22-2013 02:31 AM

That’s a great looking lamp, and the stained glass looks really neat. Mica is so much easier to work with, but the stained glass really looks good. Nice choice. I just bought some Peruvian walnut and was considering making another lamp. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction!

-- Andy, Waxahachie, Tx.

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#8 posted 11-22-2013 02:39 AM

Very nice A/C lamp! I love walnut, and it looks great on your lamp. I also love the stained glass panels!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#9 posted 11-22-2013 03:09 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!


-- A Chip On The Shoulder Usually Indicates Wood Higher Up. (Rick, Ontario, Canada)

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#10 posted 11-22-2013 03:10 AM

Nice! We (the wife and I) bought a lamp along those lines awhile back. I would rather make my own, but this we liked, and it had the added benefit of already being done.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#11 posted 11-22-2013 04:24 AM

nothing like literally putting blood into a project. Makes you feel a lot more ownership of it.

Very nice job all around, and way to stick with it. the shade is awesome, too!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#12 posted 11-23-2013 12:03 AM

This is a great lamp. Thank you for sharing, I will have to make one based on this design as a gift for relatives.

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#13 posted 05-05-2014 05:33 PM

Beautiful, love the ambient light that stained glass puts out. This lampmaking thing is really catching my interest..

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