Mission Lamp and shade

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Project by bygrace posted 236 days ago 1373 views 21 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve actually had this lamp done for a few months, but hadn’t ordered the hardware because I was too busy building other projects for Christmas. Finally got them in and installed today.

This is a style I’m sure most of you have seen. I tried to change it up a bit to make it more my own. The dimensions are a little different. I designed my own inserts for the panels in the base, styled after my Mom and Dad’s cabinets. I put a four position rotary switch in the base – top light on, bottom low watt light on, both on, both off. And added a few other details like the ridge at the top of lamp body. I also “winged it” and added the top on the shade. I think it gives it more of a complete look.

That third picture sure is a good shot of a light bulb isn’t it! Actually I just wanted to show that I finished the inside of the shade.

Made with red oak, stained, three coats of Watco natural, and a few coats of spray lacquer, ( I’ll go with white oak for my next lamp, I really like the rays in the quarter sawn). The translucent shade and inserts in the lamp are amber mica. The hardware is antiqued brass.

My next will be a little more ambitious. Check out the lamps at A real inspiration.

Thanks for looking and, being fairly new to all this, I really do appreciate any comments or suggestions. I will also try to be prompt in answering any questions.

-- Andy, Waxahachie, Tx.

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#1 posted 236 days ago

Really like the design, and craftsmanship. Look forward to seeing the one you make out of Quarter Sawn White Oak, that will really pop/

-- JustplaneJeff

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#2 posted 236 days ago

Outstanding! You really designed additions that make this lamp yours, and did an excellent job on both your designs and craftsmanship.

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

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#3 posted 236 days ago

Very nice lamp Andy…beautifully made and I really like the design. The whole build is exceptional…great job.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#4 posted 236 days ago

Great looking lamp !

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#5 posted 236 days ago

Wonderful looking lamp. Great execution.

I like the way you illuminate the base through the translucent sides. Is there another bulb inside the body of the lamp or is this just transmitted light from the outside?

-- Richard

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#6 posted 236 days ago

Very nice.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 236 days ago

Beautiful lamp. Thanks for the link, I love that stuff.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#8 posted 236 days ago

Very well done! All I can add to that is get rid of that CFL bulb! HA..seriously or I should say personally I would never use them and it’s just the reason I purchased 1,000 – 100 watt incandescent light bulbs during the last sale our Menard’s home improvement store had on them a few months ago. Other than that you really stand out with this project!

-- EdwardNorton

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#9 posted 235 days ago

That is a nice looking lamp. Well done.

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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#10 posted 235 days ago

Totally awesome – I’ve had this style of lamp on my “to do” list for years.

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#11 posted 235 days ago

I really like this. Favorited.

-- Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.

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#12 posted 235 days ago

Thanks all for your kind words. In looking at the quality build of the projects you guys have posted, it really means a lot!
Richard – There is a small night light bulb (7 watt?) in the base. It can be turned on separately from the upper s-cluster.

-- Andy, Waxahachie, Tx.

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#13 posted 235 days ago

Beautiful Mission table lamp! You did a great job on it, and I’m looking forward to your next one!

(By the way, I agree—the CFL’s gotta go…..!)

-- Dean

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#14 posted 235 days ago

Great looking lamp!

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#15 posted 235 days ago

One of the nicest looking lamps I’ve seen here on LJ. Nice job!

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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