Floor Lamp

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Project by Waldo88 posted 10-15-2015 08:00 PM 1393 views 5 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch


I finished up this floor lamp a couple months ago, it was something I had wanted to make for my living room for a long time. The general gist came from a few lamps I saw photos of; over time I figured out how I could feasibly build something similar.

The lamp is made from laminated pallet wood (2 pallets total). Mango wood I believe, though I’m not 100% sure (definitely not a domestic wood). The pallets had an origin stamp from S. China. When I came across these pallets, the lamp I had been kicking around in my head is what immediately came to mind.

It stands about 6’5” tall to the top of the harp.


I laminated it layer by layer (a long and tedious process). Each piece was jointed and flattened with handplanes, and cut to shape on the bandsaw. Butt joints were cut with my miter saw. Each layer was flattened perfectly smooth with handplanes prior to gluing the next layer. I tried to avoid knots, chips, and holes in the finished surface as best I could, pallet wood isn’t the best material, but its free.

The final shape was carved with a spokeshave, rasp, and belt sander.

I also did the electrical work and made the lampshade. The shade needed to be so big to look right that finding the perfect shade would be impossible. Fortunately shades are’t too hard to make.


While the wood looked good its natural color, a darker walnut-ish color worked better with our decor (and is what the wife preferred).

I used transtint dye for the first step in coloring. After that I put on a couple coats of Watco danish oil in medium wanut, then finished it off with some furniture wax.

A much more detailed build write up can be found here:

Thanks for taking a look!

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#1 posted 10-16-2015 01:42 AM

Wow, it must have taken forever to carve the body by hand. I assumed it was turned on a lathe in 2 pieces. I like the shape.

-- Glen

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#2 posted 10-16-2015 12:01 PM

Also thought lamp turned on a lathe also until read narrative and looked at accompanying photos. Really outstanding floor lamp & shade thanks for sharing.

-- Bill

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#3 posted 10-16-2015 01:31 PM


I don’t even own a lathe, let alone one big enough to turn something the size of this lamp.

For being such a simple tool, a spokeshave is surprisingly effective at removing material and making pieces round.

I also really like the close but not quite perfect look that says “I didn’t come from a factory”.

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