Desk / shop lamp #1: First images and web site for plans

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Blog entry by PopsHuckster posted 03-16-2011 11:14 PM 4316 reads 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I saw a lamp like this about a year ago and was intrigued by it’s design. I didn’t find a pattern for it until last Winter when I couldn’t get back out into the shop to do any work but downloaded the plans. I recently found a newer set of plans at the ‘Instructable’ site and downloaded them too.

I was designing an LED lamp for it to replace the original high intensity lamp on the first one I found when I came across the second set of plans. I added nut and bolt heads to the pivot dowels to add some character and now will design a better looking lamp head to hold the LED screw in bulb. I’m thinking something along the line of a Transformer character since this will most likely end up with one of the grandsons.

This is my progress so far. Note nut and bolt heads on pivot dowel points.

This is a picture of the newest set of plans with the LED lamp head. I’ll post some more pics as i progress along.

-- Pop

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#1 posted 03-17-2011 12:17 AM

That’s cool! I may have to give that a try.


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#2 posted 03-18-2011 02:11 AM

I’m looking forward to this series.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#3 posted 03-18-2011 02:20 AM

That is so cool


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#4 posted 03-28-2011 01:00 AM

OK…a couple weeks into project and time for update.
Base and all regular parts cut out and dry assembled. Used about a pound of ball bearings in base for stability.

Started to put together the lamp head. Was going to design it to resemble a Transformer character but weight cut that short so now I think a set of jaws from a digger bucket might work.

I decided to feed the wiring through looms/stand-offs instead of just running zip cord up through and connecting it to the lamp socket. I like the look of the industrial/construction effect it gives.

Let me know of any suggestion you might have. This will probably be the only one of these I do…life is short and there’s a lot more designs I want to try before I can’t do the shop anymore.

-- Pop

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#5 posted 03-31-2011 08:17 PM

Ok…gettin there. Drew up and cut out ‘claws’ for the lamp head, wired the whole thing up and added more standoffs and a cover for the electric wiring.

Full size shot with electric on!

The ‘claws’ as the boys call them. Waddyathink? Be truthfull!

Cover for the electric area. I also made covers for the side holes of the foot assembly out of black picture frame matting but you could use almost anything that will keep fingers out of the holes on the side where the electric wires are spliced together..

I guess the next thing is to finish steel wooling the pieces than putting a finish on the whole thing.

-- Pop

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#6 posted 03-31-2011 09:00 PM

Very nice piece of work. I can only imagine the hours you put into it. How do you plan to put finish on it, disassemble it?

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#7 posted 04-03-2011 03:48 AM

Will have to dis-assemble some to finish. Mostly around the moving joints. Can leave the arms and base together to finish. Leaning toward an oil to bring out the different wood colors. It’ll be inside so a urethane or harder finish won’t be necessary. I’m toying with making a different knob for the light switch too… maybe a ‘Construction Site’ sign or a BIG wrench. Not sure.

-- Pop

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