Tripod Lamp

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Project by jkinoh posted 08-28-2015 01:45 PM 2164 views 9 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My sister had been harassing me to make a tripod lamp for her. I finally did, and after that one, made another for me. This was made from Walnut and Maple. Maple for the leg extensions. I made all the metal locking mechanism and turned/knurled knobs to lock. Way too much time spent on this one!!

The night picture is of the first one I built for my sister, which was made from Poplar and painted black (requested, not my choice).

-- Why buy it for $300 when you can make it for $500!!

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#1 posted 08-28-2015 05:20 PM

Thanks for sharing this. I have my grandfathers, early 1900’s view camera tripod. Now I know what to do with it for future generations to enjoy! Fantastic!

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#2 posted 08-28-2015 05:32 PM

Forgot to mention that the leg clamps were cut from .75” aluminum plate on my nephew’s water jet. I traded an Oak tripod lamp for a couple dozen.

-- Why buy it for $300 when you can make it for $500!!

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#3 posted 08-28-2015 05:51 PM

Good looking tripod.

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 08-28-2015 07:55 PM

Nice tripod. You MADE all the hardware? Color me impressed! VERY nice !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#5 posted 08-28-2015 11:53 PM

Extremely nice tripod! I need to make one of the these as a camera tripod. Thanks for the detailed photos!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#6 posted 08-30-2015 02:30 PM

Yes JoeinGa, I turned the knobs and “fabricated” the rest of the locking mechanism. Here are a couple close-ups. Initially I used knobs at the top bolts of the legs to lock in place. I decided to try something different on the one I was making for myself, since “cost per hour” wasn’t a factor!! I included a pic of the other tripod too.

-- Why buy it for $300 when you can make it for $500!!

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#7 posted 09-26-2015 07:48 AM

I love the lamp! I saw one here in Hornbach (big box store similar to Home Depot). I liked the design concept but the quality was terrible. Seeing yours makes me think I should make one for myself. Thanks.

-- Linda - It's only a mistake if you do it twice!

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