Wooden lamp (including the shade)

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Project by Rb12 posted 10-07-2015 12:52 PM 1137 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I always liked the way all wooden lamps looked so I decided to give this a shot and wanted to make the shade out of wood as well. I don’t have a lathe, which is the traditional way of making a wooden shade, so I used a nice thin lacewood veneer and made a maple frame to carefully float it in. The shade is removable for changing the bulb if needed, it sits on four pieces of maple with 90-degree bites cut out of the end that mate with the maple frame on the shade, although I did put a little putty on the end of them to prevent any potential slip (which would obviously pierce the veneer on the shade).

The base is maple and bloodwood, finish is Danish Oil and two coats of schellac; lighting kit was a Westinghouse package from Home Depot.

As you can see from the second pic, the lacewood illuminates a warm reddish tone and throws off the perfect amount of light for a small reading area (which is where it was intended). I used a 100W equivalent LED bulb to avoid having too much heat from an incandescent

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#1 posted 10-08-2015 12:27 AM

very nicely done! the lacewood is a great touch. great job on the shade.

been thinking of making something similar… I ended up getting some mesquite veneer, so we’ll see how that turns out…

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#2 posted 10-08-2015 12:18 PM


I always loved the way lacewood looked but cannot find it as dimensional lumber near me, so it was a pleasant surprise to find the veneer. It also took the danish oil just fine in the finish

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#3 posted 10-08-2015 04:12 PM

Could you add a photo of the inside of the shade?

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#4 posted 10-08-2015 05:05 PM

Sure I will snap a shot for you tonight

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#5 posted 10-10-2015 10:25 AM

I added an interior pic for you

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