Walnut Pump Lamp

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Project by gdaveg posted 09-05-2020 07:29 PM 792 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Lamp is version 3 of mostly identical projects. The first one was made in my Junior High shop class, think 8th grade. It was made of heart cypress and only hand tools were used. I gave to my older sister about 1970, it is at my nephews home in Slidell, LA. It was finished with Johnson’s floor wax.

Version 2 was built in High School wood shop, think 11th grade. It was built from walnut. That project utilized radial arm saw, drill press and hand tools. My first grand daughter has that as her bedside reading lamp. Also finished with Johnson’s floor wax.

Version 3 was built in the wood shop in Sun City Oro Valley, AZ in 2019. Had all the power tools, jointer, planer, TS, drill press, etc. This lamp is constructed so it can be disassembled to refinish or put new fixture or wires in. Screws to attach cap and base to box. The “trough” is attached with double back tape. This lamp has a 3-way fixture. Finish is Deft spray lacquer.

If were to do it again would locate pump handle 1/2” higher to allow more chain clearance with cap, and reconfigure pump handle to look more like the ones on my grand fathers farm (curves downward at end).

Will attach two more pictures when I figure out how to rotate them 90 degrees.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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#1 posted 09-05-2020 07:40 PM

Another picture

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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#2 posted 09-05-2020 10:19 PM

Nicely done.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 09-06-2020 02:12 PM

Excellent lamp!

I really appreciate the story of this lamps evolution. You should get a picture of all three together someday.

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#4 posted 09-06-2020 05:25 PM

I have added the 2 additional pictures after fussing around and getting them the correct orientation.

I read LBD’s blog about how to get pictures to post in correct orientation. I too hate looking at pictures sideways. I wish I could delete my post directly below the original post, maybe a moderator can make it disappear while leaving the original post and comments by others intact.

I am a Mac and iPhone user since about 2014. It is a totally new world vs. PC’s that I used in my career.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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#5 posted 09-07-2020 02:30 AM

Cool looking lamp. Great job. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#6 posted 09-08-2020 01:14 PM

I love that switch. Great idea!

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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#7 posted 03-01-2021 03:42 AM

Wow, that brings back memories. That was one of my first shop projects back in jr. high too. Very cool…Thanks for the memories…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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