Mountain Wall Lamp

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Project by swirt posted 02-28-2021 02:47 PM 564 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son needed a desk light, but had little room on his desk, so I came up with a design for a desk light that hangs on the wall. His workspace is in our family room so the light also had to look nice whether on or off.
The mountains are made up of three layers of Cypress each finished slightly differently for contrast. The back mountains are burned and finished with dark tung oil. The middle mountain is the lightest and finished with just regular Tung oil. The mountains in the foreground are finished with dark Tung oil.

1. Lights on
2. Lights off
3. Lights inserted and wire chases carved in
4. Close up of one light and the dimmer switch
5. The back side of the lamp that faces the wall
6. The mountain wall lamp in place over his desk

This was a pretty easy build and I really like how functional it is and that fact the lights are recessed so that they do not beam you in the eyes regardless of where you are in the room.

Moure gnarly details and photos at the source.
Source: Mountain Wall Light

-- Galootish log blog,

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#1 posted 02-28-2021 03:28 PM

Neat idea Swirt! I like how you abandoned the concept that a wall light had to look like a wall light 8^)

Only bummer in my mind is that cord, not much that can be done there and always a bugger to deal with.

Fine project!

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#2 posted 02-28-2021 04:18 PM

I like that. It would go well with a coat rack I made for my grandsons.

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#3 posted 02-28-2021 04:54 PM

@splintergroup Thanks. Yes the cord is a bummer. That was my thought too as soon as I hung it on the wall.. I plan to run it behind the wall sometime… when my honey-do list shortens up a bit.

@BurlyBob Thanks. If you choose to make one, have fun.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 02-28-2021 05:43 PM

Pretty slick idea. Nice work

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 02-28-2021 09:05 PM

Cool project. Very custom. Nice addition to your sons room. Nice design on that no glair.

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

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#6 posted 02-28-2021 11:18 PM

Thanks @woodbutcherbynight and @mtnwild

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 03-01-2021 02:45 AM

Nice piece of wall art! I like the lights but mostly the creative way you layered and finished the woods. Great job!

-- AJ

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#8 posted 03-01-2021 02:56 AM

Thanks AJ1104. It was a fun project to play a little bit.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 03-07-2021 02:35 PM

Really nice idea, to make it into a wee dream scape.
Now he can work and dream of when he need a little break.
Every kid should have such a father.
Best thoughts and a warm smile,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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James E McIntyre

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#10 posted 03-07-2021 04:27 PM

Nice lights Swift I checked out your web page. The drawing and execution was nice. I agree with Splinter about the cord but you could always paint it white or the color or the color of the wall.

The lights are great. You can buy almost anything from Amazon but you can’t buy a frigging Dr Seuss book.
I don’t buy from Jeff anymore. I find there other mom and pop sellers out there that weren’t put out of business yet by Amazon.

-- James E McIntyre

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#11 posted 03-09-2021 03:16 AM

@mafe Thank you. I think I look at it and dream more than he does. No mountains in Florida :)

@James E MacIntyre Thanks. That’s a good idea about painting the cord. I ate making holes in the wall… because eventually, I have to repair the holes in the wall. ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#12 posted 03-09-2021 07:50 PM

Laughs, yes it’s often like that with the things we make.
Big smile.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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