Desk lamp

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Project by Asher posted 01-29-2011 08:38 PM 6252 views 89 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built twelve of these desk lamps for christmas this year. I got the idea from one of my woodworking magazines except it was a floor size lamp. I also add a detail to the top using a 3/8” bead bit and a 3/4” box core bit. A 1/8” round over bit was used to add detail to the pannel edge of each rail. The pannels are 1/8” lexan with ouilted maple veneer laminated to them with epoxy. The tops and bodies were sprayed seperately with laquer and asssembled a few days later. I had a hard time getting my camera to take a good picture with the light on but trust me it looks better in person. Hope all you jocks enjoy!

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#1 posted 01-29-2011 08:42 PM

Nice looking lamp.

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#2 posted 01-29-2011 09:25 PM

Awesome, I love it! I saw this in one of my mags as well, and thought about making a smaller version as well. I like how the legs are just a little proud of the rails. It’s all in the details. What type of epoxy did you use? Cause I’m definitely making one now. What is the overall size of this? The colours in this project are beautiful. Very well done.

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#3 posted 01-29-2011 10:33 PM

That is awesome. I want to make one now as well.

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#4 posted 01-29-2011 11:14 PM

Add me to the list of wanting to make one. In what magazine can this project be found?

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#5 posted 01-29-2011 11:31 PM

Wow, very impressive.

How much real estate does it take up on a desk top? looks to be about a square foot???

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#6 posted 01-29-2011 11:48 PM

Nice job. Love that quilted maple.


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#7 posted 01-30-2011 12:04 AM

Great looking project. Excellent choice of woods.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 01-30-2011 12:36 AM

I like the effect when the light is on. Wonderful.

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#9 posted 01-30-2011 03:56 AM

Oh yea. My next project! I need to match some furniture in the bedroom. What type of lights did you use? LEDs?

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#10 posted 01-30-2011 04:41 AM

Those are gorgeous!!

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#11 posted 01-30-2011 04:53 AM

I recently saw an article for one of these, too – but it was too large and I never put much thought into scaling it down. This is a great size, and very well done. Love the way the panels look when lit up.

I may have to make a few of these!

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#12 posted 01-30-2011 05:26 AM

Matt, it was in issue 200 of Wood Magazine, October 2010.

Asher, what size bulb did you use in the lamps?


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#13 posted 01-30-2011 05:50 AM

Yes, I enjoy. Very much

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#14 posted 01-30-2011 07:05 AM

Beautiful job on these! I know what you mean about looking better with the light on in person. My BF built a bamboo lamp in the same shape as this almost, only it’s a standing floor lamp, and the lovely glow it makes really doesn’t come thru in pictures.

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#15 posted 01-30-2011 07:28 AM

Thanks for the compliments guys! The lamp is 15” tall and 7 3/4” from leg to leg. The top is 9 1/2” square and 3/4” thick. The legs are 3/4” square while the rails are 5/8” thick thus the legs sitting just proud of them cranegonewild. I can’t remember what size forstner bit I used for the curves on the feet. I clamped some scrap mdf to the drillpress table and pinned down some stops so to get the curves to match up perfect. I used system three epoxy with the #3 hardener wich is the slowest. But I had 24 panels in each gule up so I needed as much open time as I could get. I rolled the epoxy with a little short napped throw away roller. Make sure you put news paper between each panel and roll the epoxy thin or you will be sanding the news paper off your panels frome the bleed throw. Ryan thanks for finding that issue and keeping me from having to look throw my stack of wood mags. I used a 100 watt florecent with a ceramic socket that I attached to the 1/4” bottom with a hollow threaded rod with a nut on each side of the bottom. I think I have covered all the questions.

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