Arts & Crafts style lamp holder

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Project by DrTebi posted 08-26-2011 07:29 AM 2278 views 6 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got around making a lamp post (holder, bracket, whatever it’s called) for my bronze lantern. It was always meant to be outside, so I used the redwood scraps from our deck construction, made a quick Sketchup drawing and went away…

This project had a lot of design choices while building though. The groove in the upper part was an accident… but it turned out to be a good one, because this gave me extra space for the chain connection to the wood. I found this nice chain on an antique flea market (I needed an all brass one, to prevent corrosion and keep the look), but had no hook. When I went through my leftover metal scrap, I found a brass rod, and came up with the idea to put the rod all the way through the wood, and “riveting” it over two brass washers. I really like the way the chain disappears into the wood (and it can never be taken off again, ups!).

I know this is for wood projects only, but I should mention that I also build the lamp. It was my final piece in a metal arts class that I took at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. You can see the project laid out in the last picture. So basically, I build everything except the chain :)

I am pretty proud of this project, although I find it tedious to work with redwood—it’s so damn soft. I managed to ding it here and there when drilling holes etc.

The finish is Sutherland Welles Polymerized Tung Oil Medium Lustre, in case you wonder. It stinks, but works.

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#1 posted 08-26-2011 07:41 AM

Nice job! Being able to handle multiple medias and have it turn out this nice is quite a skill!

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#2 posted 08-26-2011 01:24 PM

This is so very elegant and an exacting build. I can hardly believe the groove was an accident, it fits in so well and what a find with the chain! How much does your design vary from the original, if there was one? The lamp is lovely, a perfect pair.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#3 posted 08-26-2011 02:27 PM

You should be proud, the lamp is truly a work of art. You did a great job on the metal work and captured the arts and crafts style.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#4 posted 08-27-2011 11:54 AM

Thank you for your kind comments :)

@vipond33: The original design did not have the thinner part that is touching the wall… I had to add it in order to cover the original hole for the electrical connections. Other than that, it was only that groove that was not supposed to go all the way through. But as I said, it opened up the opportunity for the rather unusual hanging of the chain, which I like a lot.

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