Mission Table Lamp

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Project by Phil Clark posted 06-10-2008 04:20 PM 3089 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Previously I have posted a photo of this lamp finished. I’m making another so thought you might like to see it before assembly. This project is not for the feint of heart as some of the pieces are delicate and the shade involves compound angle cuts. There are more than 60 pieces to this lamp. When these lamps were made by Stickley the shade support arms were glued and screwed to the column with slotted round head screws – definately an ugly design flaw imho. You can see that I use a quadralinear column, which leaves room for the lamp cord and provides vertical grain on all sides. The support arms are through the column so they are structurally sound. In the first photo, the three small pieces go above the shade supports. I see I need to drill a hole in each of the flat pieces for the cord to pass thru. You can see where I used the Delta precision miter guage that I reviewed yesterday to make a final adjustment cut on the lamp shade as my blade angle was slightly off 30.3 degrees and I didn’t see the error until each side was assembled. Now I have the digital reader for setting the blade angle and that solved the set-up problem. Since heat rises I put a little vent cap on the top of the shade.

-- Legacy Woodcraft

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Tim Pursell

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#1 posted 06-10-2008 04:45 PM

Don’t you just love the digital angle tool for setting those oh-so critical miters!!
I wish I had one when I first made my version of the mission shade.


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Phil Clark

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#2 posted 06-10-2008 05:17 PM

Tim, so true – I’m surprised when changing blades to find that not all blades are the same with a variance of up to .2 degrees against the arbor.

-- Legacy Woodcraft

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#3 posted 06-10-2008 07:56 PM

Now this just confuses me. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Phil Clark

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#4 posted 06-10-2008 08:18 PM

Sorry about that Mike – if you want clarification just email me

-- Legacy Woodcraft

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Dominic Vanacora

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#5 posted 06-10-2008 08:20 PM

I would love to do this lamp. I love items that require a lot of labor than material. As you noted you have made this before. Did you design the lamp or can I purchase the drawings from some where? I have transfered detailed photos of other lamps or maybe your and transfered that to my AutoCAD to get dims. But it diffcult a best to try copying the small details.
How long does it take you to complete a lamp from the start to finish?

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#6 posted 06-11-2008 03:44 AM

I’d like to try one or two of these as well. I really like the design.
thanks for sharing the detailed pictures.

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#7 posted 06-21-2008 01:58 AM

I made a similar lamp (you can see it on my projects page) but I like the fact that the shade supports on yours go through the column. Mine is based on a 2003 Wood Magazine pattern.

-- Nils Davis, Menlo Park, CA

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