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Project by grace123 posted 12-27-2013 07:21 AM 3224 views 20 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a fun project. I used plans from Woodcraft Magazine. The first part of the project was very straight forward. I used quartersawn white oak and made the lamp shaft.

After making the base came the really fun part of making the shade.

Arms were next added for a place to rest the shade.

Of course the electrical wiring was needed. I purchased the hardware from a company called Grand Brass Lamp Parts.

This company sells modern cords, plugs and sockets as well as reproductions of old-style electrical lamp parts. I chose the old-style fabric-wrapped cord and Bakelite plug.

The final step was to insert the mica. I ordered the mica in a large sheet from Asheville-Schoonmaker. It cut very easily on my table saw.

Asheville-Schoonmaker sells mica sheets in in white, amber and green.

I screwed in the light bulbs. The moment of truth came when I turned on the switches. And here is the final result.
I gave this lamp to my mother for Christmas. It was a bit hit.

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#1 posted 12-27-2013 09:39 AM

Great looking lamp…you did an excellent job…you have to be very happy with the final result. thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 12-27-2013 12:10 PM

Beautiful job , l’ve made one myself and l found the top frame for the glass challenging . l’ll bet your mom loves it.

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#3 posted 12-27-2013 01:14 PM

I like the design, and the light it sheds.

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#4 posted 12-27-2013 01:22 PM

I have two large maple lamps I’ve made, but am at the point where I need to make a shade, and mica is definitely the way to go. Yours are spectacular. I think I just need to bite the bullet and go for it. Mine are 90/45/45 triangular, so that’s why I’ve been procrastinating on attempting the shade. Now that I see yours, I’m excited to get back to it. Thanks for sharing.


-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#5 posted 12-27-2013 01:22 PM

Very nicely crafted from a timeless design. Excellent photos of your work in progress. Would you share your source for the mica and what saw blade you used to cut it “very easily” on your table saw?

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#6 posted 12-27-2013 03:11 PM

To HillbillyShooter:

I bought the mica sheets from Asheville-Schoonmaker Mica Co. The mica is shipped flat in a corregated cardboard crate. The mica truly is easy to cut. You can use an exacto knife or sturdy shears. In my case I used my bandsaw. I don’t remember the blade I used, but the sheets cut very easily. The first link below is for Asheville-Schoonmaker Mica Co. This link shows the color range available. I didn’t know mica is available in amber, silver and green. The second link is for Woodworker, another online supplier. When handling the mica, it feels almost like posterboard or sturdy plastic, like the cover for a thin three-ring binder.

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#7 posted 12-27-2013 04:19 PM

Nice job and curious what sort of joinery you used on the shade. Thanks.

-- "Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art." Frank LLoyd Wright

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#8 posted 12-27-2013 04:45 PM

Great lamp, it looks first rate.
I think you really nailed the details.

Well done indeed.

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#9 posted 12-27-2013 05:43 PM

This looks like a professional made it. Great job!

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#10 posted 12-27-2013 06:07 PM

To Danoaz:

Regarding the joints, they are simple compound miters. To begin the process of making the frame, I milled a 3/4 inch board to 3/4-inch strips. Then using my miter gauge and protractor, I cut the strips to length and cut the miter on the ends. The miter angles for the shade panels were 50 degrees and 130 degrees. The four shade panels need to be identical, so I made a template from MDF that was cut to the exact size for the panel. I laid the strips on the template and adjusted the cuts until each piece of the strip fit perfectly with the template. Then I used Titebond 3 glue and made a butt joint. Not as stong as a half lap joint, but I truly don’t know how to do that yet. After each of the four shade panels was completely dry, I again used my miter gauge and protractor to set the angle of the saw cut and positioned the shade panel for the bevel cut. The bevel cut was at 22 1/2 degrees. The set up did not take long, just required accuracy in the angles. After cutting the bevels, I was very pleased with the ease of gluing. The pieces nearly fell into place and fit very nicely. I applied Titebond 3 glue and held the frames together with painter tape.

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#11 posted 12-27-2013 09:55 PM

Nice work! The angles look like they could have been pretty tough, but you pulled it off very well.

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#12 posted 12-28-2013 12:35 AM

Nice lamp.

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#13 posted 12-28-2013 01:27 AM

Great looking lamp you’ve got there!

I made a very similar lamp a couple of years ago. I like how you mention “that they are simple compound miters.” I can tell you from personal experience that there ain’t nothing simple about compound miter half-lap joinery!!

You seem to be on the right track, though—keep up the good work!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#14 posted 12-28-2013 01:57 AM

Nice job. I’ve made a few lamps and shades myself and know that the shade is the hardest part. Yours looks great!

-- Andy, Waxahachie, Tx.

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#15 posted 12-28-2013 03:12 AM

Great job. Plz advise where you got the light sockets and such.


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