"Rustic Reader" Desk Lamp

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Project by MalcolmLaurel posted 02-01-2014 02:37 AM 1525 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished this desk lamp last night. The base and top are reclaimed American Chestnut log slabs that I salvaged during renovation of my cabin, and the upright is mountain laurel with the wiring hidden inside using my usual “secret” method. Inside the upper part are four rows of 5050 LED strips on a copper sheet. A rotary switch is buried in the base with a turned laurel burl knob, and a 12VDC wall wart transformer powers it, so it could work equally well in a RV or an off grid cabin. Finish is Zinser clear shellac.

More on the project page or the etsy page.

-- Malcolm Laurel -

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 02-01-2014 01:38 PM

Really nice. Great looking piece.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 02-03-2014 07:37 AM

Very nice looking!
How did you get the wiring through the branch, cut it in half, bore out the middle and glue it up, or did you use some other technique?

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#3 posted 02-05-2014 03:07 PM

So cool and unique lamp! Like the natural shape of the slabs used. Great textures and finish. Awesome work!

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