In my education to become a licensed wood/metal shop teacher i got to build many things. One of the assignments was to experiment with laminated bent wood. We should do a round part, a part made from a solid piece with cut grooves, and try to laminate something we haven’t done before.
I wanted to make something useful so i decided to build a simple reading lamp. The round part was used for the foot, the solid part with the cut grooves for the stand and the experimental part for the electrical leading top.
As usual - don't do this if you're uncertain about the machines or electrics included. Use common sense and be careful. And sorry for weird English, it's not my native language.
Step 1: Design
I started with thinking about the basic design, since i had some elements that i had to/wanted to incorporate i rather quickly settled for the current shape. First i draw some sketches while riding the train from the university in Umeå home to Växjö, (a nice sixteen hour ride, good for contemplation) and when i got home i continued in sketchup.
I figured i used the round laminated part for the stand so i started with building a jig to fixate it while gluing it.
The solid stand was made with a bandsaw (a circlesaw would be more ideal but i didn’t have one available at the time) Asp with inlayed birch,
The electric bend vas made from ash, aluminum and cork. The cork has a nice feel to it that i somehow associate with fifties furniture.