Picture of A simple lamp made from laminated wood
Hi everybody!

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.
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Step 1: Design

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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.

Step 2: The round base

Picture of The round base
The round part was made from five layers of birch that was glued using ordinary wood-glue and secured in a jig. It worked pretty well and i just had to even out the edges.

The ring on the picture is not the one i ended up using, it was a bit too small but was made in the same way.
legamin1 year ago

totally impressed! I love pure simple purposeful design which you achieved. As a materials purist I would have routed a canal up through the design for the electrical (which would have necessitated fiddliness with the cord umbilicus every time the height was adjusted...) but I just wouldn't be able to bear seeing an exposed cord. (OCD? Yeah...) the smal canal could hold a tube to protect the cord from abrasion and then be laminated over utterly hidden from your oohing and aahing friends. But as it is, it's pretty slick!

Vidar_76 (author)  legamin1 year ago

Thank you! Glad you liked it. If i build another one and have more spare time maybe i try your idea.

It's verry beautiful. I realy like it. I also have a workshop of wood about cua go 

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Vidar_76 (author) 1 year ago
And as usual i mixed up the dates and missed the lamp contest...
No worries! Put it in the Fashion and Epilog contest. Awesome stuff you made there! I will vote for you!
Vidar_76 (author)  artworker1 year ago
Oh, thank you! Will do! :D