- four longish (about 8 feet or 2.4m) pieces of square lumber
- wood screws
- a light socket, switch, cable and plug
- a hand saw
- a drill
- a screwdriver
- a tape measure
- tissue paper or cloth
Step 1: The design
You'll need to choose a width for the lamp, which determines the length of the short pieces you cut. Somewhere between 8" and 12" (20cm to 30cm) works well. Bear in mind that a wider lamp will end up less tall, as you're cutting more wood off the legs, so consider what proportions you'd like when making this choice. For instance, with 8' lumber, if you make the short pieces 8" then the lamp will end up 6' tall as you're cutting off 3 * 8" from each leg. If you made it 12" wide, the lamp would end up 5' tall.
Alternatively, you can plan your measurements based on the materials you want to make the shade from- I was using big sheets of tissue paper so this wasn't a factor. The diagram shows roughly the measurements I built to.