This is an desk lamp that is great project to build your skills. This is a great skill development activity. This is a lamp that can be changed to almost any other design, it incorporates aluminium and wood for a brilliant look. I created this light at school and used machines such as a milling machine and a drill press to manufacture this lamp but if they aren't available to you there are substitutes for them. Equipment:
-Drill press (optional)
-Milling machine (optional)
-3D modelling software (optional)
-Marking out tool such as marker scribe
-Sanding block (not necessary)Material:
-Block of wood 70 mm x 42 mm x 95 mm $3.80 but i had some lying around at school
-6oo mm strip of aluminium $2.80
-LED strip $12, for a waterproof 5metere strip, it works with a 12V power supply (from ebay)
-Polypropylene $9.50 with plenty left over
-Plastic end cap for aluminium. $0.42
-Bending bar you don't need to by the bending bar from design ability because you can just find a circular piece of tube.
You can get the wood, aluminium strip and polypropylene from http://www.designability.com.au/project/ecolamp
This website design ability has some really good DIY projects.