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How to build a beautiful and relaxing Japanese wood lamp
 
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Step 1: MATERIALS AND TOOLS

We will need:

Saw
Sander and file
Wood glue (cheap one)
Drill
Wood plates
Square and circular sticks
Semi-transparent paper
Computer and printer
Varnish
Black paint

Step 2:

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We will build as many floors as we want, in my case three. You can look on internet to see how Japanese Castles are.

Without fixing the pieces we try to build the skeleton to check if we will like the result.

Step 3:

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Now we have to make a roof more Japanese style, so we will have to cut 4 triangles and to fix them on the last floor.

Step 4:

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After that we will separate everything to start to fix them with glue. If we want we can use also little nails between the floors and the columns to fix them stronger.

We will start with the first floor and with the roof. As you can see in the next image, we have to use four little square columns at the bottom of the structure, to be able to install the cables for the lamp.

In every floor we will drill with a big tool (if we don't have it, we also use the saw) some holes as big as we can to leave the light cross though every floor until the top.

It is important also to use two plates with different sizes for the first floor, to be able to build there the fences in the next steps.
As you can see, now the roof has four sticks that will give a better appearance.

Step 5:

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Once all the floors are completely fixed (maybe you should wait one day to be sure) we have to start with one of the most difficult parts: to make a frame for every window.

We will use the same square stick that we used in the roof.

There will be four pieces in each window, and with the file or the saw you will have to make them like in the image.

Once you will have four, you will only need to fix them like a puzzle.
ornarvaezjr1 month ago

Great Job!!

taria7 months ago
i sooooo love this
DUO00378 months ago
Pretty! It's soooooo cool.
hixxxsa1 year ago
I love it!
spylock1 year ago
Really nice.
tobyjug31 year ago
If only the lamp was sold as a kit. I would absolutely LOVE to have one but I am unable to make it. Wonderful item
The art supply store in my area was selling components for such lanterns, very economically--if I recall correctly, the precut wooden frame pieces ran $15-20, depending on size, and the synthetic paper panels--also precut--ran from $8-20, depending on size and the elaborateness of the panels.
While this lamp is one of the loveliest I've seen for a long time and even much nicer than expensive lamps one can buy, I find fault with your Instructable. For anyone who's done woodwork and is semi-skilled even, making this might be easy. But I'm a woman who's had little experience doing woodworking and I was hoping for precise measurements. Without them, I'm unable to make this. I was quite thrilled when I saw this and ready to vote for this. Now, I'm feeling sad I can't make this.

I've a few suggestions that might be of benefit for those who can make this though -
1. Why not paint the separate floors before attaching it? This way, it would be much easier to install the paper sides for each floor. Your way seems somewhat awkward. Same with varnishing the bare wood parts before attaching them.

2. Rather than gluing all three floors into one solid piece, why not find a way to attach them so they can be separated for bulb replacement or any other maintenance? I don't know the correct term for how it's done but it's by nesting each floor on top of the other the same way wooden bunk beds are fitted on on the other and quite stable. Doing it this way would make it much easier to glue the paper for each floor. Also all FOUR sides could be covered with the paper and it wouldn't be necessary to place a bare side to the wall. The wires can exit from a small cutout on the bottom floor and the lamp could be placed more openly.

Hope you don't mind the suggestions. 
ranma209 (author)  JudesJewels1 year ago
I am sorry, but I can not help you with the measurements, because I am no living in the house I have the lamp.
Second one, I just made it without measuring too much the lamp, just doing the imagination and thinking how will it look better.
Yes maybe to separate the floors would be a good idea, but now that I have my lamp finished you can see how robust it is.

About varnishing the pieces separately, yes, I did that with the top piece and the balls, but how I tell you, it was not a predefined work, I was just improvising and thinking "¿What else could I do?"

I am very glad you wanted to give me your opinion.

Thank you!
suayres1 year ago
Your lamp is lovely, and beautifully constructed. Thanks for the idea. I may just have to try this myself (well, to be honest, ask my husband to try this--he's the handyman of the family). Here's a tip about the paper: if you go to an art supply store and check out their artists' papers, you will find beautiful Japanese, Chinese, and other oriental rice papers, mulberry papers, and even panels of synthetic papers made to be used in such lanterns. I was at my art supply store and found the panels I describe very reasonably priced.
suayres1 year ago
Your lamp is lovely, and beautifully constructed. Thanks for the idea. I may just have to try this myself (well, to be honest, ask my husband to try this--he's the handyman of the family). Here's a tip about the paper: if you go to an art supply store and check out their artists' papers, you will find beautiful Japanese, Chinese, and other oriental rice papers, mulberry papers, and even panels of synthetic papers made to be used in such lanterns. I was at my art supply store and found the panels I describe very reasonably priced.
pmann11 year ago
I love this - it's beautiful! Well done!
Biokemist1 year ago
Beautiful design!

May I ask, what paper did you use? The rice paper I have is too thick, and blocks too much light.

Thanks in advance! :)
ranma209 (author)  Biokemist1 year ago
Sure, the paper I used was this one. In spanish is "papel vegetal" that means vegetable paper XD

http://articulo.mercadolibre.com.ar/MLA-448332775-hojas-calco-vegetal-36-x-50cms-80grs-_JM

It is very easy to find, and you can buy it in A4 sheets.

I hope this will help you
jocadatoca1 year ago
very interesting, congratulations
THIS is a really nice instructable! It's beautiful, affordable, and looks fun to make. I'm already thinking of who I might build one for as a gift. Plenty of time for Christmas.

Clever, indeed!
dana-dxb1 year ago
really great post im so making this as a gift for my lil sis
thanxxx a big banch for sharing it ??????????
just so u know im a huge fan of japaneas art
ranma209 (author)  dana-dxb1 year ago
I am so glad to hear that!!!!
Good luck with the gift :) I hope you will have as much fun as I had!

If you have any question please send me a message :)
ranma209 (author) 1 year ago
Sorry but the design is not from google, it is just seing Japanese castles on internet. I am very glad you like it :)
where did you find the design? I looked on Google but I couldn't find anything that would work. If you still have the image, would you mind sending it to me? Thank you I love your instructable
shazni1 year ago
love this...so beautiful!
So beautiful!
Wow.
ChrysN1 year ago
Gorgeous, I love that you used the flowered panels/papers.
joelhunn1 year ago
Beautiful!