By the way...get ready for a load of photographs.....certain things are best explained by pictures!
Step 1: Materials
wood stain ( oil or water based)
clear polythene varnish
nails and screwdriver (or drill and screwdriver)-for tin punching
1/4" square dowels
drill bit with 1/8" bit ( the size of the barbecue sticks)
Step 2: Chop Your Wood
Some reclaimed wood will also look nice as it would add to the texture of the lamp.
Find the center of the blocks and drill a hole through
For the base cut a larger square block and cut a thin plywood the same size. Drill the hole only in the base plate..cut a slot for the wire and drill pilot holes in the plywood to screw and fix it to the base plate.
Sand the blocks...I sanded the edges too as i have children. Now treat the wood with wood preservative.
Stack the blocks randomly till you achieve the height you want. If you are going to stain all the same color then it's not a problem. As I was doing this for my cousin and she wanted assorted colors...I marked around the hole which colors that particular block would be.
Now stain your wood. If you want a darker color ...repeat the stain. Don't worry if it looks dull once dry...the clear finish will bring out the color.
Step 3: The Shade
I made 2 square frames with my miter clamps , I did not make the dowels for the frame mitered as i wanted to drill holes in the corner to pass the dowels through.
Once your frames are glued and dried...drill holes in the corner at an angle. Then pass 4 equal dowels (i used thick barbecue sticks) through and glue them. Using a block place 2 square dowel on either side in once side of the frame..and do the same for the other side. Please refer to pictures for detailed instructions as it's easier to see then trying to explain :-D.
Whats great about this frame is you can just stitch fabric according to a block of the frame and just slip it over...changing the decor would be so easy.
Make a block of your shade and mark on thin aluminum sheet...as i was going for a square frame i cut 4. Fold the edges so there would be no sharp edges.
I mixed oil based stains with clear polythene finish and stained the sheets..i tried shading it with mahogany and teak. later i tin punched my design. I punched holes in the corners as i wanted to sew them up.
Take a thread of jute and sew the corners with basic cross stitch.
your shade is done...so just slip it over the frame.
you could also use this method to shade a candle.
Step 4: Assembling
Pass the electrical wire through the base plate...next put the next block through the wire...glue it with epoxy..or liquid nails or any strong glue....it's best to pass the wire now as it would be difficult later as sometimes the hole might just move a little....and if you want a stand lamp , passing a wire after the whole think is assembled is going to be very difficult.
Once you have acchived the height you want..glue the blocks for the fame and assemble the frame...give a clear finish for your now stacked lamp.