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I made this lamp "playing" with wooden dowels and I loved doing it. The shapes and geometries that you can create with things like dowels are infinite (or almost!) so it's always very fun for me to try and create new ones. Yet the part I love the most is putting the light in it to see the magic light effects that are created by such shapes. I'm always amazed at how beautiful they are, even when the shapes are so simple!
It was not purposely made to make it look like a skyscraper, but I decided to call it that way because the effect that the light gave to it in the dark reminded me of a modern skyscraper.

This lamp was made as a "companion" to the other dowel lamp I made a while ago, the Spiral Lamp. As you can see, they are very similar and the way I made it is almost the same one too. The only thing that changes is the way the squares are placed to create a different geometry.

I hope you like this lamp as much as I do, and if you do, please vote and don't forget to tell me what you think about it! :)
 
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Step 1: What you need

Picture of What you need
  • 124 wood dowels - mine are about 7cm (2.75 inches) long with a diameter of 5mm (0.19 inches), you can get them here.
  • hot glue/white glue
  • piece of cardboard
  • pencil
  • cutter
  • light bulb* and bulb holder
*IMPORTANT: I always recommend using LED light bulbs or at least low-energy light bulbs, especially the cold light ones.
iamrikkimarie2 months ago
how can I post pictures?
lindarose92 (author)  iamrikkimarie2 months ago

You can click on "add images" right below the comment box, between the "I made it" button and the "post" button :)

I can't wait to see them!!

So I stained the wood first with "chestnut" I believe was the name. Also my dowels are 5/8 inch and 10 inches long so it's a pretty big lamp! Looks like it's leaning because my table was uneven lol. But I just used a clamp lamp from tool store (minus the clamp) my husband built a little wooden stand for the bottom of the light fixture to sit in. Then he cut out a line in the bottom dowl so even with the cord running it would sit evenly. Then he added a switch so you just roll it up to turn it on and off! He always makes my projects his if you can't tell lol) Looks awesome! I will be making another one to spiral since he wanted me to go with skyscraper!
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lindarose92 (author)  iamrikkimarie2 months ago

I'm so happy to see that you made it, it's really beautiful! I love the dowels you used, it looks so much more rustic, I really like that effect. Now I look forward to see the spiral one!! :D Have fun! :)

kd7eir3 months ago
Very nice! I love the design ideas that you came up with for this and the spiral lamp.
lindarose92 (author)  kd7eir3 months ago
Thank you so much! These are some of the creations I am most proud of :)
emaye5 months ago
this is beautiful. just like u!!! well done...
lindarose92 (author)  emaye5 months ago
Thank you so much! :)
yneedto5 months ago
Very nice. Might try this one. Thanks. Voting
lindarose92 (author)  yneedto5 months ago
Thank you very much! :)
Jedrokivich5 months ago
Wow, from the picture I thought it was made of acrylic or something fancy like that! Looks amazing! Voted :)
lindarose92 (author)  Jedrokivich5 months ago
Thank you so much! That means a lot, I wish I could use acrylic :D
jhamid25 months ago
cooooooooooooool and easy to be done
lindarose92 (author)  jhamid25 months ago
Yes, very! Thank you! :)
hectorf9545 months ago
Cool project. Where can I buy the dowels? How much are they ?
lindarose92 (author)  hectorf9545 months ago
Thanks! Actually the dowels I have are left from my father's work and we've had them for many years so I don't know their cost or where they are sold. I've seen them sold in hobby stores here in Italy, maybe it's the same in the US? I think you could also get them from a carpenter. They don't cost much anyway :)
jasonsj5 months ago
that kind of bulb is called E14, for the size of the socket/thread. these are small bulbs, tipically used in bedside table lamps. the other commonly found in most lighting is called E27. at least here in Argentina. LOL!

GREAT JOB! and thanks for the pictures.
lindarose92 (author)  jasonsj5 months ago
Yes, in fact I consider this lamp a bedside table lamp because it's quite small. I don't know much about light bulbs but anybody can adjust this project to the size they want and use the bulb and bulb holder they prefer :)
zamzamj5 months ago
Lovely work :) !
lindarose92 (author)  zamzamj5 months ago
Thank you! :)
jasonsj5 months ago
That's a really good project. can you take a picture of the bulb light and bulb socket you used? as you did with the dowel, in your hand. THANKS FOR TEH IDEA! Icecreams sticks will be good to, but i would do it with 2 or 3 stiks together to make the light have more space in between to spread around.
I'm not a native speaker, hope you get the idea! LOL!
lindarose92 (author)  jasonsj5 months ago
Here is the picture! Actually I can't remember if the light bulb I used for the pictures above is that one or another, I tried the lamp with more than one but they are all about the same anyway.
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lindarose92 (author)  jasonsj5 months ago
Don't worry, I am not a native speaker either :) I understand about the icecream sticks, I thought about joining together the dowels too at first but then I realized that the look wouldn't have been that good...the separation between the dowels would have been too visible.
I am going to post the picture you asked tomorrow :)
Jdbye5 months ago
This is a very cool looking lamp when lit. I love the light patterns it creates.
lindarose92 (author)  Jdbye5 months ago
Thank you, I am glad you like it! :)
Burtonserg5 months ago
Somehow i can't believe that dowels are only 7 cm long. Can you please make photo of it in front of your hand?
lindarose92 (author)  Burtonserg5 months ago
Here it is:
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so how big is lamp? Sorry for annoying
lindarose92 (author)  Burtonserg5 months ago
It's about 19cm tall and 10cm wide.
geochetnik5 months ago
Great job!
lindarose92 (author)  geochetnik5 months ago
Thank you very much!
Acetheinhala5 months ago
Cool project. How do you manage to build it straight? Do you use a jig or something?
lindarose92 (author)  Acetheinhala5 months ago
Oh no, I didn't use any jig or anything, I just tried to make it as straight as possible simply looking at the squares below. Thank you!
ppanchal15 months ago
same can be done with icecream sticks.....
lindarose92 (author)  ppanchal15 months ago
That's a great idea too! Maybe the light effect would change too...I wish I could try it!
Abacus125 months ago
I like it. You could maybe use a nightlight for the light. Looks like a weekend project.
lindarose92 (author)  Abacus125 months ago
Thanks! You can easily make it in a day plus the time for the glue to dry.
chuckyd5 months ago
Has it caught fire yet? Using cardboard to support the socket and placing the bulb so close to the wood could lead to a burning issue. Using a very low wattage lamp, such as a refrigerator bulb might alleviate the burning issue.
Love the light effect! voted!
lindarose92 (author)  Muhaiminah Faiz5 months ago
Thank you Muhaiminah! :)
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