"Stickman" Bedside Lamp





Introduction: "Stickman" Bedside Lamp

Our bedside lamp is probably the first thing we see in the morning and definitely the last thing we see at night. So, why not make a fun and pretty one?

Tools you will need:

For this project I have used some easy to find and use tools but also some others that are more sophisticated such as planer, jointer or band saw. I know most people out there do not have access to tools like those so I will try and give you examples of other alternatives.

  • Band saw (you can use a jig saw, a circular saw or even a hand saw)
  • Planer (We will need a planer only to make sure that all of our wood pieces are same in height and thickness, a hand plane could be a good alternative)
  • Drill or drill press
  • 8mm drill bit
  • 3mm drill bit
  • Countersink bit
  • Orbital sander with 80grit sandpaper
  • Nail gun or some 2.5cm nails
  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Safety glasses

Materials you will need:

  • Wood (any kind)
  • 4 x 20mm screws
  • Wood glue

Here is a video of the building process, and below you will also find a full scale pdf file with plans and dimensions.

Step 1: Cutting Out Strips of Wood

Take your wood and I cut 2.1 x 2.1 cm strips out of it.

Any piece of wood longer than 1m should do to cut all the parts for the lamp

Step 2: Stickman Body

Cut a 28cm piece. This will be our Stickmans body

Step 3: Making the Arms and Legs

Take a few strips and mark 2.1 cm from the edge. On the band saw cut the mortises and tenons as shown in the video (Images 1 and 2), or you can use a hand saw and a chisel for it.

Round the corners using a file or like I did attach your orbital sander verticaly on your work banch and use it as a vertical sander.

Then use a 3mm drill bit tom make some holes for the screws 1.1cm from each pieces edge, and a countersink to make the screws head flush to the wood.

Step 4: Glueing

Glue all the pieces as shown and use some nails to secure the joints.

Step 5: Assembly

Screw all the parts together using 2cm screws.

Step 6: The Umbrella Shaft

For the umbrella shaft cut a 1.5x1.5x25 cm piece of wood and make a 2.1x0.6 cm notch just to fit stickmans hand.

On the top make a hole to fit the lamp holder. In my case was 0.8mm.

Step 7: Finishing

Glue the shaft to stickmans hand. Connect the wires and fit the lampshade.

Its all done!

Have fun.



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im making this but finding the lack of dimensions on the limbs difficult. Are they only available ob premium?

Super project though..

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I checked the pdf plans and all dimensions are there. Please let me know if you have any questions

Love your lamp! Paper is my medium so I do not have the tools to make one. Are you selling them? It would be a great addition to my studio.

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Hi StarLady1. Thanks for asking. Unfortunately I do not sell them. The making of a lamp like this was just a project for me. My purpose is to inspire other people to work with wood.I am sure you can make your own. Honestly the only tools you need are a hand mitre saw and maybe some chisels. As for the wood you can order a 2.1 x 2.1 x 100 cm piece to your local carpenter. The tools I use are for professional woodworking but I use them on my videos and projects because they make my work easier. Like I said, I would be able to make the same project just with the tools I mentioned before. Start making things with wood. You will love it!!. Have a nice day, thanks again for asking.

I agree with Tomatoskins. We need measurements - at the least! The video was very helpful to a point but to do it ourselves we need to know more than 1"X11". LOVED the idea! It's amazing how something can look so simple and intriguing at the same time!

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I love quirky projects like this! I know lots of readers that would love this broken down into step by step images to take out to the shop.

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Now palns available and instructions after your recomendations. Have fun and be safe.

Thanks for letting me know. I already have some pictures of the process. Not many though. Will edit some and upload asap. Thanks for wathing and commenting

That lamp is super fun! How did you come up with the idea?

Tomatoskins thanks for watching and commenting. I know, you are right. I am making some plans now for my next project. You will get plans, pictures step by step and video. I am quite new here and this is my second instructable. So thanks again.