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
- Tape measure
- 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!