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I think I made a rod for my my own back.

After making a wooden lampshade* for one son, the other decided that his shade was a bit past it as well.

But he wanted something "a bit less bare".

This is what he got...

* https://www.instructables.com/id/Laser-Cut-Lampshade/

Step 1: Design

Obviously, I went for a Tardis-themed lamp.

There are lots, and lots, and lots of resources out there - I used a number of stencil designs as design cues, and simplified them to go for the instantly-recognisable silhouette.

The stencil designs were, obviously, two dimensional, but I decided to add layers to improve the silhouette.

Once I got the proportions from the online sources, I sized the design according to my needs (3cm hole at the top for the pendant fitting, enough space inside to fit my hand etc), then turned to MakerCase to generate a finger-jointed box of the right size.

Using Inkscape, I removed the bottom, added the door details, and drew up additional details like the lintel and the roof shape.

<p>I've entered this in a couple of contests, so a click or two on the &quot;vote&quot; banner would be nice...</p>
Thank you again fot your reply. Initially I tried 'craft wood' a compressed woodchip material of the right thickness, with little success, even with the coping saw, because of the number of cuts involved. But now that you've suggested Balsa wood, I'm sure I'll be able to do it with my trusty Stanley knife and metal ruler and square; and the product will be neater and sharper than what I have achieved with drill and saw. Mainly because of my mistakes placing the hole needed for the saw blade too close to the line of the cut out. But I iwould still be interested to know more about the laser cutter you used. What it is manufactured to deal with, like thickness and density of wood it's designed for, plus what other materials it can handle, as well as workshop space required and price. Although I've only got a decade or so pottering time left I have instilled in the grandchildren the pride and joy obtained from completing a DYI project well and if within my means and power, and if it has enough potential, I would like to include one in the workshop they will use while i live and inherit on my passing. As well as innumerables hand and smaller power tools, I have already purchased a pivoting headed wood lathe for bowl work as well as turning. But I've never seen or even heard of a laser cutter before. <br>Cheers, Chris
<p>I'll put some information together and send you a Private Message - watch your inbox.</p>
Beautifully designed and built but how hard is it without a laser cutter? I have a Dremel, set square and Stanley knife.
<p>I guess it depends on your skills - the holes are only 3-4 mm wide.</p><p>You could try cutting &quot;windows&quot; out of some scrap material and see how you go.</p><p>It might be worth investing in a coping saw?</p>
Thank you for your time replying to my query. Although I dont have a copong saw, I do have a rod saw blade on one of my hacksaws. It after i drill a small hole, works quite well, but oh boy is it time consuming. One of my grandsons is a Dr Who fanatic and I would love to make him a, Tardis lamp shade for Christmas this year. I made his sister a 'Tiffany' shade a couple of years ago and that took forever bur this project may top it before I'm finished. <br>In your instructions you said s lazer saw. I've never seen one. I've had coping saws before, but one of the kids/grandkids/mates must have forgotten to return it. How much did it cost you to buy approximately?
<p>The cheapest coping saw I see on Amazon.com is $5.99</p><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Stanley-15-104-Fatmax-Coping-Saw/dp/B000BOADDO/">https://www.amazon.com/Stanley-15-104-Fatmax-Copin...</a></p><p>Since the lines are all straight, you might find it a lot easier to cut from balsa wood or heavy card (like the stuff used for mounting pictures in frames), using an Xacto knife (or similar) and a metal ruler. Balsa is weaker than other woods, but the shade will take no load once it is built and hung. You can buy it online, or from hobby stores (people build model gliders from it).</p>
<p>or get really thin plywood and use an X-ACTO knife</p><p>https://www.instructables.com/id/Instructableswho-Game-Number-2/</p>
<p>Oh! Sheets of balsa wood would work if you are using a blade and a metal ruler. Lots of &quot;hobby&quot; stores will stock it (it's used to build model aircraft etc), and it's available online.</p>
<p>it is awesom man i will vote for you</p>
<p>Thank you!</p>
<p>Wow ... this was simply amazing. VOTED </p>
<p>Thank you!</p>
<p>You are welcome :)</p>
<p>Brilliant work! I love it. I may have a hand at it with balsa and X-Acto methods. I have the Cricut, so making the pattern to cut with will be a breeze.<br><br>I think the windowed lintel which has &quot;Police Public Call Box&quot; on it in the show might be fun to enlarge a little and put those letters on translucent paper on all four sides. That's the only thing I might change. If I get off my dead arse and do it, I'll post what my outcome looks like.</p>
<p>Cool, I'm looking forward to it.</p>
<p>Looks great !</p>
<p>Thank you!</p>
<p>Looks great !</p>
<p>Looks great !</p>
<p>Lovely job!</p>
<p>Thank you!</p>
Nice!
<p>Isn't it?</p><p>This was my most satisfying project for quite some time, because it came out *exactly* like it started in my head.</p>

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