Introduction: The Skía Light Fixture
The Skía Light Fixture is a product I created for my 8th year micro business. The light was laser cut at the Hurleyville Makers Lab using plywood and assembled with shoji paper, LED light bulb, and a base for holding the lightbulb that was 3D printed in my classroom.
Step 1: Creating the Design
When I was creating the light I played around with a few different designs and settled on my favorite and what I imagined could look really nice in people's homes. To design the shape/structure of the lamp I used an online program called MakerCase and downloaded and svg of the laser cutting plans. From there, I uploaded the svg into a program called Adobe Illustrator and used a Wacom Intuos Digital Drawing Tablet to hand draw the designs on the sides of the light.
Step 2: Staining and Laser Cutting the Wood
Before going to the Hurleyville Makers Lab to Laser Cut my product, I stained the wood before hand instead of doing it after the wood was cut (preventing stain from dripping into the cutouts). I then brought the stained wood and svg on a flash drive to the Hurleyville Makers Lab to cut. The cutting of the wood can take 45 minutes to 90 minutes depending on if the laser bed is level and if there is a lot of glue in the plywood.
Step 3: The Light Bulb and Base
In order to hold the lightbulb, there needs to be a base that the bulb can screw into. So we created a base and 3D printed it in our very own classroom. We We designed this base so that a lightbulb socket we found on amazon would fit it perfectly. The lightbulb socket is a ceiling lantern cord cable (repurposed to stand in the base) with an on and off switch on the cord. The base and socket are then screwed onto the bottom of the light fixture.
Step 4: Gluing
The next step in the process is the gluing. First, I painted Elmer's glue on each side of the lamp. To paint the glue on the wood, I poured the Elmer's glue onto a tin tray and used a foam roller brush, for brushing on the glue. I then lined up the shoji paper with the sides of the wood piece and carefully pressed it upon the glued wood. Making sure that all the cutouts were covered. Once the shoji paper and glue are dried I assemble all the parts. I brush wood glue onto each edge of the lamp but leave the top and sides the top touches without glue (this lets the top be removable and allows the lightbulb to be replaced when needed). Then I put together all the parts and let them dry.
Step 5: Clamping
The product is nearly completed. All that is left to do is to put clamps on both ends of the light fixture. These clamps hold all of the pieces in place while the glue is drying. After the product is dried, you are able to take off the clamps and then you have your finished piece. All that is left to do is to screw the light bulb in and switch it on.