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The Woodpunk LED Desk Lamp is the result of being inspired, perhaps more than a year ago, by a design I saw on a design blog.  It's a bit of a pet peeve that all these fantastic ideas are flaunted but never produced.  So, I set about making my own wooden desk lamp, and I am extremely pleased with the results.  The lamp that served as the inspiration for the Woodpunk actually has since gone into limited production, but of course it's ridiculously expensive.  And besides, I still like mine better!

The majority of the lamp is made of 1/4" and 1/2" Baltic Birch plywood.  I love using this stuff to make things - a quick skim of my other instructables will confirm that!  It's strong and stable and easy to cut - and it's made of a renewable resource!  What's not to love?  Wood dowels serve as the joints.  The springs and socket were stolen from two old lamps; one skillfully located at a thrift store by my wife, and the other was just taking up space in my house (and also "donated" by my wife).  The LED lamp draws just 3W to produce 180 lumens, enough to illuminate a small work area.  It was bought at DealExtreme, but nearly any LED bulb with an integrated reflector would work just as well.

Total cost for this project was $25-$30.


 
Now, you may be thinking, "Hey - this looks ideal for a laser cutter or CNC machine!"  Well, you're right.  At the moment my designs need a bit of work so they're actually compatible with an automated system - anyone willing to do the conversion?  There's a 3-month pro membership for the first person who does!

So, have you got access to a scroll saw and drill press?  That's pretty much all you need to make this awesome lamp!

UPDATE:  KChappers generously converted my designs to .dwg, .dxf and .cdr formats for your CNC, laser cutter and 3D rendering pleasure.  Thanks so much!!

Step 1: The Design

I designed "Woodpunk" in Adobe Illustrator.  The patterns as attached are meant primarily for cutting by hand.  If you want to use them on a CNC machine or laser cutter, they will definitely need to be modified!

When designing the lamp, I took measurements from an existing lamp I use at my workbench.  I noticed that all of the "arms" are made of equal-length sections, connected by triangular "joints."  This made the design relatively easy - just two parallelograms with a "shoulder" at the base, an "elbow" in between, and a "wrist" where the arm connects to the reflector.  Indeed, you will notice that is exactly how I labeled the parts.

In addition, there's the base and various spacers.

Everything is designed to be cut out of either 1/4" or 1/2" plywood.  Since there are many identical parts, you can stack the 1/4" wood and cut it in pairs.  Not only is this faster, it also ensures that the joints are precisely aligned (this is important for the arms and joints especially).

The patterns are intended to be printed out on 11x17" paper - if you don't have this capability at home, any business supply store or print shop will be able to print the patterns for you.  I printed mine at work.

Also note that you may need to modify the design of the reflector section to suit the lightbulb socket you've got - the diameter may need to be increased or decreased, for example.

Included below are the preliminary patterns - I plan to clean them up soon, to make the whole thing easier to build!

A HUGE thanks to instructables user KChappers, who cleaned up, organized and converted my designs into .dwg .dxf and .cdr for me!
<p>is there a way to convert the files for 3D printing</p>
<p>I have converted the basic shell of my designs that I was able to create thanks to jeff-o's instructable. Please feel free to let me know if you want them or the possible ways to convert...</p>
<p>yes please if you have STL's for this, would really appreciate it. Have been wanting to print this lamp design for a while now. thank you so much</p>
<p>Here you go. The Sketchup file is the fully assembled unit. I edited the design to account for the 6mm MDF, which in reality is 6.2mm... Grrrr! Please let me know if you have any issues and I would love to see the result as a printed project, hope your build volume is big enough!</p>
<p>jeff-o - Hope you like!</p>
<p>It's great! Sadly I don't have a 3D printer large enough for those pieces. But it makes me wonder - could I print a mini lamp? It would be so cute!</p>
<p>That would be O for Awesome! Do it!</p>
<p>Thank you, i have a few more projects i need to finish first, then will get started on this. Thank you once again. </p>
<p>Only a pleasure, glad you like!</p>
<p>Possibly, but it was designed for CNC routing.</p>
Do you know how that is done ? <br>Sorry to be a pain, i don't know how even if possible. Given your wonderful work on the lamp i thought you may have known
<p>Anyone keen for both the DXF cutting &amp; STL model files?</p><p>Thanks again jeff-o for the inspiration, you changed my world!</p>
<p>Beautiful work!</p>
<p>Worked with this to make it run on my X-Carve, lots of fun!</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/157042919" width="500"></iframe></p>
<p>Great video!</p>
Here are some DXF files that can be imported into CAM program. The vectors are all closed so the toolpaths can be added easily. The they are organized by 1/2 inch parts and 1/4 inch parts. The units are inches.
<p>These files from MRMFWILSON are absolutely great! Perfect for my CNC needs. </p><p>Thank You Very Much !!!!!</p>
<p>Your welcome. I have made quite a few changes to the lamp. Attached is a picture of one of the iteration. You can look at my facebook page to see the final product. centerlinedesigns</p><p>Mike</p>
<p>Very nice mods! Well done.</p>
<p>BEAUTIFUL!</p>
<p>BEAUTIFUL!</p>
<p>I love your project.really awesome and in good detail .cheers!</p>
You know those children's puzzles you can buy that are made from sheet wood and you can punch out the pieces to make dinosaurs or whatever? You could make a kit like that but for this lamp and sell it!
Cool idea! But I have no time for that at the moment.<br><br>I give you permission to go ahead with your idea. :)
<p>Does anyone know how to convert this to a wall mounted lamp? Would reversing the lamp in the base allow the lower spring to be above the arm, so that it supports its weight rather than pulling the lamp further towards the floor?</p>
<p>oh, sorry</p>
<p>LOL, having trouble with comments?</p><p>The lamp uses just 1/4&quot; and 1/2&quot; wood. The images in Step 1 show what pieces to make from what thicknesses.</p>
<p>Sorry, I think I missed how to tell which pieces are on 1/4 inch and which are on 1/2 inch birch?</p>
<p>Sorry, I think I missed how to tell which pieces are on 1/4 inch and which are on 1/2 inch birch?</p>
<p>Sorry, I think I missed how to tell which pieces are on 1/4 inch and which are on 1/2 inch birch?</p>
<p>This is by far my favorite instructable I've dound so far but sorry, I probably missed something, but how can you tell which pieces are 1/8 inch and which are 1/4 inch Baltic Birch?</p>
<p>This is by far my favorite instructable I've dound so far but sorry, I probably missed something, but how can you tell which pieces are 1/8 inch and which are 1/4 inch Baltic Birch?</p>
<p>This is by far my favorite instructable I've dound so far but sorry, I probably missed something, but how can you tell which pieces are 1/8 inch and which are 1/4 inch Baltic Birch?</p>
<p>This is by far my favorite instructable I've dound so far but sorry, I probably missed something, but how can you tell which pieces are 1/8 inch and which are 1/4 inch Baltic Birch?</p>
<p>very excellent!!</p>
Just finished most of mine! Great little build! Thanks for the instructable!!!
<p>I just realized I forgot to reply. Very nice work - laser cut wood?</p>
<p>Very, very nice!</p><p>Woodpunk, I like it!,</p><p>Wood as most of us here know is easy to work with and cheap. I plan on soon going into knifemaking as a hobby, and as a teenager, I really don't have a shop. I am into architecture a little bit, and was wondering what style I should build my workshop in. I plan on making a few of these lamps and putting them around my shop, along with 'keeping the theme'. Thank you very much!</p>
<p>What style workshop? Whatever you like! My workshop is actually very boring. Just lots of workspace and cupboards.</p>
Cool
might want to source the light from another vendor... deal extreme takes forever.
Indeed they do. I have since replaced the bulb you see in the instructions with a nice one made by Philips, bought from Home Depot. I'm actually using the lamp daily at work.
www. ic station.com has done good selections as well and shipping is consistently approx two weeks
<p>That is good desk light .</p>
<p>good</p>
<p>So many shiny medals! such a detailed instructable Good Work!</p>
I've downloaded the DXF files and they look awesome (as does your total lamp design!) but question:...What are the notches for? Do they clamp to opposite ended to ratchet when attached? And the rectangles out of the circles? What are those vectors in there for?
I think you can ignore the notches. The rectangles indicate a hole that needs to be drilled through the side of the piece. PRO TIP: cut those pieces out as squares, do the side drill, then finish the circular cut around the circumference.

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