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!!