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Step 7: Assembly

Ah, the moment of truth!  So, you've got a table littered with parts, ready to put together.  I suggest dry-fitting everything to start, before adding glue and making things permanent.  This way, you can determine the order in which the pieces go together, and find any mistakes (but you didn't make any, right?)

Assemble the base first, it's the easiest.  Slot a foot onto each space.  Some may fit better than others in certain spaces, so fit as many as you can without having to bust out the sandpaper.  In some cases though, you may have to sand or cut a little bit of wood to make something fit.  If you're planning to clamp the base to a table, install the feet "upside down," so the base sits flush on a surface.  Once the base is finished, set it aside.

Do the "reflector" next.  Slot in the three fingers.  Hopefully they'll stay in by friction alone, otherwise you'll have to carefully hold them in place until the light bulb socket is slid in the middle.  With the light fixture in place, the whole reflector should hold together.  Set it aside as well.

Now it's time for the arm.  Lay out the "joints" first, then slide in the 1/2" dowels.  The arms and spacers will slide onto these.  The assembly should go roughly like this:

- The curved 1/2" arm sections each have a 1/4" spacer on either side.  4 per arm section.  These go on the outside of the arm.

- The straight 1/4" arm sections that make up the "forearm" have a 1/2" spacer between them.  This pair goes on the inside of the "elbow" and "wrist" joints.

- The straight 1/4" arm sections that make up the "upper arm" go on the outside of the "elbow" and "shoulder" joints.

- A single 1/4" dowel spans the distance between the third position on the shoulder.  The springs for the upper arm attach to this dowel.

- The 2" long 1/4" dowel is inserted through two of the 0.5" long dowel pieces, which in turn connect to one of the 1/2" holes on the straight sections of the upper arm.  The other end of the "upper arm" springs attach here.  The exact distance depend on the length of the springs.

- One of the 1.5" long 1/4" dowels is inserted through the 1" long dowel with a hole drilled through.  The other is inserted through a 0.5" long dowel with a hole.  These are positioned on the "forearm" at such a distance that the springs are not stretched when the arm is "raised"  That is, the springs should support the weight of the arm.


The reflector assembly is attached at the "wrist" using a 2" long 1/4" diameter screw, held tight with a butterfly nut.  Two washers prevent the screw and nut from cracking the wood.  Place a 1/4" spacer on either side (2 total), and tighten the nut to hold the reflector at the desired angle.

Finally, slot the entire arm into the base.  If the spring tensions are set properly, the arm should stay where you move it.  At this point, be mindful that none of the joints pop out.  Remember, they're not glued yet!

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<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>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>Keen to find out if you have had a try at printing the design yet?!</p>
<p>Funnily enough i am about to give it a go next week. Been bogged down with work and a few other bits and only just managed to start getting back on track with the 3D printing. I'll let you know how it goes. </p>
<p>Hows the printing coming along?</p>
<p>Only a pleasure, glad you like!</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>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>Here is my version. It's pretty much the original plan. I decided to embed steel pinballs throughout the base as counterweights. There are 10 of them, and it seems to steady it perfectly. The bulb is an LED and was $5 at Lowes.</p>
<p>Great idea! Love it!!</p>
<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

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