Step 1: making the parts

 You'll need:

a small amount of wood: a 2 x 4 will be more than enough. I used less than half a square foot of 3/4 inch thick plywood. Cut and notch it as pictured, and you've got your basics done!

a couple rubber bands. The nice part about all this is that you can adjust the tension of your lamp by just adding another rubber band. You can also easily replace them--unlike the springs and pieces in your usual desk lamp

a light bulb and electrical socket

a sheet of printer paper

Cut the wood pieces--on a bandsaw if you're lazy, and by hand if you're really hardcore about it. Wood piece 4 is a small piece that slots into wood piece 3 after everything's done to constrain the range of motion of the lamp

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Very easy to build, great looking lamp! It'd be awesome if you could share the design files.
neat project. wish you provided a few more pictures &amp; different angles of the wood pieces; but other than that excellent!
I like the Renaissance-esque look of the design. On the other hand, this seems like an ideal project for a 3D printer.
i love it! i just dont understand the little wood piece...
It slots in as a final step to lock the pieces together, kind of like a keystone piece. Otherwise, the larger members are too loosely held together. It also helps to contrain the range of motion of the desk lamp so that it won't overextend itself or fall over. <br><br>I'm glad you like it! If you're trying to build it, good luck :)
&nbsp;The design is very nice. &nbsp;How accurate do the cuts need to be? &nbsp;Unless I am missing something basic, some of these cuts seem difficult for an unskilled person to make.
&nbsp;thanks! I'm glad someone out there is thinking about making this. the notches for the rubber bands have very little need for precision--as long as they can hold the rubber bands in, you're pretty much set. However, the cutouts in the actual pieces of wood and the large notches that hold them together are a bit more important, as they determine the range of motion of the lamp. I've calibrated the current one so that its range of motion is constrained such that it won't unbalance itself. I'm sorry, but I haven't had time to post the measurements, but I'll try to get them up over the weekend.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The cuts are pretty easy to make on the bandsaw--and not too tough if you have a nice, small hacksaw and draw out your notches before you start cutting.<br /> <br /> let me know how it goes!<br />
Nice design!<br />

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