Introduction: Wooden Table Lamp

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This is a small desk lamp that I made. It shows the grain in the wood which I think is really neat. It doesn't use much glue, it only uses some to hold the columns up but that's enough for this contest.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

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  1. Some nice wood, I used Wendge
  2. Veneer or very thin wood, mine was white oak
  3. a smaller light on a cord, I got mine for $6 at
  4. 1/4 inch dowel only 4-5 inches
  5. a 3/4 inch bit, a 1/4 inch bit
  6. wood glue
  7. 1/4 inch chisel
  8. a saw/table saw
  9. a drillpress or drill
  10. linseed oil

Step 2: Setting Up Your Base

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cut a 5by5 square of your nice wood. Then make a 3/4 inch border and draw a square. At each corner of the inside square make a 3/4by3/4 inch square.In the center of the piece make a mark for drilling a hole later.

Step 3: Cut the Colums

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cut a piece of the nice wood 5 inches long. then cut it into 4 smaller pieces 3/4 inches wide

Step 4: Drilling the Holes

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drill holes in the center of the squares on the base and on the bottom of the columns using the 1/4 inch drill bit. All of the holes should be drilled 1/2 inch deep.

Step 5: Cuting the Dowel

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cut 4 pieces of the 1/4 inch dowel each just under an inch long then put them into the columns holes with some wood glue to keep them in there.

Step 6: Make the Slots for the Veneer

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using a hack saw I made slots on 2 sides of each of the columns, and on the base from hole to hole which line up with the ones on the column. Each slot is only a couple of centimeters deep.

Step 7: Put in the Light

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If you are using the light I did you first need to break the metal part off. Then take the 3/4 inch drill bit and make a hole in the center of the base. After that flip the base and using a small chisel make a slot for the cord to go in. Then put it in to see if it fits

Step 8: Sanding

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sand up all the pieces getting rid of all stray pencil/sharpie marks made and smoothing out the wood making it look good and feel smooth.

Step 9: Gluing and Finishing

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Glue the 4 columns in and after it is dry take the linseed oil and rub it all over the thing with a good amount coating everything. After 20 minutes come back and wipe the thing dry of the extra oil, if you don't wipe it down it will become sticky and gross.

Step 10: Cut the Veneer

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Cut the veneer to the right shape for each slot then put them in, making sure they are not bending but instead are straight in it.

Step 11: Finished

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Put the cord in the base and hold it down with glue or staples then put the light bulb in and turn it on.


Apsmi589 (author)2015-09-10

jk luv u zeke

nmasseria (author)2015-04-17

You have given me an idea for my next project I want to use LED lights in mine to control the colors what do you think?

victorvector (author)2014-06-12

Nice !

Japanese like feel to it. Elegant simplicity.

Bill WW (author)2014-06-11

Very nice; I like the soft light through the veneer,

For the dark wood you used, I think you mean wenge. It looks like the wenge I have in my shop.

zekezane (author)Bill WW2014-06-12

typo sorry

craftclarity (author)2014-06-11

This is really lovely

旅程 (author)2014-06-11


fozzy13 (author)2014-06-10

This looks awesome!
The contest is closed now, but for future reference, you can enter any contest if you're under 18 as long as you have the permission of a parent/guardian.

Raitis (author)2014-06-10

I have made a rather large lampshade from walnut veneer. To anyone wondering - the backlit wood patterns are amazing and you should totally have a go at lamp like in this ible.

zekezane (author)2014-06-10


ray74 (author)2014-06-09

Very nice.

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2014-06-09

Love it! Love the look of wood :)

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