Introduction: 2018 Olympic Torch Lamp
Obviously, the first picture is of the real thing, if I'm allowed to post it, mine stands almost 27" tall, hence the paint can for reference.
Step 1: 2018 Olympics Torch Lamp
This was a quick throw-together of some everyday stuff to make an Olympic torch like they carried to start the 2018 Olympics. After some study, I found out that they design a new torch for each Olympics. This years just happened to look like a softball bat, and that gave me the idea, WHY NOT? I wanted it to be full-sized, mine stands nearly 27" tall.
Step 2: Lets Get Started.
This is the whiffle ball bat I started with, and the pattern for the slots to be cut were from a coloring book web page. The bat is available HERE.
Step 3: Cut the Top Off.
I did this with my miter saw, but a sharp knife will do also (carefully).
Step 4: Mark Off the Slots Positions.
Everything is in fifths, due to the theme. It was easier to print out the pattern, than to try to lay out the points by math.
Step 5: One Side Straight:
I noticed one side of the slots were straight, the other curved.
Step 6: Trace the Outline.
Again, easier than laying out a design. I did size the pattern for the correct proportions.
Step 7: Make the Cuts.
I started cutting with a sharp knife, tried heavy duty scissors, tin snips, ended up using a sharpened blade on an
Oscillating Multi-Tool. Whatever works best for you.
Step 8: Top Ring.
Top ring cut out of 1/4" plywood. I needed something to stiffen the top fingers. I used my scroll saw, but a jig saw will do the job.
Step 9: Cut Out the Base.
I used a scrap piece of 1" MDF for the base, but almost anything will work, so long as it's heavy enough to hold the lamp upright. I used another printed out pattern, as I discovered how tricky it was to lay out the design without one, (math was not by favorite subject).
I I then used a 2" Forstner bit for a recess to mount the bat bottom. The other small hole for the power line up to the socket.
Step 10: Base Bottom.
Then used a 2-3/4" Forstner bit for the bottom cavity to allow for the mounting bolt/nut and then slotted with 1/4" router bit to allow the power cord to clear the base. I used these tools I already had, but all this can be done with other tools, or hand tools.
Step 11: Add the Lamp Socket.
I had to buy socket for the lamp that was mountable with another ring cut from 1/4" plywood.
Note the bulb used is an LED simulated flame bulb.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES USE ANY OTHER TYPE OF BULB OTHER THAN LED, DUE TO THE HEAT PRODUCED AND CLOSE PROXIMITY TO PLASTIC!
The lamp is available HERE.
The socket is available HERE.
Step 12: Ready to Mount Up.
I just used a short #10-32 bolt/nut to secure the bat to the base, easy-peasy.
Step 13: Guides.
Not sure if they are allowed, but here are the artwork I used for inspiration/etc.
Step 14: Voila!
Added the finishing touches gold foil, stars, and a stuck-on print of the Logo and it has a really nice soft flame-like glow. The pictures do not do it justice, the camera gave me fits capturing the simulated flame. Not the most perfect copy, but it captures the spirit of the games, for those that are impressed by the talent on display at the games.
Participated in the
First Time Author Contest 2018