Introduction: Scissor Lamp Designed Using Fusion 360
This project was a lot of fun from start to finish. I have never used fusion 360 before so the learning curve was steep. I wanted to test my self and make something that moves and fusion 360 was so cool to see how it would work before I even cut one piece of wood.
Like i said before first time using 360 I have taken some CAD classes at the local university. so dont judge me to hard on the finished 360.... i couldn't get the base plate to move the way i wanted so i took it out of the finished project. so enough jaw jacking lets get to the build!!!
Lumber required is minimal i used scraps i had in the scrap heap to build this
I used threaded rod with lock nuts for the swing arm
I used 1 wing nut on the threaded rod to attach the lamp shade to the accordion arm
1 lamp kit
1 6 inch 1/4 inch bolt
1 2 inch x 1/4 inch bolt
Step 1: Cut Sticks
I call the Accordion things sticks So from this point forward the thingies are sticks
I set some parameters on my fusion 360 drawing and call the thickness wood.
using Parameters is probably the single biggest thing I like most about Fusion 360
I change the design once i check my wood pile and seen I didnt have enough wood for a 12 in stick but I did for have one for 8 inch sticks. so if you set the stick as a parameter it can easily be change. same with the thickness
- cut 10 pieces wood to size 3/4x1/2x8" this will give you all 6 sticks plus the 2 halfs and pieces for the lamp mount.
Step 2: Drill Holes
- Drill 1/4 on the ends
- drill 3/8 in the middle this will allow the wire a place to go.
- not shown in the picture I had to cut 2 of the stick off just above the middle hole this will be the 2 end pieces.
- round the edges with a disc sander
Step 3: Problems.... Problem Solved!!!
With any project you will have issues that you will have to figure out I make plenty so here is one. I made the sliders to small and they where not tough enough.
The way I solved this is to triple up the wood and make it tough. Then cut it down to size
Step 4: Build the Accordion
I started off by making the center attachment first.
- use the grinder to cut the lamp pipe to 1.5 inches
- use super glue/locktite to ensure the nuts stay on.
Step 5: Back Plate and Slider Holders
I am sure there is more technical names for these items but for this instructable we will be using my special terms..
- 5x16 piece of oak/wood of choose,put a nice edge on it with a Palm router
- put an edge on the Rod holders. Its much easier to put the edge on a longer piece so rout it then put it on the miter saw to cut it to size.
- Use1/4 bolts and cut the heads off with the grinder
- drill a hole on each side offsetting it by 1/2 inch since that is the space when the accordion sticks are put together.
Step 6: Paint the Brass
All I could find is brass color so I grinded it down, put super glue on the nuts to hopefully hold them in place and then added some black paint.
Step 7: Prep for Assembly
If you look at the picture of the material I originally bought you will see 10-32 screws and acorn nuts. I switch mid way and used 1/4 inch rod and lock nuts.
- drilled the pilot holes for the slider blocks and then counter sink them to make it sit flat on the wall.
- add dado on the back in the middle the depth of 1/4 inch or so for the power cord
- drilled a 3/8 hole throught the center of the board this will allow the wire to run down and still allow the lamp to sit flush on the wall
Step 8: Lamp Shade
construction of the Lamp shade from oak is as follows.
- I cut thin strips of oak
- make dados in the thicker oak the same width as the thin oak
- drilled a 3/8 inch hole in the center top piece and connected it to the shade with glue and brads.
- cut a 6 inch piece of oak and drill a 3/8 inch hole on the end and screw the lamp pipe into both pieces of wood.
to attach the lamp shade to the accordion arm, drilled a 1/4 inch hole on the opposite side of the 3/8 hole and attached it with the a long threaded rod with lock nut on one side and a wing nut on the other to make it easy to adjust the direction of the light.
Step 9: Finishing
Time to finish this off.
I used the same router bit to add decorative edges
- add finish of your choose and add paste wax to the 1/4 inch bolts
Step 10: Wire It Up
- buy lamp kit
- install through the holes
- plug it in
- and enjoy
Step 11: Mount
Drilled a hole at the top and bottom this will need to be attach to a stud or used really strong anchors. I am really please with the look of this and using fusion 360 has got me thinking of all kinds of projects so give me a follow and vote for me on the indoor light contest.
Second Prize in the
Indoor Lighting Contest
3 years ago
Good solutions to your problems! And it's quite okay to change midway when you find some other method is better. Cool idea - albeit maybe use veneer instead of cutting the lampshade thickness? I'm sure your next iteration will have wildly different shapes for the lampshade!
Reply 3 years ago
i contemplated even leaving it off and just using a edison bulb
Reply 3 years ago
You know, that WOULD be cool - and with the new LED bulbs that have the interesting wiring inside the glass, it might complement the accordian funkiness!