Spider Shaped Lamp

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Introduction: Spider Shaped Lamp

This is my attempt to make a spider shaped lamp. I used mahogany for this purpose and an Edison bulb.

So lets get started,

Tools And Materials:

  • Wood (any kind, I used mahogany)
  • Super glue
  • Wood glue
  • Sander
  • Drill
  • Rotary tool
  • Sandpaper
  • 8mm drill bit
  • 28mm spade bit
  • Band saw
  • Miter saw
  • Clear varnish

Please check out this video I have made to understand what is going on and to see the whole process:


Step 1: Select and Prepare the Wood

Get a piece of wood and cut it into 2.00 x 1.2 cm strips. These strips are going to be used for the spider's legs. You can also use a planer if you have got one to plane the wood. If you do not have one you can use a hand plane.

Step 2: The Socket

You will also need a socket for the light bulb. I have chosen a metallic one, not for its appearance but because it was the only one that could be disassembled and give small parts. I used only the ring you can see on the picture.

Step 3: Making the Spider's Body (Part 1)

The spider's body is consisted by two discs of wood each one 3.0 cm tall. The one of them has to be hollowed using a 28 mm spade bit. This is going to be the part where the socket will fit in.

So cut the two pieces on the band saw and glue them together. Use a clamp to apply pressure and once they are clamped let the glue set overnight.

Step 4: Making the Spider's Body (Part 2)

Once the glue is dry take the piece you just made and give it a round shape. A lathe would help a lot but once I haven't got one I had to find another way to do it. So I removed as much material I could using an orbital sander.

Step 5: Spider Legs

Using your miter saw cut out six pieces 6 cm long with miters on both ends. I cut two pieces at 45°, two at 30° and two more at 35°. You can cut your pieces at any angle you like as long as its not less than 30°.

Next cut six more pieces 15 cm long. Again two of them at 45°,two at 30° and two more at 35°.

Step 6: Spider Legs (Part 2)

Shape the spider's legs as shown on the picture 2 and glue them together. You should have something like this.

Now with your rotary tool shape the legs to make a good contact with the spider's body.

Step 7: Attach the Legs

Attach the legs on the body using super glue. You can also use wood glue but it takes more time and it is difficult to clamp the legs on the body.

Step 8: Jaws

Again for the spider's jaws cut two small pieces of wood and glue them together as you did with the legs. This time use a hand saw or a hand miter saw because the parts are too small and it is dangerous to use power tools.

Step 9: Attach the Cord

Drill a 8mm hole on the spider's belly for the cord. Pass the cord through the hole and connect the wires on the socket. Once you have the wires connected place the socket into the hole on the wood and secure it with two screws.

Step 10: Paint or Varnish

Finish the lamp the way you want it, whether using spray lacquer or paint.

Step 11: It Is Done!

The spider lamp is ready. Hope you had a good time reading this.If you have any questions I am here to help!

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35 Comments

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frodem
frodem

5 months ago on Step 5

Hi, nice work! I'm trying to figure this out :) I just wonder about the legs, why are some 45 degree and some 30/35? Should it not be the same? Or is it because of the body of the spider where the legs go?

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moerasheks
moerasheks

1 year ago on Step 11

lovely, but..... a spider has 8 legs.
Did 2 fall off? :|

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frodem
frodem

Reply 5 months ago

Its a piece of art :)

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victor  Christian
victor Christian

Question 10 months ago

Lo felicito el proyecto es muy interesante e imaginativo, pero al tratar de hacer mi propia lampara me surgen unas dudas,pues algo no me calza; en las explicaciones y el video se habla de tres pares de patas con diferentes ángulos para armar cada par, lo que les da diferentes medidas e inclinaciones a las piezas de 6 cmt.; sin embargo en las imágenes y el video se ve que los tres pares tienen el mismo angulo y medidas, aparentemente algo estoy haciendo mal. Podría por favor darme una ayuda. gracias

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jessyratfink
jessyratfink

4 years ago

I am terrified of spiders, but this is still gorgeous! I think this would look amazing mounted on a wall. :D

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karthiki5
karthiki5

4 years ago

Is a copper socket okay?

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fs woodworking
fs woodworking

Reply 4 years ago

You mean not to make a wooden body but instead use a socket?

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rainingfiction
rainingfiction

4 years ago

I'd make this as a gift for an arachnophobe. IT'S TIME TO GET OVER YOUR FEAR DOUG!

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fs woodworking
fs woodworking

Reply 4 years ago

Lol. You don't want to do that.

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PardoByNight
PardoByNight

4 years ago

This is really awesome!

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fs woodworking
fs woodworking

Reply 4 years ago

Thank you.!!!

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ΚΩΣΤΑΣΓ2
ΚΩΣΤΑΣΓ2

4 years ago

Ιt would be very kind if you upload a pdf file for all of us beginners !!!
Congratulations.

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fs woodworking
fs woodworking

Reply 4 years ago

Γεια σου φίλε Κώστα. PDF εχω φτιάξει για προηγούμενα instructables που εχω ανεβάσει εδω. Αυτη τη κατασκευή δε τη σχεδίασα εξαρχής αλλα δούλεψα οπως μου έβγαινε. Γιαυτο δεν εχω σχέδια. Στο επόμενο... Σε ευχαριστώ για το σχόλιό σου.

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cristhompson
cristhompson

4 years ago

Lovely! I'm inspired to design a 3d printed version...

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valerioparis
valerioparis

4 years ago

Nice concept and execution!

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fs woodworking
fs woodworking

Reply 4 years ago

Thank you very much

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stumitch
stumitch

4 years ago

Great job! I think I might try it with my woodworking class. Excellent details with the 'ible. A small side note... I know that it means less control; but what about using a pushstick or cutting jig with the bandsaw cuts? I watched the video thinking it would be great to show to a class but wow man, I worry about your fingers. Can't show that to a group of kids or I will have a few rides to the hospital with students. :-)