I’m always looking to make something unique. A lamp is always a good project that allows one to harvest some creativity. This lamp is one that I actually use. It’s unique and functional.
It incorporates a dimmer switch located in the base with a low energy use LED bulb so it is versatile to provide the amount of light you want at any given time.
The base was laminated hard maple that was then routed and drilled to accommodate the hardware needed to make it all work.
The top of the base got the edges rounded over and drilled for the switch and post for the assembly that holds the bulb.
The switch is one of the main features of the lamp as it gives it you the ability to dim the light to your needs. Wire connections all done taking time to make them all secure.
With everything secure it was time to make the upper structure. More hard maple cut, sized, shaped, and grooved to hold the lenses that cover it. All glued together to make a nice frame. The top was designed to have some style and allow the installation of the bulb from the top. Also it has a space at the bottom, all this to allow heat to dissipate so as not to melt the lenses. This was a lesson learned on an earlier lamp project.
Glue and screws at the key points make it pretty rugged.
The screws get capped and adds to the detail of the lamp. Gotta insert the lenses before screwing it all together, but also have to finish the wood before putting in the lenses or any more hardware. I used a clear finish to let the beauty of the maple wood show through.
One small detail that bothered me was the knob that came with the switch. Silver covered plastic was functional, but I just wanted something more unique. So I mounted a piece of maple on the lathe and got creative. This is what I came up with.
Unique and functional.
One final note. The bottom is covered with a medium weight felt to cover the electrical details and provide a nice pad so it won’t scratch whatever it is set on.