By Ken Burton
Lighten Up Your Woodworking
Lamps are definitely the right accessory for lots of woodworking tasks, so why now not make the lamp in addition? selecting the best lamps in your domestic should be difficult- simply discovering ones you're keen on takes a few doing, they usually could be very pricey. Why plow through all that, for those who could make your individual? Crafting wood Lamps has plans for twenty-four nice lamps and lighting fixtures initiatives that the majority woodworkers can whole in a weekend. The designs diversity from conventional to modern, and laidback to funky. A bankruptcy on wiring exhibits precisely how one can use easily-available lamp elements to hook issues up accurately.
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Extra info for Crafting wooden lamps
Unfortunately, there is not a lot that a lamp designer can do to help out with the energy efficiency of a bulb other than to specify the use of a more efficient one. Fortunately, we have some good options to this end. Compact florescent bulbs are much more efficient than incandescents in many applications. ) in how cool they remain when lit. There are also significant advances being made in LED technology to the point where some LED bulbs are now available for general, ambient lighting purposes.
To lay out the shape of the triangular lamp, I simply measured equal distances on ether side of the centerline at the top and bottom and connected the dots with a straightedge. For the other two designs, I made up patterns as shown in Photo 1. ONE When your shape involves curves, there is nothing like a pattern to make layout easier. And, because these lamps are symmetrical, you only need a half pattern. I make patterns from ¼” plywood or MDF. Make the layout by enlarging the drawing. Then cut and sand it to shape.
Extend the center line across the top and bottom of the piece and drill the hole from either end with a ½ ” bit. If your drill press has a limited travel (mine only goes 3") drill as far as you can and stop the machine. Raise the table with the bit in the hole, then start and drill to the limit of the bit’s length. Turn the piece over and drill the rest of the hole from the other end. THREE For lamps where the grain runs up and down (vertically), it is better to rout the hole rather than trying to drill into endgrain.