I love lamp. Still.

“A bad workman blames his tools” is one of those sayings that rally gets me. If I have a blunt chisel, why shouldn’t I blame it? Stupid thing should be sharper. OK, so I could sharpen it or throw it in the bin and get a better one. I suppose that’s the lesson I’ve learnt. If you’re blaming your tools, do something about it. And that’s exactly what I did when I got annoyed with the bad lighting in my “workshop” (kitchen). I couldn’t see what the hell I was doing and so I decided to make a lamp.

What you lookin' at?
What you lookin’ at?

The design was loosely based on an Anglepoise lamp and one I saw in Homage (see here). I had a chrome head from a defunct office lamp which I used to draw out the right proportions.

Sketchy.
Sketchy.

After transferring the measurements onto some American red oak, I cut the arms to size, planed them and drilled the necessary holes.

Neaty.
Neaty.

 

The arms were now in place and held together with some 5mm studs and wingnuts.

Army.
Army.

A section needed cutting out for the lamp head fixture.

Choppy.
Choppy.

 

The base was next – a large lump of Tasmanian oak would hopefully be heavy enough to support the structure. After a bit of planing and chopping, it was ready to be assembled with the arms and the head.

Basey.
Basey.

 

And because I thought it looked so good I took some super sexy close-up shots. Mmmmmmm look at that grain. Oooo don’t get too excited.

 So, that’s my lamp. And this video expresses how I feel about it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=gId6nrMDmUU#t=13s

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