If you are a woodworker who is looking for an inexpensive project to build that will be a classic item and can last for years, you should consider something as simple as a table lamp. The amount of material is low and the satisfaction you will receive from a simple wood project like this is fairly high.
If you are building this lamp, select a high quality wood rather than an off the shelf maple, oak, or pine. Go with something exotic to set this item apart. You could even purchase an exotic lumber of the web at a site like Rockler.com. Take a look at some of the lumber options that we linked below (Zebrawood and Bocote).
Free Mission Lamp Plans 1
The mission lamp plans can be found by clicking on the image of the lamp. I wish the imagery was a higher quality, but the plan is so straightforward, you should be able to make things out. It is such a simple and classic style that I didn’t want to ignore it.
Free Mission Lamp Plans 2
In addition to the mission lamp plans above, we located a lamp plan that is a bit more detailed, but is a similar style and technique to the mission table lamp above. In this case, there is an exploded drawing and a more detailed how-to (click the image of the lamp to view the full plans.
|Zebrawood by the Piece|
|The distinctive striped appearance of Zebrawood has made it a favorite for decorative inlays and veneers. The color ranges from golden-yellow to a peanut butter tone with chocolate veins running through it. The wood is hard, dense and extremely tough. These thin boards are machined S4S to 1/8″ and 1/4″ thicknesses, eliminating wear and tear on your planer. You won’t have to worry about tearout, which is difficult to prevent when planing thin stock. Thin boards are ideal for edging, veneering, inlay, marquetry, sides for decorative boxes, bending stock, bent laminations and whatever else your imagination can dream up!
|Bocote Sold by the Piece|
|Bocote is an exotic wood loved by woodworkers for its beauty and its good steam bending classification. Use it for cabinets and furniture, decorative pieces, and boat decking.