Arts and Crafts Table Lamp Barre VT
Arts and Crafts Table Lamp
Arts and Crafts Table Lamp
Sure-fire steps simplify the intricate shade joinery.
by Jon Stumbras
Our table lamp is reminiscent of the Prairie style of design, with lines that Frank Lloyd Wright might favor. In spite of its complex-looking shade, this elegant lamp is within reach of any intermediate woodworker. We’ve figured out a straightforward system that tames all those nasty angles and guarantees good results. The wiring is also simple, even if you haven’t done much electrical work. All the parts are readily available through the mail or at a lighting store. You may find that the hardest part is selecting the stained glass. There is a bewildering array of colors and textures to choose from, but that’s part of the fun.
Build the Shade Frame
The shade is made of four identical frames. Use a stop block for all the cuts.
1. Mill the 4/4 mahogany to thickness and rip the boards into 1-in. widths. Rough-cut three 12-in. pieces and one 18-in. piece for each of the four frames (K, L, M). Cut enough parts to build an extra frame as a precaution and for setup purposes.
2. Attach a long auxiliary fence to your tablesaw’s miter gauge. We added an acrylic guard just as a reminder of where not to put one’s fingers.
3. Make a setup block for setting your miter gauge angles by cutting a 38-degree angle on one end and a 26-degree angle on the other one. Use an accurate miter saw to cut the block.
4. Set the miter gauge to cut at 38 degrees (Photo 1). Miter both ends of the frame sides (K) and frame bottoms (M) to final dimensions. Miter just the left edge of the frame top (L). All these cuts can be made using one miter fence setting.
5. Cut the half-lap joint on the mitered end of each piece (Photo 2; Fig. B, below). Use scrap wood to set the blade height and a stop block for each cut. You will need to rotate the miter gauge 38 degrees right and left of center to accomplish all the angles.
6. Dry-fit all the pieces together and mark the position of the half-lap on the right side of the frame top (Photo 3). Then cut the rest of the top half-laps.
7. Glue each frame assembly together with small C-clamps. When the glue has set, cut off the waste on the top.
Rabbet for the Glass
8. Make a template out of 1/4-in. plywood to cut rabbets in each frame. Simply place a shade frame on the plywood, trace the interior and mark lines 1/4 in. to the outside of the tracing lines. Cut to this line with a jigsaw. Keep the template 3 in. wide to support the router.
9. Rout the rabbet with a 1/4-in. straight bit and guide bushing (Photo 4; Fig. C, below). Take several passes of to get the rabbet to full depth. Clean up the corners of the rabbet using a chisel.
Cut the Compound Miters
10. Use the setup block to set the tablesaw miter fence to cut at 38 degrees and angle the blade to 26 degrees.
11. Place a frame, face side up, with the bottom against the fence. Cut the co...