Here’s my latest attempt in the DIY world. A wooden floor lamp with Paper Cover.
The result is a bit of a saving grace because I learned a lot of things which work and which don’t in this project.
For this floor lamp, the intended dimensions were: Three feet high and six inches wide & deep.
I started with half an inch thick wooden strips. After cutting them to the desired length with a handsaw, I lightly sand-papered them with emery paper number 80. This was to remove any splinters from the wood surface and also make it smoother. There was no need to smooth-en it any further because I was going to attach the paper on it. In case you want to make some kind of removable cloth or paper cover, you may want to smooth-en the surface further.
I decided to nail the wood together. Not a very good idea. The wood strips are very thin and also it is difficult to keep the long and small piece exactly perpendicular while nailing them together.
Because of the fact that I could not figure out a very good way of nailing the wood at 90 degrees, the result was a slightly skewed frame. Although not visible in the photograph above, there is a slight bend towards right.
Anyway, moving on, I attached some wooden board at the bottom to act as the base for the eventual bulb holder.
Not visible in the frame picture (you can see it in the top photo) is the support I added halfway in the frame. In hindsight, I don’t think it is required and also breaks the clean view when the lamp is lit.
I found a very beautiful hand made paper at the local stationary shop and used paper glue to attach the paper onto to the lamp.
I glued a tracing sheet onto the frame before attaching the hand made paper. The reason was to ensure that light spreads evenly inside the frame and the bulb does not see-through the paper.
To attach the paper onto the wooden frame, I placed the paper on the floor. After applying glue to one side of the frame, I placed the frame on top of the paper. Slightly tricky as the paper may move and cause you problems. You can tape the paper to the floor to prevent it.
Then, apply the glue to the next side and roll the whole thing over. You may want to rub the paper where it joins with the frame while it is still wet. This is to prevent wrinkles forming on the paper.
I just placed a bulb holder on the floor and used a 20 watts CFL (compact florescent lamp) to test. Advantage of CFL is that it gives less heat than an incandescent bulb. It also saves electricity.
The result is quite good and I am kind of satisfied with my first attempt.
What all things I would change about the project:
1. Instead of nailing, it might be better to glue the wood together to achieve close to perfect alignment.
2. The bulb holder mechanism is now raised to the middle of the lamp. Even after using a 20 watts CFL Lamp, the light was not reaching to the top when the CFL was placed at the bottom of the lamp. You can also use two bulbs at top and bottom to achieve a uniform glow from the lamp.
3. There is no anchor weight at the bottom to keep the lamp steady. Standing alone, it is ready to topple over if a gust of wind comes thru the window. Some mechanism to add weight at the bottom would be a nice add-on.
Do you think it has come out decent or should I make another attempt? Ideas, suggestions are always welcome.