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I started this piece as a table lamp some 8 months ago! But my sample piece was large and I couldn’t find the right shade. I wanted to scale it down, but I just didn’t get around to it. So the partially finished piece just sat there all by its lonesome. And then when I started planning this feature on light fixtures, I knew it was the perfect time to bring it back into the fray.
If you are looking for a ceiling pendant, check out this post on selecting a light fixture. Although here I have made it as a single pendant, it could also look great as a chandelier.
The absolute easiest way to make this into a table lamp is to select a simple stick lamp, like this one, and let it act as a sleeve. Or you could also use it with an uplight like I did to create some cool shadows and mood lighting. I think it looks great here with the Hudson.
Outer frame: 3/4″ square dowel
4 @ 9″ – basic frame legs
8 @ 5″ – basic frame horizontal pieces (will need 1 extra if making into a pendant)
Fretwork design: 1/2″ square dowel
16 @ 1 1/2″ fretwork panel posts
8 @ 8″
8 @ 4″
- Begin by assembling the basic outer frame. Use two short dowels and two long dowels to create a rectangle. Then rotate and add the short dowels then a long dowel, etc, until you’ve completed the frame.
- Lay down the 4″ and 8″ fretwork dowels. Glue a 1 1/2″ post in the center of each dowel. To make this quick, I measured the center for the first one, glued on the post, then used it as a template for the remaining dowels.
- Once the glue had dried a bit, I flipped each dowel upside down to make a T, and used a nailer to nail through the dowel and into the post.
- After all of the posts were attached, I stood up a long dowel, and nailed through the short dowel into the long dowel to create a 90 degree angle. I then added the other long dowel, and finally the short dowel to complete one fretwork panel.
- Slide the panel into one side of the outer frame, flush to the inside, and then nail it in place from the outside of the frame into the 4 posts.
- Repeat steps 4 and 5 to finish out the piece.
- For pendant – attach a cross piece to top and drill hole for cord.
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