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September 10, 2010

Wooden LED Desk Lamp Project

at 9:35 am. Filed under DIY Hacks


If you are looking for a new desk lamp don’t go to Walmart, get out some hand tools (or a CNC or Laser Cutter) out and make your own. This crazy Wooden LED Desk Lamp Project design was done by jeff-o. He installed a 3 watt LED in the head for a nice amount light.

“The majority of the lamp is made of 1/4″ and 1/2″ Baltic Birch plywood.  I love using this stuff to make things – a quick skim of my other Instructables will confirm that!  It’s strong and stable and easy to cut – and it’s made of a renewable resource! Everything is designed to be cut out of either 1/4″ or 1/2″ plywood.  Since there are many identical parts, you can stack the 1/4″ wood and cut it in pairs.  Not only is this faster, it also ensures that the joints are precisely aligned (this is important for the arms and joints especially).”


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8 Responses to “Wooden LED Desk Lamp Project”

  1. Shadyman Says:

    Oh dear, looks like I’m going to have to build that open-source laser cutter now..

  2. Punkguyta Says:

    The only thing it is missing is some kind of lamp shade, without it, the light isn’t as focused, and it just doesn’t look the same…

  3. jeff-o Says:

    Hi, jeff-o here! There’s no need for a lamp shade. The beam of light from the LED bulb is so narrow (30-40 degrees) that a shade would be pointless. Of course, if you used a regular incandescent or fluorescent bulb, then a shade would be required…

  4. Whatnot Says:

    I like the design of it.
    And the execution is nice too of course.

  5. IcanCwhatUsay Says:

    It look great and all, just one question, How do I get one? Is it for sale? or even the 3D drawing files I’ll be happy with? Seriously, HOW MUCH?

  6. jeff-o Says:

    Just check the Instructable, all the CAD files you need, as well as instructions, are right there for free.

    But I must ask… how much would you pay for one? 😉

  7. IcanCwhatUsay Says:

    Awesome Thank you! As for how much I would pay for one, I would say around 60-80 dollars finished, built and shipped. However, I don’t think I’d have the same satisfaction if I didn’t build it myself. I would rather pay about $30 for a good well made .DXF or .IGES file that I can plug into AutoCAD or Solid Works. This way I can choose my material, add some specifications and so forth. Friday Morning I had found the Instructable instructions and downloaded the files from there into Solid Works and AutoCAD. Sadly Solid Works coughed and spit them back at me because there are so many broken plot points. The good news is after a weekend of hunting down all 252 broken lines, I was able to create a 3D model of the lamp with some minor modifications.(mainly just changing some hole sizes and an adjustment to some curves). Overall though I do think that somewhere online there would be a small market for (as I would put it) “over engineered” lamps. I’m currently working with robots in my career field and I need a lot of light to do the work I’m doing. So I’ve been hunting high and low for a lamp that said “Engineering/Robotic” and that is when I came across your lamp. That being said I’m sure I’m not the only person out there that either has a passion/need for a Machined-looking lamp. Anyways, if you have come up with any other ideas for lamps, I’d be very interested to see them. I really appreciate your work and your openness to help others create replicas of your lamp.

    p.s. Thank you for your speedy reply


  8. Jeff-o Says:

    Oh, did you grab the illustrator files? Yes, plenty of broken lines I’m afraid. They are intended more for manual cutting. Someone on instructables actually did go to the effort of making proper CAD files, which are also posted with the .ai files.

    The amount of light you get will depend entirely on the bulb you use.

    As for other lamp ideas, I have one half-baked idea at the moment, but nothing I can share yet. I do want to make more though!

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