A Modern Lamp for any Table

Modern Table Lamp
Here is a pointer to my “A Modern Lamp for any Table” article that appeared on page 18 of the AAW June 2021 “American Woodturner” Journal.

Here is a modern table lamp project that is relatively easy to turn. Its shaft comprises three separately turned pieces in spindle orientation (grain running parallel to the lathe’s bed ways), which allows for the attractive use of contrasting woods and avoids the need for a long lamp auger. The lamp’s base is a simple component turned in faceplate orientation (grain running perpendicular to the bed ways).

To read more see my “A Modern Lamp for any Table” magazine article on page 18 of “American Woodturner, The Journal of the American Association of Woodturners, June 2018, Vol. 36, No. 3”. Or click here for PDF.

Modern Table Lamp Drawing

Alternate Base Design

Photo: A Modern Lamp for any Table 1

Updated: 12/31/2023. One of my students came up with an alternate base design. See above photo on the left. I like it. It flares up in the center to meet the lamp shaft. The outside edge is flared out rather than undercut.

He also sent me some “Glamour Shots” of the finished lamp. Great photos! See photos below.

Photo: A Modern Lamp for any Table 2
Photo: A Modern Lamp for any Table 3


Updated: 9/4/2021. Carl has been published numerous times. Click here to see a list of Carl’s other magazine articles.