John F. Adams
Table lamps, other than those of a very plain character, are relatively expensive when purchased. A very attractive lamp can be made, however, as herein described, at a most moderate cost for materials. The illustration shows the general design; the particular feature, which serves to keep down the cost, while at the same time giving a lamp that will provide abundant light, is the use of an ordinary central-draft, metal lamp, which can be purchased of about any lamp dealer for a dollar or less. Secure one with black iron finish, if possible, as it is more in keeping with the design than a brightly polished metal.
As a lamp of this type should preferably stand upon a table of the mission style, the wood and finish of lamp should be similar to table. Where no special kind of finish is required, if made of red gumwood and finished with a dark brown or red filler as preferred, a good effect is obtained. A new and popular combination is the use of birdseye maple, filled and stained to a medium steel-gray, and wax finished. Other woods and finishes will readily suggest themselves for use in particular places.
The pillar is made of four pieces 7 in. wide, 15 in. long and 1/2 in. thick. The edges of these pieces are beveled to 40° with glue and wire nailed with finish nails. If these joints are well fitted they will be hardly discernable. The eight angle pieces are 10 in. long, 1 1/2 in- wide at the bottom and 1/4 in. at the top ; the front edges being cut to the curve as shown in Fig. 2. The outer edges of these pieces are 1/2 in. from the corners of the pillar.
The ornamental slots in the sides of the pillar are made by boring three holes at each end and then cutting out with a compass saw, finishing with a chisel and file. The centers of the holes at each end are 8 in. apart; the lower one 4 in. from the top of the platform. The tops of sides of the pillar are also cut out as shown in Fig. 2, the slots being 1/2 in. deep and 4 in. long. If 1/4 in. holes are bored at the inner corners of these slots, a good curve is thus obtained; use a sharp bit, however, so that the cut will be a smooth one.
The platform is made of four pieces 12 in. long, 2 in. wide and 1/2 in. thick. The ends are beveled to 45° and also the upper inner edges so that the top, which is also beveled, will let down into the sides, making all joints inconspicuous. The top is 12 in. square and 1/2 in. thick, the outer edge beveled to 45° and a hole 5 in. square cut in the center. The openings at the bottom of the side pieces are 7 in. long and 1 in. high, and are to admit the air to the lamp. These openings or those in the sides of the pillar can be omitted but not both of them. When complete, this platform is nailed and glued to the pillar and angle pieces.
The top of the pillar is fitted with a square board in which has been cut a circular hole, of a size to just fit