Here’s my final design for the upcycle project, an LED lamp made from laser cut sections of wood veneer. The earlier stages of my design process are documented on previous blogs, so I’ll pick up where the last one left off. I went to assemble the paper prototype that I made, and quickly realized that I had numbered the cross sections wrong, and I had no idea what order the 60 pieces fit into the slots. But with the few that I did have correct, I realized that the form I had made was too tall and skinny to fit anything inside, especially a light. And also I didn’t have enough of any one color of wood in long enough sections to make it. So I changed my design to be shorter and wider, with fewer sections. Here’s my model from slicer:
I then arranged these sections closer together in Corel draw so that I could fit as many as possible on each piece of wood and sent them off to the laser cutter.
I made sure to label them as soon as the laser cutter was done so that I wouldn’t accidentally mix any up. Then came the tedious process of fitting the right piece to the right slot and gluing each one in place
After I had a few pieces in, the structure started to hold itself together and it was much easier to put the rest of the form together. Here’s the final form after assembling all the pieces:
I used the three spokes I created to weave in a bundle of LED lights to act as the light source for the lamp.
Overall I like the way it turned out! the wood gives it a nice warm glow and it casts cool shadows on the walls. I think it achieves the natural, flowing aesthetic I was after. And now I have a cool lamp!