Progress Update: Scandinavian Lamp

Here is a recap of my project idea so far.

For my project, I am planning on making a lamp either for my desk or bedside table. I want it to be something that I can turn on late at night to provide me with light without keeping me awake. This would be done through the use of a smart lightbullb that is able to project a softer, warmer tone of light than most lightbulbs currently do. I also want the light to be indirect, as I have found that diffused and indirect light help me fall asleep better.

The aesthetic I have chosen for my project is Scandinavian. Scandinavian design is almost an extension of minimalism. It includes natural tones more intentionally, and additionally focuses on creating a comforting environment. This is drawn from the Danish concept of “hygge”. Hygge, while not directly translatable to English, encompasses the concept of coziness and comfort. Scandinavian designers accomplish this through the use of warm tones, natural materials like wood,  and clean lines.

Unfortunately, I have fallen a bit behind schedule. I ordered my wood a bit late, and it is still in transit. It should be here by the end of the week. I am confident that I will still be able to finish my project on time. I have solidified my CAD model and have prepared my files to upload into the laser cutter. I decided on going with cherry wood. Cherry has a very nice light color, and more importantly, it has a high workability. It should be able to go into the laser cutter no problem. I will definitely have to make some adjustments but I ordered enough to make several test cuts.

I have also purchased my socket for my lightbulb. I am also planning on picking up some Danish Oil to finish my piece. Cherry wood is very unique in that it changes color dramatically over time. An example is shown below.



Right after assembly

Shaker Table 1.jpg

Three years later

Because of this unique characteristic of the wood, I plan to only add a protective oil onto the wood. I don’t want to stain it. I am also considering leaving the wood outside for a few days. This would help to darken the wood significantly faster as UV rays are what cause the change in color. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to decide on that until I actually get my stock in.

Overall, even though I am running behind schedule, I have done as much as I can to prepare in the meantime. I think that I will still have plenty of time to finish my project and I am very excited for the final result!

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  • Matthew Osborn
    April 14, 2024 11:06 pm

    Looks like it’ll turn out to be a great project Jonathon! Though you are behind schedule due to shipping its good to see you have a plan going forward. I like the idea of having this project grow overtime with the type of wood you’re using. Im looking forward to seeing how the light will look diffused. Great work so far!

  • Great work on the post Jonathon! I like the idea for your project and it is clear you have put a lot of thought into it. I think it would be helpful to include a picture of your CAD model in this post to give the audience a better idea of what it will look like. I also was wondering if you had experience working with wood before or if you are branching out to new techniques. I can’t wait to see how this turns out!


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