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Picture of Japanese Style Desk Lamp

I had some walnut scraps laying around that I wanted to use for something instead of throwing away, but couldn't think of a use for them. I remembered seeing a similar lamp to what I have made when I visited Little Tokyo in LA and liked the symmetrical, minimalist look of it. This seemed like a perfect weekend project to use my remaining scraps, as it is mostly open space filled in with a paper wall. This also makes a nice gift, I ended up giving it to my Mom for Mother's Day and she loved getting something that I made instead of bought. While this lamp is relatively simple and not all too hard to make, it still looks nice on a side table or in the corner of a room. This is a nice weekend project, where the most complicated part of it is keeping the clamping and glue-up square.

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Step 1: Materials and Tools



  • Miter Saw
  • Band Saw
  • Sander w/ assorted grits
  • Wood Glue
  • Utility Knife
  • Danish Oil
  • Combination Square w/ 12" ruler
  • Pencil or Pen
  • Wood Filler
  • Screwdriver
  • Danish Oil
Very Nice!
rjkorn3 months ago
Love these. I made mine as a pendant....
Zachary Goode (author)  rjkorn3 months ago
That is incredibly beautiful. I would love to see a picture of it in the daytime, so i can see the frame a little bit better.
Also question, how did you get that pattern in the paper? Did you print it on there, paint it, or use some other method?
Its very nice lamp and stylish
Love the lamp, very stylish!

I am also loving that table you photographed it on!
Zachary Goode (author)  Penolopy Bulnick4 months ago
Here's a full picture of the table
That table is a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing a picture of it :)
Zachary Goode (author)  Penolopy Bulnick4 months ago
Thank you. That table was made by my grandpa as a present for my mother. He calls it a "junk" table, since it was made using his boxes and boxes of scrap wood cuttings.
jim_henry4 months ago
Very nice! I will be making this lamp for sure.
Zachary Goode (author)  jim_henry4 months ago
Please post pictures and click I Made It if you end up making one. I would love to see it when it is done.