We’re building a modern black walnut and maple lamp that can be easily modified and sold as either a pendant or table lamp.
Walnut Lamp Build Stats
Figured Black Walnut 2/4 stock Hard Maple S4S 5" x 1" stock TItebond III Glue Lamp Components
Walnut - $11.70 (.9bf @ $13/bf) Maple - $1.20 (.2bf @ $6/bf) Lamp Components - $8.00 Misc (glue, sandpaper, finish) - $3.00 Total Material Cost - $23.90
Sales Fee (Etsy) - $0.20 + $4.20 (3.5% of estimated sales price)
Potential Sales Price
$100 - $125 (Etsy)
$72 - $97 Per Sale
Single Build (5 Hours) - $14 to $19 time value per hour Batch Process (3 Hours) - $25 to $35 time value per hour
Tools To Be Used During Build
Grizzly G0771 Table Saw Grizzly G1182 6 Inch Jointer Skil Compound Miter Saw Dewalt DW735x Planer 1/2" Narex Chisel Oshlun 8 inch Dado Stack Makita 5 Inch Random Orbit Sander Bosch 2 1/4hp Plunge Router w/ Whiteside 1/4" downcut spiral bit (optional)
Build Design and Planning
I based my design on a similar style hanging pendant light I had come across online with modifications to the shape and design of the maple accents and overall size of the lamp. The piece as I designed and built it is styled to be a desk or accent lamp. If used as a hanging pendant light I would significantly narrow the walnut to reduce the bulkiness.
Sketchup was used to layout the general design and come up with a cut list. Luckily I had some very nicely figured half inch walnut boards in my shop that had developed some pretty significant warping so these would be perfect to cut down and use. The maple I used was 1″ x 5″ S4S that was leftover from building kitchen cabinet doors last year. I just needed to resaw and rip it on the tablesaw to bring it to the correct dimensions.
All the joints are cut in the maple accents and are simple dado cuts. At the end of the project I used a router with an edge guide and 1/4 inch downcut spiral bit to notch the interior of the walnut to add a piece of maple to hold the light hardware. This is entirely optional though and the same result could be down with some small cleats glued to the walnut. I did not initially plan out the placement as I wanted to adjust the height to fit the lighting hardware.
The lighting components were ordered from amazon and are sold as a pendant kit but are can also be used in this application as a lamp.