By copying designs created by others, I'm standing on the shoulders of giants. In this case, miniature giants. I've seen many variations of these articulated desk lamps online, and I decided to make some for my nephews for Christmas. I worked out a model in SketchUp to get the proportions right and then started on the build using some anigre I had on hand. I made one pair to the initial design, and then a second pair with a slight modification to articulate the shoulders.
The lamps were a bit top-heavy when not in a sitting position, so I made removable bases to support the gents when they're standing. Here are a few construction photos and some posed shots (which is the fun part).
With a few strips of anigre machined to a square cross-section, I cut out the individual pieces - square ends on the crosscut sled and 45 degree ends on the miter saw.
I used the tiny Dominos on the fixed joints of the assembly.
I cut the tapered head pieces on a purpose-built table saw jig and just glued the pieces together without fasteners. Test assembly on the usual messy assembly table.
The light fixture is mounted in a 1/4" plywood plate that is wedge-fit and glued into the head. (For anyone who is curious - like Ron Stewart was on the initial posting - the foam in the cup is not brain matter. It's PU glue that's foamed-up. I use a paper cup multiple times to scrape the glue off a squeegee.)
I couldn't resist a full assembly and some poses before applying some finish.
"I am curiously and wonderfully made."
"I've got gas."
The last step was a couple coats of oil-based poly. I rigged-up a 2x4 full of nails as a makeshift drying rack.
And of course, I had to get a few more posed shots once they were complete.
"I feel a certain kinship with you creatures."
Hanging out with his three-legged brethren.
"Who am I? Where did I come from?"
"I dig my new hoverboard."
"We could be twins!"
For the second pair, I made one change, and that was to articulate the shoulders for better posing possibilities.
"The running man."
"Rock-em, Sock-em Robots"
"Alas poor Yorick. I knew him, Horatio"
"I'll bet I can make this plant grow simply by staring at it."
"Decorating is hard work."
"For me? Oh, you shouldn't have."
"Confidentially, you look ridiculous in those antlers."
This was a really fun project - both building and the posing (obviously). Definitely a recommended build.