3 Way Pump Lamp

Project Information

Just imported over from LJ 3-7-23

This Lamp is version 3 of mostly identical projects. The first one was made in my Junior High shop class, think 8th grade. It was made of heart cypress and only hand tools were used. I gave to my older sister about 1970, it is at my nephews home in Slidell, LA. It was finished with Johnson's floor wax.

Version 2 was built in High School wood shop, think 11th grade. It was built from walnut. That project utilized radial arm saw, drill press and hand tools. My first grand daughter has that as her bedside reading lamp. Also finished with Johnson's floor wax.

Version 3 was built in the wood shop in Sun City Oro Valley, AZ in 2019. Had all the power tools, jointer, planer, TS, drill press, etc. This lamp is constructed so it can be disassembled to refinish or put new fixture or wires in. Screws to attach cap and base to box. The "trough" is attached with double back tape. This lamp has a 3-way fixture. Finish is Deft spray lacquer.

If were to do it again would locate pump handle 1/2" higher to allow more chain clearance with cap, and reconfigure pump handle to look more like the ones on my grand fathers farm (curves downward at end).

daveg, SW Washington & AZ


vert cool dave love the shade.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Nice Lamp. 
When I had shop class we built redwood wheel barrels. I always wanted to make another. I don't know what ever happened to the one I did make.

BTW,  you had me at 3-way....🥸

Figuring out how to do something you have never done is what makes a good challenge.

Pretty cool lamp.   Great work.  You do not discuss the shade, did you make that also?
Cool lamp Dave, and the shade is wonderful. Well done.

Main Street to the Mountains

Definitely like the shade


I found the shade in an annual art & crafts show in Oro Valley, AZ.  Got to meet the actual artist and he was a cool guy.  He passed away shortly after that and his wife sold his CNC patterns to another metal artist.  I wanted that shade for the Southwestern style lamps I began making.  

The new artist had a hard time getting the color to match.  Was almost black and nothing like the color in this shade & double the cost.  I found other metal shades for $180 to $225.  Too rich for my blood.

daveg, SW Washington & AZ

Really nice! I like how the switch is activated…clever!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

I can not take credit for the light switch activation.  I thank Mr. Edmund Druett (Dru eh - New Orleans), he had a partially cut off finger, SawStop not invented yet.
He made us draft all of our projects before cutting any wood.  I still thank him today.  When I got to HS shop that teacher did not hold a candle to Mr. Druett. 

daveg, SW Washington & AZ

Nice that this design has stuck with you through the years and that they are all still in service.