Locomotive Table Lamp

This novelty table lamp was a simple woodworking project.

The loco was designed to sit at the base of the lamp and the smoke-stack was used as the on-off switch.









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A rough sketch of the locomotive is shown on the left.

The loco was designed to be as simple as possible with an 0-4-0 wheel configuration.









The chassis was made from a slim sheet of 5mm light coloured Oak with a 30mm wide beam centred on the underside. Buffer beams were added front and back and then the whole assembly was sanded square.









The cab was a block of wood cut to match the width of the chassis. The windows were cut on the milling machine and a gentle radius was cut across its width to form the roof. The roof was laminated with a darker wood to finish.









The four driving wheels were cut from a block of dark wood and then machined on an arbor like the rear tractor wheels.

Then a flat was sanded on all 4 wheels to allow them to fit under the chassis.









The boiler was turned from a laminated block to give it a horizontal line. The 4, then 3 jaw chucks were used to turn the block into a rough cylinder and to square up both the ends.

To finish, the cylinder was bored through to take a length of threaded rod. The rod was supported between centres and the boiler was turned to final size and sanded.









Once the boiler was complete, the profile was traced onto another block to form the smoke box. The smoke box was drilled right through with a 16m flat-bit, to take the smoke-stack switch.









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This photograph shows the components so far.









The smoke-stack and steam dome were both simple turning jobs on the lathe. The boiler was bored with the 16mm flat-bit to take the steam dome. The profile of the dome was just cut by hand using a file.

The smoke-stack was made extra long to protrude into the base of the lamp to activate the switch.

Turning the smokestack

Turning the steam dome









The connecting rods were made from thin strips of oak. The radii were sanded using a dowel as a rotation centre to make a neat curve.









This photo shows the wheel assembly complete.









The base was a floorboard sanded and cut to shape. 2 holes were added one for the lamp and one for the switch.

Cork feet were added underneath and slots were machined to root the cables.










The assembled engine was varnished with the exception of the smoke-stack. This was waxed to help it slide up and down so it could press the switch in the lamp base.

The completed engine was screwed to the baseboard.

The smoke-stack was held in place with a metal roll pin as shown below.

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The lamp and shape were taken from an old IKEA light fitting.