Came across this interesting article by Jaime Derringer at design milk on making lamps with blue painter’s tape and wood dowels. It looks fun and easy to do, especially during a boring rainy day. If your first one doesn’t work, just rip off the tape and try again!
I might give this a try because I personally own tons of blue painter’s tape for my boat painting projects. I also have lots of the same type tape in both yellow and green colors. You only need a saw and the saw you see in the article is a Japanese style pull saw which cuts only on the pull direction. It cuts better and nicer than traditional western style saws. More precise. I have one. Highly recommended for woodworking, even for little projects.