There’s something wonderful about building something with your own two hands. Sure, you could probably buy something nicer at the store, but it won’t give you the same sense of satisfaction. If you’re not exactly a DIY master, you might consider starting small, with a kit that gives you everything you need. This DIY Woodcraft + Desktop Lamp would be perfect.
This interesting lamp stands about 2 feet tall, and not only moves up and down, but also rolls around on wheels. However, the most interesting feature is the fact that you have to assemble it yourself. The kit ships as two boards (with the pieces stamped into them) and the necessary tools and components to put it together. At $37, it might be more expensive than your average desk lamp, but at least it will be fun to assemble.