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Blog series by AaronK updated 05-21-2009 02:23 AM 3 parts 8179 reads 9 comments total

Part 1: Sketchup Design

04-10-2009 04:51 PM by AaronK | 5 comments »

This is for my wife as a first anniversary gift… the shade is rice paper. The wood will be walnut. Finally got the hang of sketchup. turns out the key is to make everything into components otherwise it really really sucks! anyway, i made this design, inspired by some other folks’ lamp designs i found. The joinery is essentially all lap joints of some sort or another. Frame members are all 3/8” or 1/4” other than the obviously thicker pieces, so relatively thin st...

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Part 2: lumber!

05-01-2009 05:02 PM by AaronK | 2 comments »

I was kindly given this bit of lumber by Larry at “the wood store” just south of Morgantown. it came from a single ~6” wide board that was a bit warped. he planed it down a bit and cut it at the knots to make it easier to handle. I think i’ll use that piece on the right for the base, since it has some nice symmetric grain. The rest of it should be plenty for the lamp, since i calculated using about a board-ft for the rest of it. sweet.

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Part 3: Dimensioning lumber adventure

05-21-2009 02:23 AM by AaronK | 2 comments »

With 50+ pieces in this design, it’s now an adventure in dimensioning lumber. Which is made lots easier by my new planer, which works really well. The walnut, as i said before, was free, and quite warped/cupped/bowed. pretty much everything. So I needed a sled to help the planing/jointing/4-square process: built on particleboard, which isnt the best, but it did well enough considering that after using my table saw to do its most accurate, precise work demanded of it yet with ...

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