Building Falling Waters Lamps #4: Vive la différence

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Blog entry by HerbC posted 05-04-2011 05:55 AM 5823 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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If you’ve been following this series, I’m sure your scratching your head and saying to yourself “That sure don’t look like walnut to me!”

So when I said “I’ll do it my way!” one of the things I meant was that I wouldn’t use walnut for the pieces that make up the shade on this lamp.

Not that I don’t like walnut. I really like walnut. I might even go so far as to say I love walnut. But, (here’s the catch…) I don’t have any walnut. And there’s nowhere I can buy it locally. So instead of walnut, I’ll use:

Spalted Sycamore!

That’s right, I said Spalted Sycamore!

I managed to resaw the heavier boards into a total of eight boards that are currently 3/8” thick.

Now they’re stacked and stickered and weighted down. I’ll let them reacclimitize for a day or so and then run them through the planer to get down to 1/4” thickness.

So, until next time…

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#1 posted 05-04-2011 07:39 AM

I am excited to read this series. I also love FLW and onw of these lamps is on my things to do list. I am hoping watching you complete yours will inspire me to start one. Thanks for sharring the process.

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#2 posted 05-04-2011 07:59 AM


I hope that I’ll be able to do justice to the design… My “shop” currently consists primarily of a table saw outside in my back yard and a bunch of hand power tools. I bought several hand planes last year and have begun to work on gaining experience in using them. I’ve also currently got a portable power planer on loan from a friend…

BTW, you have some really neat items in your projects.

Keep up the good work and…

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#3 posted 05-04-2011 02:37 PM

Herb -

Glad to see you’re building the FLLW lamps – can’t wait to see how the spalted sycamore looks!



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#4 posted 05-04-2011 03:22 PM

Glad you got a table saw. Pity you don’t have a sheltered indoor area to place it in.

Surprising what can be done with hand tools when you don’t have the elaborate tool systems
that some have and can afforrd.

Good luck and much success.

Michelangelo said, ” Perfection is no trifle but trifles make perfection”

-- Anforte NJ

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