DoDecaHedron Light Fixtures #2: It's actually looking OK

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Blog entry by MarkTheFiddler posted 09-06-2012 03:14 AM 3133 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have a lot more sanding to do and I’m filling the inside. The outside of the structure has been rough sanded and filled. I’m not real happy that I used filler at all but that’s how it goes when you are a rookie.

What you might be able to see here is that I used poplar because it is very light weight for a lighting pendant. the outside is actually crosscut. If it comes out as well as I hope it will, I ought to get a nice look out of it. The insides are going to be completely filled. As you can see I have started that process. My hope is that, after I sand it smooth and stain it, I’ll have consistent stripes. That’s my hope at least.

I was thinking about how time I have spent on this pendant light cover. I could have done a demo on a bedroom, Painted, added new wood floor, addded all new trim, caulked and touched up the paint. In other words, I could have done an entire room in the time I have already spent on this dodecahedron. It’s certainly not worth the time I put into it and it’s not perfect by any means. Still, it’s my most ambitious wood project in terms of required skill level. I have hopes of the final piece product looking decent.

Since I have been refurbing my home, I do rooms for a while, then I do accessories for a while. I do the accessories when I run out of money for the materials to do and entire room. It keeps me busy and the small things are really adding to the character of the home.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#1 posted 09-06-2012 04:58 AM

It’s looking really good.

With the number of cuts and the angles involved, small gaps are almost unavoidable. I think you did really great.

Is it worth it? In my opinion, Just the satifaction of finishing a complex project is worth several painted room.

Good luck on the rest of the house.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 09-06-2012 08:50 PM

You know I’m not showing my worst corner joints in the photo. I will certainly take the encouragement and compliments. Thank you for that! I’ll take that luck for the rest of the house as well!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#3 posted 09-07-2012 02:12 AM

Looking much better now that I have finished filling. I wish I was done with the coarse sandpaper. A little more and I move to 150. What a party that will be! ;)

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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