Lamps for the living room #2: Coming together

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Blog entry by MarkTheFiddler posted 04-08-2013 01:42 AM 1580 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It has been a bit of a bother to find time for woodworking. I found some today and managed to put in a few hours. Today was about fitting the sides of the lamps to the side edges. Although I got all the I made progress on both lamps but I only got one assembled up to this point.

I am going very slow on this so I can enjoy what I’m making. For starters, I added one coat of tung oil before starting the glue up. The glue joints don’t have any tung oil on them so thery are good and strong. Instead of trying to finish clamping the second lamp, I left it in four sections. I just spent my time on one and made sure I removed all traces of glue. That in itself was kind of pleasing. I think I’m starting to go off the deep end when I enjoy sanding and clean up.

How deep does it go? Will I start to enjoy cleaning up saw blades? Even during glue up, I was trying to brush the glue into a perfectly even coat. Instead of bringing a stack of parts to the little worktable, I brought one piece at a time so I could just look at each piece carefully. Anyhow – I had fun. Here is the lamp with the most progress.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#1 posted 04-08-2013 10:28 AM

Those are pleasing proportions. I’m sure they’ll be a nice set when you’re done.

-- Robb

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 04-08-2013 11:36 AM

Good start, Mark. You can never have enough clamps. Can’t wait to see the finished product. Will you be making the lamp shade?

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 04-08-2013 03:16 PM


When you reach the point where you’re making projects just so you can enjoy the experience of applying your favorite finishing technique we will all tune in to your “I like Finishing” videos.

You may single handedly convert the stigma of ‘dread’ to ‘pleasure’.
Charles Neil has been trying his best to accomplish this for years.
Good luck with that. :-)

...btw, those lamps are looking Great.

Best Regards. – Len

Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#4 posted 04-08-2013 04:58 PM

Thanks Rob. I like what my brain is seeing.

Howdy Jim. I’m not going to make the shades for 2 reasons. 1: I haven’t seen a lighting effect that really pleases me so it would have to be your standard lamp shade cloth. 2: I keep seeing the task of making frames for the cloth turning into a 2 month project. It just seems really hard to me. By the way. I could have used 8, 1 foot, padded F clamps. Never enough clamps. ;)

Thanks Len. I am nowhere near being a finish guru. I think the video will take another 20 years of experience. Thanks for the compliments my friend.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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