I really enjoyed my first Japanese style lamp so I thought I would try another:
It is a box style lamp called the Persimmon. I didnt really like the approach to joinery (all butt joints) for this lamp so I made a few alterations to include rabbeted edges. I also used a handle from another project because I liked the style more.
Here is the general idea:
Here are the general steps for this session:
1. Made the base from mahogany using miter joints
2. Made handle from mahogany using dowels joinery
3. Made sides from maple plywood using router circle jig and scroll saw
4. Made top and bottom from maple plywood, again using router circle jig
5. Finished using shellac on handles and oil on lamp
Step 1 – Getting started with the base
Here is the end product of creating the handle and base
First I laid out my supplies, book and cut list. 6mm rice paper is $15 a roll on amazon. One roll will handle entire book.
In the book, the base is a solid block. Since I only had thin scraps laying around, I decided to go for a mitered square instead.
Cut to length on bench hook
Then used quarter round blade to round over edges
Then cut miters using same bench hook
I used a band clamp to glue up base (not show)
Then I used the tables saw and miter gauge to nibble out notches for the handles
Finally I used the drum sander to flatten the base so there would be no wobble
Step 2 – Making the handle
With the base finished, I then made the handles.
Started by resawing the handle stock to 1/4” thick
Cleaned up using smoothing plane
Cut handle stock on RAS
Glued on handle image from book. I scanned image from book then used adobe photoshop to resize image to exact size.
Rough cut handle on bandsaw
Used Oscillating Drum sander to clean up to lines
I then chucked up a 1/8” round over bit and used it to ease the edges on all handle. I left the last 2” of the handle sides alone so they would fit cleanly into the notches in the base.
I put the handle in place and then used a 1/4” brad point bit to drill the dowel holes.
I glued up the handles and finished the assembly with shellac
Step 3. I then turned to making the sides of the lamp. The original design uses butt joinery. I did not like that approach, so I altered the design. I rabbeted two sides to fit together and in stead of gluing side to base, I rabbeted a bottom into the lamp and screwed the lamp body to the base.
Cut four plywood sides on tables saw. Note that due to joinery, it is not four squares. I created 1/8” rabbets along one side, so 2 pieces will be 1/4” narrower than the others. In addition, they are not the same height – the design of the lamp is such that the right and left side are taller than the front and back.
I then put a straight bit into router table, set height to 1/8” and exposed 1/4” of the cutter. I cut a rabbet along the bottom of all four pieces and side rabbets on left and right pieces.
I then laid out circles. Due to the mismatches sizes, you do not put circles in center but instead you measure the height from the bottom (3 5/8”) and make circles and patterns at same offset from base.
Using a circle cutting jig, I cut out circles in left and right side. Note I did not cut all the way thru to avoid damaging pieces when it came free. I used a fret saw to cut last 1/2”
Place patterns on sides using offset measurement using Elmers spray adhesive. Scanned image from book then used adobe photoshop to resize image to exact size.
Drill starter holes
Cut on scroll saw
Use 100 grit sand paper to clean up cuts. I used a scraper to remove the adhesive, sanded with 180 grit paper. Then I oiled the front faces and let dry
Use white glue to attach rice paper squares. Once dry, mist paper with water and let dry again … will be tight as a drum.
Clamp the assembly, checking for square.
Step 4 – Top and Bottom of lamp body
I get my measurements from the glued up lamp body and cut on TS. Note, I cut the base a 1/2” narrow to accommodate the handles.
I use the router circle jig to cut the semi circles in the top
Then run the bit along the fence to finish the cut.
I cut 1/4” ledges for the top to sit on. I use scrap plywood to position the lid supports and then crazy glue them to the sides.
I glue a scrap of mahogany to center of base to hold the lamp (use prewired candelabra kit from home depot) and drill out 1” hole using Forstner bit.
Base is meant to sit in rabbet at bottom of body but don’t glue yet.
Run handle thru body and glue base into rabbet. I then used 2 brass screws to attach lamp body to handle base.
Step 5 – Finish
I then waxed and buffed the entire assembly
Plugged it in and enjoy the magic
-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn