Juniper Table Lamp w/ "double base" #2: Sandblasting and sanding the Juniper Lamp

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Blog entry by Tim & Candy Hicks posted 04-09-2008 01:15 AM 3065 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Here is my newest project! Part 2 of Juniper Table Lamp w/ "double base" series Part 3: Drilling holes for the cord »

Tim, my husband worked on the base, it took 2 hours to get it leveled, shaped and sanded. The first two pictures are of the base after it has been run through the planer. This base is made out of burled cottonwood.

Corners have been rounded and everything shaped before sanding.

After two hours this base is done and looks great, the colors are really going to come out when we spray the finish on it.

This is where I started sandblasting, the red dark wood has started to turn gray on the outsude layer because the wood is aging. If you have a green piece of wood, you can usually see a lot of dark red and white colored wood. I dont like to sand off the red, if you use to gritty of paper it will take all the color out and make it look faded. So I blast the red, then use the sander with 800 grit and polish it up. As I sandblast you can see the colors starting to come out. We do not blast the gray weathered wood, we usually sand or grind it off to get down to the wood grain.

Pure beauty starting to come out, these pictures show the color better and how clean it is all looking. I have sanded off the gray wood with 180 grit and now it is time to start the fine sanding process. I am excited to get this one done and see how it looks after it is sprayed.

I almost forgot and got ahead of myself, we will have to drill the holes for the cord before I sand anymore. I dont want to get it all sanded then scratch it while we are moving it around and drilling holes.

Well that is it for today I will get more pictures on here tomorrow, I should have the lamp finished and ready to mount on the base.


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dennis mitchell

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#1 posted 04-09-2008 01:23 AM

Great blog. I like the base. It should turn out beautiful.

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#2 posted 04-09-2008 01:31 AM

That lamp is almost as pretty as your shop helper…

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#3 posted 04-09-2008 01:58 AM

Candy, thanks for the blog. This is an interesting process.

Thanks for taking the time to share this.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 04-09-2008 01:52 PM

Good blog. I’ve wondered how these are done. Thanks

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 04-09-2008 02:17 PM

Thank you for showing the progress of this piece. It is nice to see workings of others and how they complete work,


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#6 posted 04-09-2008 02:52 PM

hi there like the lamp

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#7 posted 04-10-2008 12:55 AM

Totally gnarly rad.

-- Use the fence Luke

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