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Blog entry by William posted 10-05-2012 10:26 PM 1220 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is how I left the shade yesterday so the glue could dry.
First thing to do today, of course, was to remove the tape.

Then I cut and installed two small pieces in opposing corners as you can see here. This is added support for the cross piece that will allow the shade to suspend over the lamp.

And here is that cross piece. It is simply a quarter inch thick strip of sycamore that I laid over the top of the shade, marked the ends to match the corners, and cut to fit. The hole, where it mounts to the shade hoop, had to be countersunk in order for the finger nut to have room to screw down.

I couldn’t figure out a good way to clamp the cross piece under those small pieces I showed earlier. So I untilized the weight of the shade. I just put glue on the ends of the cross piece and set the shade in place. The weight was enough to hold it down so the glue would dry.

Next, I took the shade back off again and done some sanding to it.



At the moment, everything is sanded to 120 grit. However, since this is a special project for my special lady, I plan on sanding it down with finer grits. I have found that the finer sanding you do, the easier it is to get a nice finish.
After that, I still have to pin myself down to what finish I want to use. I am pretty sure it will be shellac. We will see.

I know this post doesn’t seem like a lot, but it has been a long day for me today. I am proud I got this much done as bad as I’ve been feeling. I hope you all have enjoyed seeing this project. This is the last blog post though. I’ll post it in the projects section after I have put finish on it. My wife has plans for the weekend though, so it’ll be next week before I can get to that.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/



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StumpyNubs

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#1 posted 10-05-2012 10:29 PM

The finest lamp I have ever seen, hands down.

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#2 posted 10-05-2012 10:30 PM

Thanks Stumpy.
I’m sure you’re lying through your teeth.
But thank you anyway.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#3 posted 10-05-2012 10:36 PM

This is uniquely you, William. You put your stamp on it, of course we understand your wife actually made you do it… :)

The sycamore does really match the lacewood nice.

The shellac will look nice, but it is a little tricky in the corners…...if you go that way, will be interested in the results…..Or do you spray?

Can’t wait to see how it looks in the dark with the light…

Hope you can recover quickly from this one – you have really been jammin’

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#4 posted 10-05-2012 10:43 PM

this is coming along real nice william

will be interesting to see it with light

you maximizes your wood well

congratulations !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 10-05-2012 10:50 PM

Lying? No. I just like to be as positive as possible. Is it truly the best ever? Who cares! I like it enough to say so! If I sometime see another great lamp, I my call it the best ever too. Then we’ll have a lamp-off to see who’s the king lamp-maker of the universe! I think you’ll lamp-oon the competition!

The absolute, unvarnished, no joking, all wisecracks aside, panties to the wind truth is this… I am very impressed. It shows a great deal of skill and I love the wood combinations. I can’t wait to see that grain pop out when you put some finish on it!

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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#6 posted 10-05-2012 11:02 PM

Holy wow William.
Too cool.
Looking forward to seeing it finished.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#7 posted 10-05-2012 11:02 PM

Thanks guys.
I will be sure to get photos of it in the dark, lit up, just for ya’ll.

Jeff, I usually have no problems with shellac in corners. I do thin it out pretty thin though. It seems to flow better if it’s real thin. The Zinnser shellac I use is way to thick when bought, so I add alcohol to thin it. As I talked to you about before though, I may go the expensive route on this one. The expensive route is Everclear, the drinking kind. A guy I know who builds guitars suggested it to me. Everclear evaporates faster, or slower, or something. Anyway, it makes for a better finish. I would use it in all my shellac if it wasn’t so expensive.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#8 posted 10-05-2012 11:03 PM

Thank you bags.
You posted while I was typing.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#9 posted 10-05-2012 11:04 PM

And thanks again Stumpy.
I didn’t mean to call you a dirty lier.
I was trying to be funny.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#10 posted 10-05-2012 11:23 PM

William – with the Everclear Shellac, do you use the “one for you” “two for me” technique? If so, lucky it dries fast because that may be important!

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#11 posted 10-05-2012 11:37 PM

The finest lamp I have ever seen (today), hands down.

William,
This lamp is a “shining” example of your skill & craftsmanship!!! (Pun & compliment intended!!!)

If you have any “Everclear Shellac” left over, I’ll be happy to dispose of it for you. Heck, even without the shellac, I’ll take the Everclear. I haven’t consumed any in years, that I remember anyway!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#12 posted 10-06-2012 12:05 AM

Let’s see what you can do with a wooden light bulb…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#13 posted 10-06-2012 12:29 AM

This is pretty impressive. I like the base and the shade and the proportion is really interesting. I am a fan of using sycamore, although it can be a real pain as it can move on you in crazy ways. The grain is very nice though.

-- My mother named me Hamilton, I have been trying to earn my nickname ever since.

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#14 posted 10-06-2012 01:42 AM

William, That turned out just super! Jeff gifted me with some wood but you set the bar too high for me so I may just admire mine. As to the shellac/dna/grain alcohol – I honestly don’t think the Everclear is an improvement over the DNA from HD. I mix mine 50:50 (Zinsser/DNA) , sand between brushed on coats and may add a little more DNA for the last coat. Can’t wait to see it finished!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 10-06-2012 03:04 AM

William, that is “something else” (you gotta be old enough to know that saying).
Great concept and execution. Love the wood combinations.
Gives me ideas of making an outdoor version with a larger base to act as an illuminated patio table.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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