My go on a traditional old Danish lantern
At my visits to the Danish Frilandsmuseum, I fell in love with the old traditional lanterns.
The simple way they were created and the few materials.
Also they can be made all by hand or with power tools – from recycle materials or all new.
Kind of right up my Alley.
This lantern from the museum is kind of my favorite, simple and kind of timeless design, in my eyes a Denmark meets Japan.
Another favorite and same style.
Both use simple wire as hardware.
All of them are pinned together with wood pegs.
Less elegant version and where the putty is visual on the outside.
I brought ice cream to my friend Flemming and he had found his old lanterns to show me…
He had a few and it was quite inspirational.
Also to study the top, where the heat are supposed to get out and air flow freely.
So after the study of old versions, it was time to draw up my own version.
I were looking for the elegant look the first picture represent, kind of Japanese as I see it, perhaps Japan meets Denmark.
It also needed to work with modern standard candles, so it had to be higher, this helped to make the look slimmer.
I wanted it to be putty free, this since I could see no need for putty if the lantern are pinned together with visible pins and also it was an extra process and expense with no need as I see it.
Finally the no hardware idea was important, perhaps even a recycle touch if possible.
Since I wanted it as simple as possible and liked the look of this I also decided to make as few work processes as I could, so the glass would be held only on two sides and like this leaving the glass edge visible in top and bottom.
Here we are by the workbench, two scrap outdoor decking floor board pieces.
This story symbolically started in darkness even it was summer and end it now in light even it is winter.
Running through the planer / thicknesser to get the desired thickness.
Then making the profiles and the top and base boards.
Using a thin push block / stick.
All profiles and the bases are cut from same thickness of lumber as you can see here.
Not just to be lazy but to make the process and design simple.
Less is more.
The carry handles are made from wire, had a roll of heavy galvanized wire in the shop, so this would do.
Simple bending and twisting, that all you need.
I had soup that night and got an idea with the can.
So the top and bottom came off.
And the metal was made ready for recycle.
But we will get back to this later.
It was time to work on the profiles.
The needed shoulders to be able to pin the lanterns together.
Made them on the table saw but they could have been made easy by hand as the rest of this project.
Shoulders are cut for the tenons.
Tenons are cut free hand on the saw, they don’t need to be perfect.
Tenons all cut.
Now making a rabbet for the glass to be held.
Two types, one with one rabbet one with two.
As I said; less is more…
That’s it for the profiles.
Ok less is not always more, sometimes more is lovely.
Dinner in the work shop.
Espresso and sketch book.
Yes life is more than wood.
Marking the mortises for the tenons on the top.
Then precut with the wheel.
Finding the center.
And marking it.
Drill out the waste.
With a chisel the mortises are cleaned up.
First cut the sides.
Then dig in.
Auuuuchhh look at the mirror of that chisel.
To clean them up.
First assembly makes me trust in the dimensions.
I can see this is going in a good direction.
This is where I will cut the blog for now, see you in a while.
About the museum:
The museum are a big area, where there are collected houses from all over Denmark, the houses are moved there, brick by brick, to preserve our cultural treasures, and to make it possible for people to come there and experience the atmosphere in and around these houses. Even the landscape around the houses is shaped to represent the area as much as possible.
There are all kinds of houses, also an old blacksmith or an inn. All the houses has original interior from the given period, and the gardens around have seeds from the period to. So this gives you a unique chance, to walk in time and history, around Denmark, and some of the places we used to rule.
You can find info about the museum here: Frilandsmuseet.
Hope it can be an inspiration, perhaps even a light…
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.