Wood lantern MaFe version. #2: I have seen the light...

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Blog entry by mafe posted 12-21-2015 03:17 PM 1391 reads 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Wood lantern.
i have seen the light

Part two.

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 was where we left last part.
Mortises cut.

Now time for making some candle holders.
A metal tube are cut here, actually the inside of a pull-down curtain.

Ok we better get back to that tin can idea…
The tin can side are cut to size.

It’s held in a vice.


Bend around a piece of wood with the diameter of a candle and the size marked.

Do you get it?

Cut to size and the extra for bending.

Now bending the other way.

In this way they can interlock.

Just like this.

Then I gave it some beating to make it look nice and close the joint.

Bottom are cut up.

The ends are bend down with a hammer.

Like this we have a closed bottom.

The candle holder can be put in a hole.

The candle held.
Kind of like this idea

Back to the other type.
Any tube will do as long as the diameter fits a candle.

Again I mark the bottom.

Saw it.

Like this.

Again a series of cuts app. 5 mm wide.

This time I have to fit the holder a wee and this gives me the chance to use my new old Japanese spoke shave, my ohhh this is a wonderful tool.

Again hammer them down.

Bottom closed up.

A pair. ;-)

I knw I am jumping a wee bit here…
But this was what started the can idea.
A brilliant can opener that can open the cans with a sharp edge.

Ready for recycle.
Ok we will get back to this again… Smiles.

So back to the lantern, here finding the center of the base and top.

Like this.

Punch it.

Drilling the hole for the candle holder in the base.

As simple as this.

That’s it.

Ok finally we get to those tin cans, I mean to why they came to my mind in this project.
Again using the drill press here.

When using a hole saw, it is a good idea to drill a pair of holes in each side, like this the wood that are cut out can fall out as the saw works it way through the wood and you can avoid burn.

One hole goes all the way through.
The other just a wee down.

The biggest ring are cut to fit the can lid.

We have a fit.

While there I mark up for the handle holes.

Just like this.


This was what was on the table before, just another project, restoring a old wood RC boat.

Ok back to the lantern.
Now time to mark the lid hole.

Just like this, this will help the wood from splitting when using the router.

Then I can use a router to get the job done.

Yeps that works.

Drilling for some little nails to hold the lid.

So it can be mounted like this.

Kind of like it.
Simple and recycle.

To mount the handle The wire hard ware are put through the holes.

Opened on the back.

Twisted around.

Holes drilled.

The wire put in the holes.

Hammered flat.

So handle are in place now.

And the router back in place.
Don’t remember why I took that photo.

The lantern on the left are pre assembled and I will show how it was done.
Here first profile are set on the right one.

Now all of them, note the profiles by the door are with no rabbet for glass.

Top put on.

Marking the top of the tenons.

Drilling just a wee over the line.
I use a Japanese tapered drill here.

And plane some tapered pins.
Flat on the one side.

So they can be hammed in place like this.

Like this the lid and bottom are held in place and can be opened again if a glass breaks.

Sarting to look like the drawing, I am happy by now.
On the side a pair of meditation stools I am making as gifts for two close friends.

The lid needs to be open for air and heat, so a pattern are marked.

Holes drilled.

Put in the lanterns.
Even it is open now, I can feel they do a good job.

I think it looks quite elegant.

So we will stop here for now.
I have seen the light…

Hope it can be an inspiration, perhaps even a light…


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

9 comments so far

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#1 posted 12-21-2015 03:38 PM

That is so cool bud, how creative the original designers were…. Great post hope all is well and merry christmas.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 12-21-2015 03:45 PM

Great job, simplistic yet elegant. I probably get more excited than i should whenever i see you have a new blog post. Always enjoy your blogs

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#3 posted 12-21-2015 04:46 PM

Nice work Mads! I like the pins to make glass replacement easy. The can wasn’t used like I had guessed, but it looks great.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 12-21-2015 05:04 PM

Having never seen one of these lanterns (other than photos) I was curious about the way they handled the heat above the flame. Thanks for the explanation.

Love this project!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 12-21-2015 07:40 PM

Nice job Mads.


-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#6 posted 12-21-2015 08:42 PM

Always love your design process & the follow on make, what fabulous project to end the year on Mads, wonderful make
merry Xmas friend

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 12-21-2015 11:35 PM

Those are really neat lanterns, Mads. Great tutorial. I like the way you make use of the common items. A man after my own heart!!!!!!

Cheers, my friend!!....................Jim

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

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#8 posted 12-22-2015 01:26 AM


-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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#9 posted 12-22-2015 10:51 AM

Nice work and fine presentation as always.

Merry Christmas! Ken

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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