Make Curly Maple Pop - In a lamp.

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Project by drewpy posted 10-24-2014 04:12 PM 1726 views 4 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been needing a lamp for a while and happened to run across this nice piece of curly maple. I thought the size would work well for a base and dove in. I also had a piece of QS/stripped Sapele that I though would look cool for the base.

I used a technique to dye the curly maple to help it “pop” that I found online from The Wood Whisperer. I have found many helpful tips from him and enjoy the straightforward simpleness often found.

The one problem I had was how to drill the hole for the cord. I didn’t have a drill press and had to improvise. I posted that earlier and here is a link. It turned out better than I could have ever dreamed.

The diagonal strip is Sapele and I used to it help break up the curly body of the lamp. The last picture shows the scrap wood jig I put together to make this happen. I was nervous about making the cut but I think it turned out well.

There is a black line, stain or something on the one side I left facing front. I was going to put it in back but decided it would add a little extra character left on the front side. I like it about 50% of the time. haha

This was my first lamp and here are some things I learned.
1) Make sure you really check the socket you buy. The DIY store don’t mark them very well and got a double circuit one on my first trip without knowing it until I opened the package.
2) Plan and find your lampshade before you even start!!! Who knew it could be so hard to find a simple lampshade. I ended up using one from an existing lamp until I can find one I like better.
3) Purchase a 12 foot cord instead of the regular 8 foot one. It helps in the loss of length from wiring and running through the base.

I finished it with General Finished wipe on poly. I have never used it and really like the “close to wood” finish.

I think that’s it. I hope you enjoy it. I am really happy with the curly maple look.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#1 posted 10-24-2014 04:24 PM

Drew – It turned out really nice. I was interested in seeing it after viewing your project on how you drilled the long hole. The tip shared from The Wood Wisperer is very imformative. Thanks!!

-- “Happiness? A good cigar, a good meal, and a good woman - or a bad woman; it depends on how much happiness you can handle.” ― George Burns

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#2 posted 10-24-2014 06:41 PM

I like how the dye brought out the curl!!

-- Larry - Illinois

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#3 posted 10-25-2014 03:56 PM

Drewpy – Did you only glue the base or did you use any screws? Also, How did you make the neck? It looks octagonal.

-- “Happiness? A good cigar, a good meal, and a good woman - or a bad woman; it depends on how much happiness you can handle.” ― George Burns

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