|Project by drewpy||posted 10-24-2014 04:12 PM||1755 views||4 times favorited||3 comments|
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".