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Project by 12ftguru posted 12-30-2008 08:09 PM 2223 views 15 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Now that I am done being “Santa’s Workshop” for the year, I thought I would post a little of this years output. These Christmas lights are from an American Association of Woodturners project book. I made them with Dymondwood from hutt products , a little bit of Yellowheart for the base and a small length of oak dowel for gripping in the chuck and forming a small tip for the “screw in” part of the base.

Out of all of the bowls and pepper mills and various oddities I produced this year, these where by far the most popular (I made about 30 of them in 3 different colors). They were also the easiest to make. Once they where glued up it took me about 30 minutes to finish one. The Dymond wood polishes up to a glass like finish so I didn’t bother to put a clear finish on top.

I already have new people asking for them next year. :-)





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#1 posted 12-30-2008 08:10 PM

Are they LED, series or parallel bulb LOL!

They look great, about how big are they?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 12-30-2008 08:24 PM

heh… if one goes out all the ones behind it go out. ;-)

Overall length is about 2.5 inches. 1.75 of the dymondwood and .75 for the yellowheart. I used an old outdoor Christmas light as a guide.

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#3 posted 12-30-2008 09:08 PM

Not that you would want to plug it in but I am curious…could you thread them into real sockets? I think that would look pretty cool having all these wood bulbs on a real string.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#4 posted 12-30-2008 10:10 PM

Sadly no, the “screw threads” are parallel. I suppose you could make a set with a traditional screw base.

For stringing them I just cut the hook off of a fish hook, drilled a hole in the end of the yellowheart and glued the top part of the fish hook into the hole. See below:

Bulbs with hooks

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#5 posted 12-30-2008 11:55 PM

Great job! I had similar plans this year but got sidetracked with oher projects. I’ll use this as inpiration for next year. Thanks for sharing.

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#6 posted 12-31-2008 12:47 AM

Cool idea, nice one.

Woody.

-- Woody, UK

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#7 posted 12-31-2008 02:52 AM

What a great idea, I was thinking about the wattage on them babies….lol
Nice job on them.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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hairy

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#8 posted 12-31-2008 03:28 AM

Good job! Thanks for showing how it’s done.

-- in the confusion, I mighta grabbed the gold ...

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#9 posted 12-31-2008 05:40 AM

What a great idea for Christmas. You’ll have to make some chili pepper lights for the summer. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#10 posted 12-31-2008 04:14 PM

These are so cool. I love it. Favorited!

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#11 posted 01-08-2009 02:47 PM

what made them so colorful?

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#12 posted 01-08-2009 04:15 PM

The color is from the Hutt Dymondwood (See the link in the original post at the top of the page).

I have no idea how they make this stuff and what they do to get the dye so even throughout the wood (I suspect a high pressure infusion system of some kind), but a little bit of polish compound after sanding the wood shines like glass. My wife and I would panic if we dropped one, before remembering that it was wood. :-)

I have also used this type of wood for some small finials on boxes and next I am going to turn a couple of tap handles for my beer dispenser. It’s neat wood to work with, but I very much recommend a dust mask as it produces copious amounts of very fine dust. Sneezing blue for two days is never a good thing.

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#13 posted 10-20-2010 09:44 PM

That looks like a great Christmas project.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#14 posted 10-20-2010 10:24 PM

very inventive and so darn cute!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#15 posted 10-21-2010 02:29 AM

I am glad everyone likes them. It’s a wonderful and quick turning project for Christmas and I always seem to be making another set for new friends.

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