Flame Lamp

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Project by Keith Jones posted 01-20-2009 03:45 PM 2249 views 7 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s another reclaimed lumber project. I have a batch of Douglas Fir that has so much sap content that it weighs more than you could believe a chunk of wood could. The wood was originally T&G roofers from a factory built in 1930. I was trimming a piece for another purpose and ended up with a very thin slice (1/32”+/-) that had some beautiful tones. When I held it in front of a window I realized that the lighter portions were actually translucent! So I created a lamp…
The Doug Fir is a real pain to work with for the very reason that I want to work with it. The sap gums up everything it touches – saw blades, sand paper, etc… I have more of these lamps with more refined designs in process and some day they’ll get finished and I’ll post more photos.

-- Keith

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#1 posted 01-20-2009 03:57 PM

Great idea and I have longed to do something like this. Since I work in stone and lots of onyx, I see incredible pieces and try to utilize them in my work. You did a great job here on this, and I’m sure it was a very difficult piece to do, with all the gumming problems. It’s too bad you can’t sand with water, but I think you’d have too much problem with warp and twist, but just maybe…......... hmmmm it makes me think.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#2 posted 01-20-2009 04:30 PM

Really cool!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#3 posted 01-20-2009 05:23 PM

Very nice project….I had made something similar with some very thin knotty pine years ago…it was also beautiful the way the light came through it. Thanks for the flashback and have a great day : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 01-20-2009 05:49 PM

Thanks guys! These lamps are by far the rewarding thing I work on.

-- Keith

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#5 posted 01-21-2009 02:56 AM

i like it…looks great

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#6 posted 12-27-2009 12:49 AM

very nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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