Lava Lamp Superior Platform

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Project by BikerDad posted 03-16-2015 04:34 AM 1005 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a small side table I built for my youngest son about 12 years ago. He had recently gotten a Lava Lamp, and needed something to keep it off the floor (aka superior to the floor) and next to his bed. These pictures were taken a couple months ago, so you’re seeing 10+ years of use and multiple moves. This may very well be one of the quickest furniture projects I’ve ever done, as I seem to recall building it in less than a weekend. The only dimension that I built to was the height, everything else was dictated by the size of the board.

It is made from a single piece of poplar. The width of the piece dictated the size of the top, no glueups there. The legs are half-lapped. All the bevels were cut on the table saw, then cleaned up with a handplane. A quick stain (Minwax, some variety of mahogany IIRC), and then some clear finish. I don’t remember….

For some reason, this remains one of my most satisfying pieces. From conception to completion in two days, completely off the cuff, and perfectly suited for it’s intended use and user.

-- I'm happier than a tornado in a trailer park! Grace & Peace.

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#1 posted 03-16-2015 06:01 PM

looks to be holding up well, nice job and if you had bought that as some press wood screw together junk, it would have been at the curb a long time age. good job, you just need to sign it.

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#2 posted 03-30-2015 06:33 PM

I love the title and the table. I have a few lava lamps that need good places to sit and be used. This is great inspiration. Any pictures with the lamp on it? Keep up the great work. :)

-- "The Noblest Art is that of making others happy." ~ P.T. Barnum

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