Texas wood lamp!

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Project by chucklandry posted 02-07-2009 02:43 PM 1275 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Visited a friend a few weeks back and picked up some scraps from behind his storage building. The base is cedar, the upper and lower of the shaft is purple heart cedar and the “ball” or midsection is mesquete. This is the first lamp my wife got to keep!!

-- Chuck, Breaux Bridge, LA

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#1 posted 02-07-2009 02:50 PM

Great looking lamp. I like all the different woods and yet they blend together so well.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#2 posted 02-07-2009 06:18 PM

Very nice job…I like finding wood and using it as well, you don’t feel so tence that your working with a hundred dollar chunk of wood,
Keep up the good work
Happy turning

-- Cosmicturner

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#3 posted 02-07-2009 08:41 PM

Really cool lamp. I cannot wait to get done with all of my furniture projects that are pushing me so that I can get to doing some turning. I need to make some lamps.

Great work, keep it up.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#4 posted 02-07-2009 08:55 PM

Cool lamp. I’ve never turned mesquite, not much of it laying around the ohio river valley or the wood shops in the area. How is it to turn? I somehow think it would be hard on the tools, my tiny knowledge about this wood is that it is very hard and is high in silica. (?)

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#5 posted 02-08-2009 01:38 PM


I had never turned it either but it is VERY hard wood and it makes for a very heavy piece when complete. While working with it on the lathe you must continuously sharpen your tools but I think the extra effort is worth the reward. As for the silica I am not too sure but that is why I wear a respirator while turning any wood. Thank you for the kind words regarding the lamp.


-- Chuck, Breaux Bridge, LA

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#6 posted 02-08-2009 05:00 PM

Some woods dull your tools so quick I leave my grinder running while I turn and go back and forth. None of that hard desert wood laying around Michigan either. Been a brutal winter can’t wait for spring and wood hunt begins.
Jeffrey P

-- Cosmicturner

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