Burl Lamp

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Project by jaykaypur posted 05-12-2015 01:18 AM 1205 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Went to the shop today to make a weather vane and ended up with a burl lamp. Don’t know how that happened but it did! I have had this burl for years and am not exactly sure what the wood is but it is bone dry. I am guessing oak or maple. I used sandpaper and brushes to get the “age” off of it and then finished it with Howards wax and poly. The lamp, I bought at a yard sale Saturday for .75. Bought it expressly for the guts to make a lamp and this turned out perfect…....except for the shade. Gotta do something about that shade! Thanks for the looks and comments.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#1 posted 05-12-2015 01:23 AM

Yep U R right that shade sux

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#2 posted 05-12-2015 03:36 AM

Really beautiful. Does need a different shade.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 05-12-2015 09:38 AM

Great use for the burl, great tip for getting lamp parts cheap!

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#4 posted 05-12-2015 12:26 PM

Cool. Pic #2 reminds me of a walrus. Definitely needs a different shade.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 05-12-2015 01:57 PM

Yup, change the shade. That’s an awesome hunk-a-hunk-a wood! It has an elephant leg sort of look.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 05-12-2015 02:55 PM

the wooden part of the lamp is really cool, and yea throw that shade away…im sure you know where to find good shades, one other thing i wanted to mention, is do you have a channel cut on the bottom for the cord to fit into, i hope you dont have the weight of the wood laying on the cord, cool wood…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 05-12-2015 07:23 PM

grizzman….....yep. Got 3 channels cut. 1 out the back and 1 out each side.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#8 posted 05-12-2015 10:18 PM

I like it. It does sorta remind me of a sea lion. Maybe instead of a shade, a frosted, lighted ball??

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 05-13-2015 04:09 PM

Looks good – why not try to turn a lampshade? It would be a tough job, but if you could pull it off that would really make that lamp pop. Nice job.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 05-13-2015 08:07 PM

cajunpen…..actually, I have been thinking of making my own slatted version. I have no lathe but I do have an imagination.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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