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Project by Woodwrecker posted 07-30-2015 09:49 PM 3313 views 9 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You never know what you’ll find in those nasty old boards until you look real hard.

This is a Table Lamp variant reproduction of a 1908 Frank Lloyd Wright designed Print Stand.
It is made from oak and finished in linseed oil, ebonized butyl with carbon black, and a varnish mixture.

The light is the new style LED and casts a beautiful white glow.

The difficult parts included making the shade from a flat piece of Acrylic. It was sanded opaque and it had to be mitered, making the rectangular cube glue up tricky.
The wiring in hidden in a recess created in the frame.
And attaching the separate pieces in the middle to fit the space provided just right took a long time.

It had to be assembled like a puzzle.

It was a fun project to make, especially coaxing it from the pallet wood I began with.

I hope you like it.
Thanks for looking and have a great day.

(Here are some of the process shots.)

Thanks again.

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#1 posted 07-30-2015 10:30 PM

Truly a “trash to treasure” masterpiece!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 07-30-2015 10:58 PM

Nice work, Eric!

-- Woodworking with Limited Tools

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#3 posted 07-30-2015 11:41 PM

That turned into a lovely piece of furniture!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#4 posted 07-31-2015 12:04 AM


Great job on that plastic “shade”

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

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#5 posted 07-31-2015 02:13 AM

Per usual, nice work, Eric. I would not have the patients or skill.

-- Harold

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#6 posted 07-31-2015 03:58 AM

From pallets to this, Wow! Nice work and it turned out wonderful.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#7 posted 07-31-2015 11:43 AM

Very nice. I like that you used the LED light in your lamp. I am working on some ideas using LED lights and this inspires me to keep at it.

-- Ride the bevel!

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#8 posted 07-31-2015 12:03 PM

There reallt is no such thing as old board when you have the imagintion to turn it into something .
Thanks for sharing your skills.
PS. I really like your work table and all the drawers. Can you post more pics of that as well ?

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#9 posted 07-31-2015 01:03 PM

Got to hand it to you Eric you got vision ,patience and skill.
That light looks great and given what you used for material it is a true piece of craftsmanship .


-- Kiefer

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#10 posted 07-31-2015 02:04 PM

Great Look. It seems like it would be easier if you tennonned those upright pieces into mortises in the upper and lower horizontal pieces.

-- you may only live once, but if you do it right that's all you need

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#11 posted 07-31-2015 02:40 PM

Unique design and build. I like your idea of sanding the Acrylic. Thank God you don’t live up North, own a fireplace and burn all that wood ! :)

Yep, true craftsmanship. Congrats for another Daily Top 3 !



PS: I do wish you’d live 1500 miles closer !

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#12 posted 07-31-2015 03:10 PM

Awesome design and execution of this beautiful lamp Eric. Frank Loyd Wright is still my idle, he was way ahead of his time.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#13 posted 07-31-2015 03:52 PM

Beautiful piece, Eric. Wish Sherie was into modern stuff. We have A&C style in Anchorage, and kinda a pseudo Tuscany style for La Conner, if there is such a thing. My wife’s invention. Basically it is more curvy than A&C in La Conner, and the wood is mostly cherry.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#14 posted 07-31-2015 05:23 PM

That is a very interesting piece. Can you say more about the ebonizing? When you say ebonized butyl with carbon black I tried googling ebonized butyl but it doesn’t come up with much.

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#15 posted 07-31-2015 11:55 PM

Nice Job Eric and great blog on how you did it.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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