|Project by AaronK||posted 07-25-2009 10:34 PM||2750 views||29 times favorited||20 comments|
For my first anniversary present, a mulberry paper lamp in walnut. Thanks to Steve for suggesting something like this. I did post a couple blog posts about this, but they dont really cover the whole process – i’m a terrible blogger what can i say.
I designed it myself based on some other traditional and contemporary designs. I like to think it’s FLW meets shoji functionality. Although the paper is actually Thai… I deviated very little from my original sketchup design. the width is slightly less, the narrow design slats are not mitered at the ends, and the vertical corner pieces protrude from the top a bit, with a little bevel at the top for fun.
I learned a huge amount while putting this together… lots about dimensioning lumber, working smaller pieces, and using hand tools – no sandpaper touched this wood. the last thing on there was a really sharp block plane. Which was incredibly satisfying – once it was the right size it was done. silky smooth done. The wood was wonderful to work with – my first time with walnut. The smell and texture are inspiring to say the least. I wanted to leave it pretty natural, so the finish is a single coat of Minwax antique oil followed by another 1.5 of paste wax, which leaves it still silky smooth.
This being my second project there are of course countless mistakes in the thing. most of them are not noticable, and the ones that are are pretty minor. they stem partly from my failure to properly dimension the lumber and partly from some of the crazy grain pattern in some of the stock. like i said, there were lessons learned!
What else can i say about it… the top is cut out in the center to allow escape of heat (fluorescent bulb), the bulb socket is silicone glued into a circular mortise. the cord travels through a bored out 3/8” thick section. The paper was super easy to work with – easiest part of the whole thing. I think i might try some more paper-based constructions in the future. oh yeah, the paper came from creative papers. overall this thing took way too many hours to make. but it was worth it, my wife absolutely adores it.
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