Lamp Pulls

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This is a pair of lamp pulls that I turned for a friend of my Dad’s. These are oak, I think, possibly ash. I can’t identify the wood and the pallet factory didn’t stamp the type of wood it was on the bottom of the pallet. But . . . the price was right.

The double-ended pull is about 2.5” long and has a 3/8” threaded nipple running all the way through it. The other one is about 2.25” and the nipple only goes into the wood about 1/2”.

The mandrel was a 3/8” steel rod in a drill chuck with a 3/4” long keyway a little less than 1/8” deep. A short lenght of 1/8” steel rod makes up the difference and grips the blank a lot better than the rod alone. I can remove the tailstock a bit earlier in the turning process. Makes for a bit more creative license. (I need all the creative license I can get.) If you opt to use the steel rod, cut some extras. The pile of sawdust beneath the lathe – it EATS those little metal pins. Like a clothes dryer eats socks.

-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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#1 posted 07-26-2007 05:04 AM

Those are very nice pulls.

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#2 posted 07-26-2007 05:19 AM

Really nice. I’ve never done that sort of spindle work. It looks fun!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 07-26-2007 05:35 AM

great idea !! very creative. looks like “post oak” ...

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 07-26-2007 05:57 AM

Better on your lamp than in a landfill. Great recycle.

Great lamp pulls.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 07-26-2007 03:39 PM

very cool!!!
who’da thought??? :)

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#6 posted 07-27-2007 12:02 AM


Great turnings.

I really like small, delicate turnings like this.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 11-25-2008 06:33 AM

So many good ideas, so little time! Seeing these, gives me another idea, Christmas ornaments, now just gotta ask Santa Claus for a lathe! Those pulls will definitely outshine the lamp!


-- James

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#8 posted 06-27-2013 02:31 PM

Very nice idea!! I’m going to have to make some now!

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