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Project by twist posted 02-12-2016 10:46 AM 1422 views 15 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Fir Veneer, reproductions for a customer of antique shades that were just falling apart. Easier to make new than to try and repair originals.

-- Every tool is a weapon if you hold it right -Ani DiFranco

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#1 posted 02-12-2016 03:28 PM

very nice way to display the beauty of wood grain. beats plastic any day. Have to think further along these lines.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#2 posted 02-12-2016 08:08 PM


-- if it is to be it is up to me

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#3 posted 02-12-2016 11:20 PM

Really like these…care to share a bit on how you made them?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#4 posted 02-13-2016 02:12 AM

These are reproductions of some antique Scandinavian shades a client had that had just gotten too old and brittle. Ribs are 1/4 baltic birch ply veneered on both sides to avoid any short-grain issues. Then carefully bandsawn to shape with kerfs for the hoops to slide into. The hoops , made from single pieces of vertical-grained fir, had to be very precise in their respective sizes and were created by overlapping and gluing the ends with CA glue and an activator. Had to make a little clamping jig to help with that. These were very fragile and under tension. The smallest splinter would run and split the hoop. Then the hoops were slid into the kerfs and attached with a carefully placed drop of glue and a few pre-drilled brads. For these fir shades I had the originals to use for patterns, although they were pretty rough, being made from a CDX type material. I was able to reuse the metal hardware for attaching the wood to the lamp/bulb. The ash wall sconce I posted as well is my own design using very similar techniques. No finish was used at all on any of these. Hope this helps.

-- Every tool is a weapon if you hold it right -Ani DiFranco

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#5 posted 02-13-2016 05:31 AM

really amazing result and thanks for the build explanation

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