|Project by bbasiaga||posted 03-23-2016 10:37 PM||583 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
Hey all. I made these two lamps from plans in the December 2015 Woodworker’s Journal. The main body and feet are ash, the base is rosewood and the top cap is Padauk. They aren’t perfect but I think they came out pretty well.
This was a good learning project for me. This project relies heavily on the bandsaw, which I had mainly only been using for small freehand cuts and resawing. You make the body by making a large square and tracing the hexagon on it. Then you use the bandsaw to cut it in to a straight sided hexagon. Then you build a tapering jig for the bandsaw and make it a tapered hexagon. (Note: If you have more than 6” of resaw you can do that all in one step). So I got some good get-to-know-you time with the bandsaw, including learning how to get a good tune up of the guides. The hexagon shapes for the top and bottom caps are also cut on the bandsaw from a square block, then finish sanded and rounded over on the router. In the plans, they cut them at a 45 on the bandsaw, but I preferred the rounded over look so I went with the router.
I also got to use my new floor model jointer to work the faces flat, and keep the right angle from side to side. (Yes, you can cut a hexagon on a jointer if you need to!).
The only real design alteration I made was to use 3 feet instead of 6. Even with the planer, getting everything flat and the same thickness, I didn’t see how it would ever sit without a wobble. 3 feet always make a plane and will never wobble.
Finish is clear shellac – the premixed stuff from Zinsser. I LOVE THIS STUFF! My first time working with shellac and I don’t know where its been all my life. No smell, super fast dry. For stuff like this that doesn’t get a lot of handling or have to be protected from moisture I think it will be my new go-to finish.
So all in all I got to do a fun little project that helped me learn some new techniques. And now the end tables I made have lamps I made sitting on them. One step closer to whole house furniture domination. :)
Thanks for looking,
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