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Project by hairy posted 04-08-2016 06:37 PM 1191 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had an idea, and the only way to get it out of my head was to do it. I’m both happy and disappointed with this. It looked better on paper than it does as a finished piece, though I did stick to my planned dimensions and proportions. And it doesn’t put out as much light as I had hoped. I’ll probably try something similar again, with a few changes.

I purchased 12” x 3 and 1/4” of UMHW-PE rod for the bulb and used 3 and 1/4” of it for this.. It is some weird stuff to work with. Cut for about 30 seconds, stop and clean it off so you can see where you’re cutting, over and over.

I didn’t hollow it, it has a 1” hole drilled. The thickness doesn’t seem to effect light passing through it, but a clean cut does. Sanding and scraping makes it cloudy and darken a little. Where the side rounds into the top I have some of that. I might put it back in the chuck and do some more there, but oddly, the forstner bit I bored it out with doesn’t effect the light. Go figure.

I had planned on using a battery box that had a built in switch. The wires broke off inside the box when I was wiring it, and it’s superglued together. Plan B meant that I had to cut out some of the inside of the base , and this was after paint and finish.

Basswood. 17” tall x 5” wide at base. Ten 5mm clear LED’s and a 9v battery with a push button ON/OFF switch.

Acrylic paints and rattle can spray lacquer.

As usual, my photography sucks. I couldn’t get a pic of it in the dark. All I got was white dot on a black background.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#1 posted 04-08-2016 07:19 PM

Looks great. Lots of little detail.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 04-08-2016 11:03 PM

Hey, it looks gr8 hairy.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 04-09-2016 12:24 AM

Update: I feel a little dumber than usual now. I was out today and stopped in Radio Shack, the salesman mentioned a sale on batteries. It made a world of difference. It is a very good bright light now, and most of the dark lens has cleared up. The 1st battery I put in was new, but grocery store batteries are not on my shopping list anymore.

I still can’t figure out how to get a good picture.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#4 posted 04-09-2016 03:45 AM

Cool design!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 04-09-2016 06:50 AM

Beautiful turned lamp stand. Finished product looks more like metal than wood and it’s great.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 04-09-2016 12:18 PM

Neat light. Did you do the fluting on the lathe?

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 04-09-2016 12:29 PM


Yes. I used this jig.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#8 posted 04-09-2016 06:00 PM

I like it! It reminds me of that lamppost in the middle of the forest in the Chronicles of Narnia books. Thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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#9 posted 04-10-2016 10:16 AM

Nice work Hairy,


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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