Accent Lamps

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Project by SimonSKL posted 11-24-2009 06:59 PM 4586 views 25 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I came across a table lamp project in the Feb/Mar 2005 Wood Magazine which I thought would be a great Christmas gift. I just completed making two of these lamps. I modified the original design by making the vertical pieces with a slight concave curve. One is made with maple and the other walnut. This is the first time I got to use the kerfmaker that I made a few months ago to make the dado cuts. This tool is perfect for a project like this and it worked extremely well.

Here is a link to the Kerfmaker project.

The diffusers are made of 1/8” acrylic and sanded to make it opaque. Making the diffusers was the hardest part of the project as I have difficulty in making the 45 degree bevel edge straight. I ended up re-making an entire diffuser because of crooked edges.

Since I want the natural look of maple and walnut, finish was done with tung oil and 3 spray coats of clear semi-gloss Polycrylic. Thanks for looking.

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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#1 posted 11-24-2009 07:09 PM


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#2 posted 11-24-2009 07:10 PM

Cool looking lamps. The curve looks good, it adds a lot more to the design.

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#3 posted 11-24-2009 07:35 PM

Asian accent, very beautiful. Love that kind of work.

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#4 posted 11-24-2009 07:47 PM

very nice think you gave me some idea’s. Like the looks!

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#5 posted 11-24-2009 09:58 PM

Nice lamps. What wattage bulb did you use?

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#6 posted 11-24-2009 10:39 PM

Vincent, excellent question. I am using 60W CFL bulb. The original article recommends a 25w tubular bulb which to me is not bright enough. I think it was because the acrylic is very sensitive to heat and it will melt under high temp. The actual wattage of the 60W CFL is only 13W which I think is low enough and won’t cause any damage to the acrylic. I have the light on for a couple hours and there is very little heat reaching the diffuser.

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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#7 posted 11-25-2009 01:16 AM

Very nice lamps. It looks that when you curved the vertical pieces it gave it an Asian feel where it may have been a craftsman look before.

-- Keith, Bolingbrook, Illinois. The way I figure it I only have the rest of my life to get good at this...

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#8 posted 11-25-2009 11:03 PM

Nice lamps. I don’t think you will have heat problems with CFL’s

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#9 posted 11-25-2009 11:33 PM

great job

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#10 posted 02-18-2010 04:55 AM

Great job…very nicely done : )

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