Asian Lantern

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Project by Dean J posted 1637 days ago 2174 views 21 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Found the plans for this online, don’t remember where besides that it was a magazine’s online back issues.

Pine, “rice paper” is actually 3/32” plexi sanded with 120 grit, and finished with BLO, Gloss Varnish, and Mineral Spirits 1/1/1. Finishing was the worst part of this, by far; I should have finished it before assembly, as the small parts made it a headache to get around.

Had to be very careful cutting this, as it was a dado stack blade raised through the workpiece. Had one side get caught with really, really awful kickback, and learned my lesson on that one.

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#1 posted 1637 days ago

Very cool pretty creative on the plexi idea.

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#2 posted 1637 days ago

Nice lamp : )

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#3 posted 1636 days ago

I always appreciate those rare occasions when someone posts a Japanese lamp. Nice work. A few weeks ago I bought the book “Making Japanese-Stype Lamps and Lanterns” by Edward R. Turner off Amazon for a couple of bucks. It shows plans for 18 projects. Now if I can just figure out how a kerfmaker works, I’ll get started! I also picked up Shoji by Jay van Arsdale. I can get lost in thoses books. I would like to spend a year or two just making lanps, lanterns and screens. The sanded plexi is a good tip. Turner’s books give several examples of style. The pieces are small enough they can basically be made of scraps and simple tools. The challange is getting the dados and rabbets right. They are beautiful.

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#4 posted 1636 days ago

Thats a lovely lamp well done

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#5 posted 1636 days ago

Hey Dean,
Now that is sweet.

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#6 posted 1636 days ago

looks wonderful whats the light source


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Dean J

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#7 posted 1636 days ago

The light source is from an Ikea hanging lantern; regular light bulb socket with a long cord, and a 25w bulb. I’d tried to use a CFL, but all the ones I could find were too bright.

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#8 posted 1636 days ago

That is really cool!

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#9 posted 1636 days ago

Cool lamp, nice lines and proportions.

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#10 posted 1635 days ago

Great job, I likey

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#11 posted 1631 days ago

im gonna think about something similar

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#12 posted 1272 days ago

Nice looking lamp I think I’ll have to try something like that, after all the honeydews are finished.

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#13 posted 1272 days ago

This is freaking rad because I’ve never seen anything as original as it on this sight. Props

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#14 posted 1113 days ago

Great project, and if you can remember where you found the plan, pass it along!

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#15 posted 1113 days ago

Dug out the plan: Popular Woodworking, June 2004

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