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Desk lamp with wooden shade

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Project by Rb12 posted 01-20-2017 02:41 PM 2071 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The lamp is about 14” tall and 7” wide. The wood is birch and African Mahogany. The “shade” is birch veneer. I used super glue to clue the veneer perpendicular to itself on the corners, but it holds remarkably well. There is a 100W equivalent LED bulb in it producing about 10w, which produces no real noticeable heat buildup.

Finish is just a few coats of Danish Oil





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#1 posted 01-20-2017 03:27 PM

Looks good! Interesting design! Love the warm glow of the light through the veneer.

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#2 posted 01-20-2017 04:37 PM

It’s nicely done and a beautiful project.

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#3 posted 01-20-2017 07:27 PM

Really nice! Love the look of the light through the grain.

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#4 posted 01-20-2017 07:44 PM

thx for the thoughts. I too was really happy how well the grain on the veneer showed up

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#5 posted 01-20-2017 11:33 PM

Love the texture of the grain when the lamp is on!

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#6 posted 01-20-2017 11:55 PM

Great looking lamp. Nicely done!

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#7 posted 01-21-2017 12:15 AM

Nice! Lots of possibilities here.

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#8 posted 01-21-2017 01:11 AM

So cool.

So you got me thinking about making one and I started looking at veneer available by mail. Did you find veneer without paper backing? Was it plain sawn (like a board) or rotary cut (like a plywood ply) ? The wonderful grain you got indicates to me that it was rift or plain sawn. Thanks!

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#9 posted 01-21-2017 10:39 AM

Thx for the compliments. I have made a couple veneer shades now. Both times I bought Sauers and Company brand veneer from my local Woodcraft. They are plain, non adhesive/paper backed. I think 1/32” thickness which I find sufficient to cut, glue, generally work with while being thin enough to allow a light source pass through. Not sure how the veneers are cut; they are sequence matched so I would guess saw cut, but I am not sure. I could see some tool marks on these ones, but I sanded them before use with 220grit paper and a sanding block and they cleaned up fine.

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#10 posted 01-21-2017 12:09 PM

Very nicely done. I wonder if a chandelier type of light could be made this way. I’ve been thinking of some design for over the dining room table.

You’ve given me food for thought. Thanks.

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#11 posted 01-22-2017 04:55 PM

Looks great!

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#12 posted 01-22-2017 05:15 PM

Thanks RB. Woodcraft down the road.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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