Dodecahedron light fixture w/ Edison bulb

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Project by Agentwusabi posted 02-23-2017 10:00 PM 1019 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife was looking at pinterest and said “Wayne! You have to make this for me!” I looked at it and said “I don’t know what makes you think I can make that… there are 30 identical pieces to this, each with 6 angles cut on them and they have to be almost perfect or the errors just multiple as you try to assemble it” Nevertheless, her confidence in me paid off and this was one of the first projects I made on my table saw with no experience using one other than watching youtube…so off I went, using solidworks to build a solid model of what this shape is and to see exactly what angles needed to be cut to achieve such a thing. I used poplar, I believe was 3/4” thick and glued each piece together with no fasteners, stained it and sealed it. We bought a pendant light kit to use for the mount and power to the Edison bulb. It actually turned out a lot better than I thought… I made this about 3 years ago (in 2014)

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#1 posted 02-23-2017 10:09 PM

I really like this light fixture. You wouldn’t happen to have those numbers would you? I would like to steal your design and build a pair of these for my home.

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#2 posted 02-23-2017 10:25 PM

Its somewhat complicated to explain exactly how to cut the pieces, the first picture shows how you would make the first 2 cuts on the table saw and then the sides are cut at a miter saw with a stop set up as shown in the second picture. when the sides are cut, each piece is oriented with the long side against the bed of the miter saw and the bottom edge of the “kite” is against the fence. I may be able to send you a cad file in whatever format you would need it in or take some other pictures of the pieces I made. hope this helps

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#3 posted 02-23-2017 10:30 PM

Cad in DWG would be nice, Thank You. PM sent

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#4 posted 02-24-2017 12:14 AM

That it too cool!
How in the world did you glue it up?

-- I always knew I would grow old, But I expected it to take longer!

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#5 posted 02-24-2017 01:27 AM

I had an mdf board with 5 blocks in the shape of a pentagon that once screwed down would press the pieces together. I had to glue one side at a time but that jig worked great.

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#6 posted 02-24-2017 06:42 AM

Great work! My wife bodering me lately to by new ceiling lamp – got to show her this one – than we can both have fun.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 02-24-2017 03:39 PM


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