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Project by Luke posted 06-01-2010 02:28 AM 2047 views 9 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these lamps out of white oak and finished with puritan pine stain and semi-gloss arm-r-seal wipe on poly/ per the customers request. This is actually my first commission job. Only two of them are going to the customer, the others I want to try to sell. I’m selling them for $80 each including shipping. PM me if you’re interested. In one of the pictures you’ll see that one lamp looks different. I decided to glue the feet to the opposite side to see how that would look (oops!). I must have had my mind somewhere else when I did that one. Finishing and staining these took so much longer than making them. I’ve made them before so it was all familiar which made it easier, but I hadn’t anticipated all the time involved with getting all the little corners covered with the stain and then the finish. I came to a realization during this build. I was wondering why I do wood work at all. I found myself trying to hurry up the process to get it over with. Several times I had to stop and think about it. Why work wood if you’re not going to try to do the best that you can with it? Why hurry just to get it over with? I want my work to be top quality, and sometimes when I get started I find myself in a hurry or wishing it could go faster or how much time I am losing doing this. I really desire my projects to be the best quality possible with what I have and there is no reason to not look at it that way. Why finish 10 projects that are so-so when I can make one or two that really stand out. I am not in this to make money, if I was I would never make it. I’m just not to that point yet. My current job satisfies my monetary needs and this is my hobby. For now, my #1 goal will be quality. I realize that may change, but that is my current feeling.
Thanks for looking,

-- LAS,

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#1 posted 06-01-2010 02:32 AM

Great looking lamps a nice design.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 06-01-2010 03:17 AM

Very elegant design well made.
I tried to make some money from my hobby at one time, I soon gave up the idea and have been much happier since. I have no deadlines and work on whichever project I feel like at the time (I usually have 2 or 3 on the go an once. The satisfaction I get is from the kind comments on this site. A compliment here is really worth something. I hope you continue to enjoy your HOBBY. If it becomes a chore there is something wrong,

-- Maclegno,Scotsman in Italy

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#3 posted 06-01-2010 06:15 AM

Wow! I like this idea a lot

View Luke's profile


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#4 posted 06-01-2010 02:55 PM

Yeah, it’s parchment paper, very translucent. Yes, it is flammable I suppose, I’ve had another for a long time now and no fires. Thanks Mac, Maluco, a1jim.

-- LAS,

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Monty Queen

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#5 posted 06-01-2010 04:17 PM

Nice job on the lamps. Some times i have the same fellings when i start a project i want to hurry it. I decided a long time ago I will keep my day job and do wood working for a hobby and to relax and not be stressed by deadlines. When i retire i might try to make stuff to sell.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#6 posted 06-01-2010 05:41 PM

Well done on the lamps.

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#7 posted 06-01-2010 11:17 PM

Yes nice work very clean and crisp. A wise old man once told me why run to your grave when you can walk and enjoy the trip.


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#8 posted 06-01-2010 11:27 PM

Nice lamps.

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