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Ambient Accent Lamp - Maple and Khaya

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Project by SuperDodge posted 09-30-2017 08:56 PM 1260 views 11 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I went a little crazy with the chamfer bit on this one, but I really like the effect. I was able to build this using an offcut of soft maple and another leftover board of Khaya (African Mahogany) from an old project. My better half tells me she’s not crazy about the maple grain on this one and wants me to make another with different grain so I’m donating this one for the United Way Silent Auction at my office. I’ll take what I learned from this one and make another next week.

I sanded all the parts through 320 grit and then through 1000 grit between coats of finish. The finish on the top and base is 2# Amber Shellac with a few drops of Brown Mahogany Transtint. The maple body is finished with two coats of Tried and True Danish Oil and then a couple of coats of 1# Blonde Shellac.

I got the inspiration for this project from pashley’s project (http://lumberjocks.com/projects/336289) but changed the design to something with different proportions to fit a spot in my home. One of the attached pictures is the sketchup model I played with before I started working. I deviated from his design by using a standard bulb holder attached to the base, with a wall plug and a thumb switch. I also used dowels to hold the top in alignment but make it easy to remove.

-- -RL





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BurlyBob

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#1 posted 09-30-2017 10:20 PM

That is really wonderful. I might try one down the road. Thanks for posting yours.

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#2 posted 10-01-2017 12:18 AM

I like it!
At first I thought there were LED strip around the perimiter by the color of the light.
Another one would make a nice pair for bedside tables!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#3 posted 10-01-2017 01:07 AM

I think I would use a LED bulb. The CFL is going to get generate a lot of heat. i made a lamp that stays on 24/7 and used a LED.No problems after a year of use . Beautiful lamp

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#4 posted 10-01-2017 02:34 AM



I like it!
At first I thought there were LED strip around the perimiter by the color of the light.
Another one would make a nice pair for bedside tables!

- oldnovice

That’s a really good idea. Since I’m donating this one, I think I just might make a matching pair for the guest bedroom!

-- -RL

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#5 posted 10-01-2017 01:15 PM

This is a very creative beautiful lamp. It’s also a wonderful design.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 10-01-2017 03:06 PM

Cool design very well done.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#7 posted 10-01-2017 03:07 PM

I like the concept! Definitely make a pair, it’s to nice to be alone 8^)

If (when!) I make one of these the only thing I’d do different is install a flush switch on the back to make it more convenient to turn on/off.

If you get adventurous, a cool effect would be an LED bulb that allows for the color to be changed.

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#8 posted 10-01-2017 04:37 PM



I like the concept! Definitely make a pair, it s to nice to be alone 8^)

If (when!) I make one of these the only thing I d do different is install a flush switch on the back to make it more convenient to turn on/off.

If you get adventurous, a cool effect would be an LED bulb that allows for the color to be changed.

- splintergroup

That’s the same thing my buddy said! I told him to bid on the item in the auction and the bulb was always “user-upgradeable”. :-)

-- -RL

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#9 posted 10-01-2017 07:47 PM

Yay – My first project to make it to the top of the daily rankings!

-- -RL

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#10 posted 10-01-2017 08:35 PM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 10-02-2017 05:07 PM

If you are interested in LED type lighting, check out the Philips Hue product line!
We had a 6 foot tall torch light that used two circular CFL tubes that I rewired for the Philips Hue Wireless Dimming Kit with a remote that works better, puts out just as much light at a lower cost, and I don’t need to go behind the TV to turn it on or off.

There are also a number of other Philips lighting products that are suitable for LED lighting.
I chose Philips over others because of professional relationships when I was still employed.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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