Desk lamp

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Project by hairy posted 11-01-2017 12:54 AM 757 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a few projects going, but when this came to mind I just stayed on it until completion. All the pieces were already here.

It features the ever popular FREE Harbor Freight flashlight. I love Harbor Freight. It’s about 4 – 5 miles away. I have flashlights everywhere, plus dish and bar magnets, batteries, tarps, whatever. A lot of their stuff is crap, but I still love Harbor Freight.

I turned these pieces separately, mortise and tenon, and put them together without glue for final shaping. I left a dowel on the end of the column to go into the mouthpiece. Paracord is used as the wiring. Brass fittings complete the piece. The brass ferrule on the earpiece is a plunger that operates the switch on the flashlight.

The mouthpiece was cut from the same board as the base. Wood jaws made it easy work.

My first attempt at thread chasing. I broke all the rules and it still works. 20 TPI.

I didn’t do much to the base, I wanted to keep the weight on the bottom. I left the chuck recess pretty much as it was, just cleaned it up some.

I really enjoyed making this piece, and I don’t have a desk.

Mahogany and brass. 14” tall x 7” wide. Rattle can spray lacquer.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#1 posted 11-01-2017 01:22 AM

As always, very clever Hairy. This one brought a smile to my face.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 11-01-2017 02:57 AM

Classy!! Nice project…

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#3 posted 11-01-2017 06:02 AM

I realy tought it’s a process of making old telephone – incredible idea for lamp and very well made. Great idea what to do with all those lamps – you make me thinking.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 11-01-2017 07:02 AM

Nice work Hairy. Very well done. Great Finish.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#5 posted 11-01-2017 02:46 PM

awesome job this is really cool

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#6 posted 11-01-2017 04:21 PM

What a great imagination you have. That is great. My wife would love that she retired from a telephone company. Antique telephones everywhere in our house..

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#7 posted 11-01-2017 05:25 PM

This is a very creative light and you did a beautiful job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#8 posted 11-01-2017 06:51 PM

I realy tought it s a process of making old telephone – incredible idea for lamp and very well made. Great idea what to do with all those lamps – you make me thinking.

- majuvla


-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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