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Project by SubtleEpsilon posted 01-16-2018 02:31 AM 1262 views 13 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Couple of accent lamps for the bedroom nightstands (not really reading lights since no one reads there). Smaller version of a lamp I saw here. Also added a bit of taper to the legs. Made of leftover black walnut bits . The screens are just redwood burl veneer epoxied to some polycarbonate plastic. About 14” tall.

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#1 posted 01-16-2018 03:09 AM

So nice!!!

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#2 posted 01-16-2018 02:03 PM

I like those. The burl is sweet.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 01-16-2018 02:21 PM

very nice!

-- Red pencil, red marker, marking knife... doesn't mater, the wood will end up the same color.

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#4 posted 01-16-2018 03:15 PM

I like the idea of the poly backer, any issues with heat, etc. making the epoxy separate from the plastic?

They look like they shed a nice glow, very artistic!

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#5 posted 01-16-2018 04:52 PM

Nice accent pieces, I like the burl idea, sharp!

-- Doug...

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#6 posted 01-16-2018 04:59 PM


I like the idea of the poly backer, any issues with heat, etc. making the epoxy separate from the plastic?

They look like they shed a nice glow, very artistic!

- splintergroup

This was my first time using veneer. I had some West System epoxy left over from a Morris chair build and that used their slowest curing hardener. I didn’t really have a problem with heat separation (didn’t know about that thanks!) but did notice that I needed a nice healthy coating of epoxy otherwise if I made it too thin I’d get edge separation.

I would say that if you’re looking for more light out of panels, probably redwood isn’t the way to go as I’ve got a 100 watt equivalent LED bulb in there now and you can see how much light you can get out the sides. Probably better to use a lighter wood for more light (duh).

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#7 posted 01-16-2018 05:23 PM

Looks outstanding with lights up. Beautiful and elegant design.

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#8 posted 01-16-2018 05:34 PM

These look very nice and will be wonderful accents.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#9 posted 01-16-2018 06:57 PM

I would think that after glueing the veneer to the poly backer, if you had a drum sander you could thin the veneer until it had better light transmission but was still attractive.

On a side note, the glued over poly would also be a valid technique for making a shade with those really thin mica panels (which my wife uses in her crafting and I’m no longer allowed to touch after breaking a few….).

Thanks,
Mike

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SubtleEpsilon

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#10 posted 01-16-2018 07:04 PM

Good thought but the veneer itself is about 1/42 of an inch thick. Don’t know if you can control a drum sander that well (not like I have one!)

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#11 posted 01-16-2018 07:10 PM

Nice work.

Roger

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#12 posted 01-17-2018 01:04 AM

Nice. I have thoughts on making a floor lamp similar to those. It’s on my list. The veneer on polycarbonate is a good idea too.

-- tel

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#13 posted 01-17-2018 05:37 AM

The burl is nice! You did a great job. I’m glad you experimented with the darker veneer; it really works. I used curly maple veneer on my lamps and maybe the light is better… but no one is reading by mine either.

-- Chris Wilder, Santa Cruz CA

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#14 posted 01-17-2018 11:12 PM

Beautiful Lamps, and a great idea with the Burl accent! Does the epoxy block any of the light shining through?

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SubtleEpsilon

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#15 posted 01-18-2018 06:56 AM


Beautiful Lamps, and a great idea with the Burl accent! Does the epoxy block any of the light shining through?

- Ed77

Not noticeably I don’t think. It’s pretty clear. The West Systems slow hardener has only a very slight color cast to it but nothing compared to the veneer. There are places in the veneer with some tiny gaps and the light comes through them just fine.

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