Ocote Lamp

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Project by jeth posted 08-19-2010 07:28 AM 1658 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a lamp made with panels of Ocote (pine resin) set in a frame of Primavera and the ring in the top from Huanacastle. I was cutting rough construction timber for a stage platform and all of a sudden the saw was struggling and letting off smoke/vapour and the air filled with an unusually strong pine aroma. I checked it out and found that under the surface the piece was almost a solid block of resin with a small amount of wood fibre holding it together. Thought there had to be something to be done with this and shortly after resawed some thin panels to make up this lamp. (At great risk I might add, in the absence of a bandsaw and in the mexican tradition of a total disregard for health & safety I had to cut them on the table saw)
This stuff is hard to finish, more a case of polishing than sanding, kind of like sanding soap, and it’s rather unfriendly to blades. I used thinner and fine grade paper to polish it up adding a bit of wax to the natural pine oil that the thinner brought out of the material.
The first month or two in use the lamp gave of a lovely pine scent. The panels look fantastic when lit from behind, giving a fire like effect, up close you can see the whole sructure of the ‘wood’ with all the layers of grain visible. Though everyone who has seen it wants one I liked it too much and haven’t parted with it.

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#1 posted 08-19-2010 10:27 AM

Cool looking lamp looks great!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 08-19-2010 12:11 PM

thankĀ“s for sharing the idea :-)


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#3 posted 08-19-2010 12:36 PM

That’s a great effect you have achieved there.
Could start a whole new genre of ‘mood’ furniture!

-- Wheathills, Derbyshire, UK,

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#4 posted 08-19-2010 01:07 PM

I you worries about it catching fire with the heat of the lamp? Great looking lamp, I have thought about trying this but worry about fire :)

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#5 posted 08-19-2010 02:00 PM

This is really a great idea. I have never seen this done before. You have pullled it off with great skill.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#6 posted 08-19-2010 03:51 PM

Nice that you were able to recognize an opportunity in what many others would have viewed as “bad wood”. This turned out great!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 08-19-2010 04:01 PM

Thanks for all comments..
The lamp has probably a year now illuminating a corner of my living room with no issues regarding heat, no fires to date! As you can see I incorporated the wide open circle into the top of the lamp to allow heat to escape and provide an uplighting effect. I also used a small energy saver bulb to minimise heat inside. I did once tip the lamp on its side to cast more light whilst reading,as usual I fell asleep on the sofa, and by morning the face above the bulb had started to exude a few small bubbles of resin, a little more thinner and a quick polish sorted that out.

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#8 posted 08-19-2010 05:20 PM

Wow! I see why you don’t want to part with it, It is BEAUTIFUL!!!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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