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Project by Greensabbath posted 1416 days ago 4119 views 54 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this lamp during my first year of college. It was my first heavy use of hand tools and sparked my interest in Japanese design. It is easily still one of my favorite projects and was in the Fine Woodworking magazine Reader’s Gallery.

-- Nick, Falzone, http://www.nickfalzonedesign.com





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Rick

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#1 posted 1416 days ago

I Love Japanese Designs also and like you Lamps are my Favourite! You did a Beautiful Job on this one Nick!

The “Balance” & Design is outstanding. Looks like the “Golden Ratio” was applied for the side pieces.

Congrats and thanks for posting.

Rick

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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Ken90712

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#2 posted 1415 days ago

I really like this. I wish it would fit in the decor of our house so I could make one. Great work!

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

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mafe

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#3 posted 1415 days ago

Beautiful, the Japanese are magicians with deseging and material.
Best thoughts,
MaFe

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Maveric777

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#4 posted 1415 days ago

Yea, I got to join the “I’m A Japanese Design Fan” club…. Now who is going to show me the secret hand shake?...lol

Outstanding piece Nick. Well done….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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Ollie

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#5 posted 1415 days ago

Very elegant, I love Japanese design but sometimes people miss a certain element. You have done it just right. I love it.

-- Ollie, UK.

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AaronK

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#6 posted 1415 days ago

nice work. i love the elegant design on the sides.

one question though: how are those corners joined??? are those extended corners just caps, or integral to the structural members?

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richgreer

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#7 posted 1415 days ago

This is a fantastic design and very well done.

If only you could hide the cord (or at least make it less noticeable). It’s a distraction on a beautiful piece of art.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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anforte

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#8 posted 1415 days ago

There is something about the simplicity, elegant design and symmetry that capture one’s atention and pleasure.

Excellent job!

-- Anforte NJ

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Flemming

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#9 posted 1414 days ago

the japanese style is undoubtedly one of the most captivating!
and you captured it beautifully :)
well done

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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gepatino

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#10 posted 486 days ago

I’ve seen this lamp and send you an email about the joints, then searched here for japanese lamp, and here’s the same beautiful lamp.

So, I was trying to figure out how to make those joints where the three pieces of wood overlap. Could you give me a hand here? At least the name of the joinery type?

thanks a lot,

-- http://about.me/gepatino

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AaronK

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#11 posted 486 days ago

i was wondering the same thing. I made a similar lamp once (well, twice) and used a 3-way lap joint. not the strongest, but definitely strong enough for the application. It’s made by lapping in 2-D like normal, then making another cut halfway across in the 3rd dimension… if that sounds confusing I can get you a sketchup file with my design if you’d like.

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RonInOhio

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#12 posted 486 days ago

Beautiful lamp. I saw some Japanese room dividers somewhere the other days that looked really nice. Thinking about building someday.

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gepatino

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#13 posted 486 days ago

I was browsing this page [1] for a while and couldn’t find any example like this one.

My guess so far is:

Make three frames (the horizontal squares ones) by half-lapping. Then join the vertical bars using mortise and tenons, and add a short piece at the top and bottom of each vertical bar.

That could work if all the pieces are the same width/depth, but are the vertical bars in this lamp a bit thicker than the horizontal ones?

AaronK, I’d really apreciate it if you already have a sketchup done.

[1] http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/_joineryterms.htm

-- http://about.me/gepatino

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AaronK

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#14 posted 486 days ago

sure – pm me your email and we can go from there.

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gepatino

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#15 posted 486 days ago

I think it could be done like this: https://tinkercad.com/things/fSFItanOY3Q-japanese-lamp-joinery

(I’m not used to sketchup yet, and this site is simple enough to make a small model quickly.)

I was trying to figure out how to do it without cuting one of the bars, but couldn’t find any way. Then I remember seeing something like this before.

-- http://about.me/gepatino

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