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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 04-23-2018 11:54 AM 1099 views 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a lamp made from a scrap mesquite slab base and a piece of the skeleton of a “jumpin” cholla cactus.
It is 28” high to the top of the harp. It had a touch control box in the pocket inside the base and the trigger is that brass button in front shown close in the 4th photo. The button is a 30-30 cartridge that was faced off and buffed.

It is finished with gloss polyurethane .

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!





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Andy

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#1 posted 04-23-2018 11:59 AM

Great looking lamp Jim!

-- Andy Smith https://www.etsy.com/shop/xrayhardwoods

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lew

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#2 posted 04-23-2018 12:53 PM

Love the way the cactus flairs into the base!

The contact switch really adds a nice “touch”!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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doubleDD

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#3 posted 04-23-2018 01:22 PM

Nice one Jim. The Cholla gives beauty to projects, you just have to think out of the box. At first I was wondering how you mounted it to the base. That piece must of been near the root of the cactus to get enough meat on it to mount it.
Looks like you have another challenge to make a shade to match this one.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 04-23-2018 02:14 PM

Beautiful Jim! Very ingenious but we have come to expect this kind of thing from you!

-- jstegall

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#5 posted 04-23-2018 03:54 PM



Nice one Jim. The Cholla gives beauty to projects, you just have to think out of the box. At first I was wondering how you mounted it to the base. That piece must of been near the root of the cactus to get enough meat on it to mount it.
Looks like you have another challenge to make a shade to match this one.

- doubleDD


Great looking this far.

Many of us will be waiting to see the shade too!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#6 posted 04-23-2018 06:55 PM

Nicely done Jim.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#7 posted 04-23-2018 07:08 PM

Great looking lamp Jim

Bill

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#8 posted 04-23-2018 08:59 PM

First glance Jim this looks a very simple piece, however a study of the pics shows a lot of derailed work gone into this one.
Great result bud
cheers
pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#9 posted 04-23-2018 11:25 PM

Very nice Jim.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 04-23-2018 11:34 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments.

Hi Lew, I tried to play the curve of the bottom of the cactus with the curve of the base. I’m thinking I could have cut down the thick side of the cactus to give it less curve to the side but it is what it is now!!

Hi Dave, the shade is in the back of my mind. I have never made on before and I have one going for that red cedar vase I made last year. I’m stumped on what I want it to look like. I have 10 tapered wedges made and I’m thinking of lacing them together…but I’m not sure????

Hi Pete. I had to hide the touch sensor and had to make a secure mount for the cactus so it has 2 dowels , one screw and lots of glue!! There is another part of that 30-30 shell inside the cactus to hide where the wire comes up from the base, too.

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 04-24-2018 12:23 AM

Very cool Mr Jim. Looks like it grew there

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#12 posted 04-24-2018 01:34 AM

Reeely purdy Jim.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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doubleDD

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#13 posted 04-24-2018 01:50 AM

Here’s one I’m just gonna throw at you Jim depending on your access to more cholla. You could somehow bind them together in a circle to form the shade. Or maybe random stack them to form one. A lot of work either way but I know you like to keep your mind busy.
By the way, after making the Horny Shelf from the piece you gave me, I still have a 10’’ piece left. Like you, it hasn’t come to me what it should be yet. Haha

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#14 posted 04-24-2018 06:08 AM

This is very creative lamp, with lot of contrasting elements.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 04-24-2018 12:41 PM

Thanks, Kaleb, Gene , Dave and Ivan.

Hi Dave, I have a lot of cholla back in Arizona. I only brought back this piece and big 3 legged one for another table base. I have been thinking about using cholla but can’t do it until next year. I am working on a cedar shade and if it works out okay, I may go with a mesquite shade of the same design. I’m picking up a load of mesquite and pistachio in Indiana on Thursday so I’ll have some stock.

I really like that horny shelf and can get you more cholla if you need it.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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