Cedar Stave Lamp shade

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 07-07-2018 11:12 PM 1140 views 2 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at making a lampshade. I needed one for that red cedar lamp I made a while back and did some research on the shape and sized it should be for the shape and size of the lamp.

It is 5” diameter at the top and 15” diameter at the bottom and the 10 3/16” staves are 9 1/2” long. I made a drill fixture for all the 1/8” holes and found some 1/16 round real leather lacing to connect all the staves. I first connected them all through the middle holes and then I welded two 1/8” steel rings for the top and bottom to tie the staves to- to keep the round shape. It came out kind of hokey but I think I’ll keep it being the first attempt.
I’m thinking a glue in wood ring at the top and bottom with the right angle cut on it might be easier???

It is finished with Danish Oil and clear gloss lacquer

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

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#1 posted 07-08-2018 12:04 AM

oh yes Jim,very very nice

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#2 posted 07-08-2018 12:10 AM

Nice Jim, nice – another engineering success
It goes perfect on the cypress slab

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 07-08-2018 01:09 AM

Cool Jim. I love it, if ya want it just make it. Besides that it keeps you young.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#4 posted 07-08-2018 01:36 AM

Very fine lamp on an absolutely gorgeous table too.

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

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#5 posted 07-08-2018 01:40 AM

VERY COOL Lamp Shade!!

Speaking of lamp shades, if you have ever watched the TV series MONK, they have Arts & Crafts stuff displayed in their homes… One is a very COOL lamp shade… That I love… I will eventually try to make one… if I can figure it out…

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#6 posted 07-08-2018 02:09 AM

Nice shade Jim. I like it!!

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#7 posted 07-08-2018 02:48 AM

Very nice, Is the red cedar from the blocks I brought you, can’t remember when you posted it. I have two large blocks of west coast yellow cedar that a friend dropped off yesterday, he is logging on the coast. wish I could bring you some of that. Totally different smell than west coast red cedar.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#8 posted 07-08-2018 03:41 AM

Hats off to you Jim. Thats a cool looking shade. Perfect match for the lamp.

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

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#9 posted 07-08-2018 07:49 AM

That looks real good Jim, I like it.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#10 posted 07-08-2018 08:39 AM

WOW, that’s one unique and ’’copy worth’’ project!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 07-08-2018 12:30 PM

Thanks for all the nice’re too kind!

Hi Dick, that table top is redwood with manzanita legs. My wife bought in in Kansas Settlement, Az from a guy with a great wood shop out in the middle of the desert! I use it in a lot of photos.

Hi Vernon, I try that …make it before buying it..if I can! I throw away a few flop projects that never make it here.

Hi Brian, I believe that the staves and the lamp are both from that cedar log you gave me. There are two short pieces left and I’m waiting for them to tell me what they want to be!!

Hi Ivan, here is a site I use a lot for getting dimensions for designs:

cheers, Jim

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

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#12 posted 07-08-2018 01:43 PM


Fits perfectly with that base, very nice Jim!

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#13 posted 07-08-2018 02:19 PM

Nice one Jim

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 07-08-2018 03:11 PM

wow – this brings back memories !!
my dad made my mother a cedar stave lamp just like yours back in the late ‘50s.
very nicely done !!! I especially like the turned body and slab table.

Excellent Job !!



-- I started out with nothing in life ~ and still have most of it left.

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#15 posted 07-08-2018 03:23 PM

This is a beautiful lamp shade.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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