Lamp prototype, Xmas Presents

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Project by Andrew posted 10-23-2010 10:53 PM 1386 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Okay fellow woodworkers, this is my Christmas Present project for this year. I am making lamps complete with shades.
The kit from craft supplies is fairly straight forward. The Bases will be turned from some cherry 4X4s a friend gave me. They are glued up chunks with a nice veneer around the outside, I was nervous about this at irst, but now that the prototype is done, it is really a unique look. I will add a wider base later. The shade was turned from some very wet poplar, another friend gave me. I mounted it on a face plate for stabillity, and I used my new easywood finishing tool. This project is the only reason I could justify the price tag. I set up a lamp under the shade while I was turning, and just kept shaving away until I could see light through it. It was kind of nerve racking, but now that it is done very satisfying. Anyway, I am just waiting for the shade to finish drying, so I can sand the inside a little, and make sure something bad doesn’t happen while it dries. Then I will coat it with mineral oil. My suggestion will be to use CFL lightbulbs with this, but I think incandescant would still be okay, but why chance it, and the bulb will save money anyway.
Thanks for looking.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 10-23-2010 11:35 PM

Great Lamp,
should be a great present.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 10-23-2010 11:41 PM

That is pretty incredible! I never knew you could turn a lampshade? A unique gift that’s for sure!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#3 posted 10-23-2010 11:48 PM

I didn’t know it could be done either, but if a guy can turn a hat… why not, right. It was turned like a spindle I started with a log rolling on the lathe and ended up with that.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#4 posted 10-24-2010 12:00 AM

Wow, that’s a lot of turning to end up with a 1/16” thick lampshade!

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#5 posted 10-24-2010 05:11 PM

Wonderful result Andrew. I have turned a few table lamps, but never a shade. Yours came out really fantastic.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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