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Project by AaronK posted 1269 days ago 1845 views 10 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Lamp made from walnut and mulberry paper. I built this as a wedding present for someone in the family. Very similar to one I made a couple years ago for my wedding anniversary. This one has some minor design changes, the biggest of which was not using a mortise or half lap joint for the 8 vertical corner posts, but to use a dowel joint instead.

I did go about things a little differently in terms of construction this time, having learned a lot from last time and also having acquired some more handy tools: I milled most of the rough stock on the bandsaw and then went straight to handplanes to finish the surface. Half laps were cut on the table saw using a freud box joint set in lieu of a real dado stack (works great!) along with two small TS sleds that are useful for smaller pieces. another thing that went easier was the process of cutting the half laps. unlike last time where i tried to get them absolutely perfect (and failing), I cut them all a hair oversize, and then planes the sides down after glue up. much much nicer results doing it that way.

The finish is a simple homemade wiping varnish blend – one soaking coat and then wiping off, followed by rubbing in past wax with 0000 steel wool. For the base I did cut back the finish with 500 grit sandpaper a couple time to fill the grain and give it a slightly higher gloss, since that is the largest uninterrupted area and something of a focal point.

Finally, it was good to work with walnut again, it’s my favorite wood. I might have some left over for another small project, maybe together with cherry…





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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 1269 days ago

Very Nice.
Sharp lines.
jamie

-- 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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woodnut

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#2 posted 1269 days ago

very nice indeed, I to like the straight lines on this piece. very classy.

-- F.Little

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 1269 days ago

classic look nice lamp.

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edgarO

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#4 posted 1269 days ago

very nice. i like your joinery.

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Chris Pond

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#5 posted 1269 days ago

Nice job & good job on the Joinery.

-- Chris, Summerland BC

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Jonathan

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#6 posted 1269 days ago

Great lamp with excellent details, especially your joinery.

Thanks for telling us a bit of the construction story as well. I, for one, like to read what went on during the process.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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Skylark53

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#7 posted 1269 days ago

This is great work. Nice design in the A & C style. Good story on the build, too. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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TheJoineryGallery

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#8 posted 1269 days ago

Everyone is right-very sharp, and clean

-- www.thejoinerygallery.com

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4thumbs

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#9 posted 1268 days ago

Neat design, pretty lumber and great craftsmanship! Hear you loud & clear on the half-laps! Mulberry paper? Really nice…

-- 4thumbs in MO

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jockmike2

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#10 posted 1268 days ago

BEAUTIFUL LAMP.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Todd Thomas

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#11 posted 1207 days ago

looks great love the look

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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Andy Brownell

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#12 posted 1193 days ago

Awesome! I want to make that. Care to share dimensions of the various elements? Perhaps an exchange?

-- Andy Brownell

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AaronK

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#13 posted 1193 days ago

andy: thanks! the base is 3/4” thick, about 4×7”. the other components are 1/2” and 1/4” square. the length of the lampshade is about 11”, then somewhere around 7” in the other directions. the 4 vertical pieces that support the bulb assembly are 3/8”... that’s about it!

i have a sketchup model that I can send you if you want. pm me with your email if so.

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AaronK

1387 posts in 1969 days


#14 posted 1193 days ago

andy: thanks! the base is 3/4” thick, about 4×7”. the other components are 1/2” and 1/4” square. the length of the lampshade is about 11”, then somewhere around 7” in the other directions. the 4 vertical pieces that support the bulb assembly are 3/8”... that’s about it!

i have a sketchup model that I can send you if you want. pm me with your email if so.

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EPJartisan

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#15 posted 1076 days ago

Excellent Lamp!

-- the sacrifice of one's ego is the greatest gift to someone you respect

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