|Project by AaronK||posted 10-31-2010 11:26 PM||2411 views||12 times favorited||17 comments|
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…