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Project by JADobson posted 11-14-2018 04:53 PM 963 views 11 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been sitting on this project for over a year now but am very excited to post it today. I built the first lamp a few years ago after seeing a puzzle joint in popular woodworking. I thought it could be put to use on something more interesting than a puzzle. I’d also seen a project here on lumberjocks that had a similar style to this but the creator didn’t share how he made the joints so this was my take. I was very excited to have Canadian Woodworking and Home Improvement Magazine agree to publish an article on this lamp and you can find the full build details on their website here and in print on magazine racks. This is my first magazine article and I can’t quite believe it.
I built the lighter coloured lamp first, I think it might be alder, not sure as the wood came out of a dumpster. The second lamp, the one that was built for the magazine was made from oak.

Comments and critiques welcome.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks





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pottz

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#1 posted 11-14-2018 05:20 PM

congrats on being published,i checked out the mag you did a great job showing the build process.that twist to lock joint is very cool.of the two i kinda like the darker oak better myself,i just wish i had a place to use some.very nice work.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 11-14-2018 05:53 PM

Well done! The lamps are beautiful and the joinery is awesome :-) Congrats on being published too!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#3 posted 11-14-2018 08:54 PM

This is so cute…magnificant design, I bet it looks awesome in dark lighted.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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JADobson

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#4 posted 11-14-2018 09:23 PM

Thanks for the kind words all.

Ivan here is a photo of it on my shelf at work with the light on:

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#5 posted 11-14-2018 11:45 PM

Very beautiful work. And congrats on a published article, something to be proud of.

I have seen lamp similar on Pinterest, yeah I look there for inspiration and ideas. Would like to find a nitch to get into to supplement income down the road. I have not looked at the article yet, but need to.

Question though. I have seen a design, think it’s called kioloe (spelling ?) But it appears that it is more of fitting the pieces together with fine cuts for the exact fit. You stated joints that twist and lock. Is this anything like what I explained?

Japanese woodworking is interesting. I would like to learn more about the subject.

Again looks great

-- Eric, Upstate South Carolina

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#6 posted 11-15-2018 12:15 AM

Great article. Looks fairly easy to build.

I may have to give this a try, I have some scrap wenge pieces which would fit the bill.

Again great work

-- Eric, Upstate South Carolina

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#7 posted 11-15-2018 12:22 AM

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#8 posted 11-15-2018 01:33 AM

Hey Eric – I’m definitely no expert on Japanese joinery so I don’t know the proper terminology for what this is (or if it even is a traditional Japanese joint). You are right that this project relies on tight fitting joinery as there is no glue (except to hold the paper shades to their frames.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#9 posted 11-15-2018 01:48 AM

Very Nice Lamps!

-- I Chose "The Road Less Travelled" Now I'm Totally Lost! (Ontario, CANADA)

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#10 posted 11-15-2018 01:54 AM

Very nice lamps and congrats on the Woodworking article.

-- AJ

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#11 posted 11-15-2018 10:03 AM

Added to my favorites,
Nice one

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JADobson

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#12 posted 11-15-2018 12:57 PM

Thanks everyone.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#13 posted 11-15-2018 01:55 PM

Awesome lamps and the fact that you got published adds the cherry on top!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#14 posted 11-15-2018 02:19 PM

These rock, gratz on well deserved top 3

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#15 posted 11-15-2018 02:28 PM

Nice and Congrats!

-- Doug...

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