Ebonized oak lamp

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Project by n00b posted 01-08-2011 10:41 PM 1480 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I didn’t particularly need a new lamp, but I wanted to make something with an organic shape, and play with some finishing techniques, and this idea fit the bill.

The lamp is made of five layers of 3/4 inch oak. Some planning was required to make sure I had a suitable conduit for the wire to run through. The legs are asymmetrical, but it’s a bit hard to see… I think it ended up looking a bit Star Trek. But I had fun carving it. There are no flat surfaces anywhere except the bottom of the feet.

I finished it with a sequence of: black tea, a cocktail of vinegar and steel, shellac, and a polyacrylic topcoat. I’m sure I could have skipped at least one of those steps, but I learned a lot along the way.

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#1 posted 01-08-2011 10:53 PM

sweet looking lamp

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#2 posted 01-09-2011 12:06 AM

Great looking lamp! I often wonder why more folks don’t make lamps. They lend themselves to a very wide range of design and add a lot to a room, plus you get a lighted display of your work at the same time.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 01-09-2011 04:00 AM

Very different and nice, well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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