Bitterbrush, Mt. Mahogany, Juniper Lamps plus fireplace mantels/coffee tables working on now

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Project by thatlabguy posted 01-12-2011 03:57 AM 2962 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am new to the website so forgive me if I make some mistakes along the way. The above pictures show some of the lamps I have finished made from local Western Juniper, Bitterbrush and Mt. Mahogany wood. The last two woods are exotic Central Oregon woods rarely found in the sizes I will show later. Next time I post I will show the project I am working on from start to finish although the wood used will already be pressure washed and cut to size.
I do fireplace mantels, lamps, coffee tables, coat/hat racks and walking/hiking sticks and look forward to learning from those of you that are woodworkers on this site. The last two pictures show a Juniper coffee table slab I am beginning to work on and the last is a Juniper fireplace mantel yet to be finished. I have about 60 pieces for mantels and enough slabs for a couple dozen tables,


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#1 posted 01-12-2011 04:02 AM

Very nice looking lamps, great job.

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#2 posted 01-12-2011 02:22 PM

I love these kind of lamps. It takes an artistic eye to see a beautiful lamp in a piece of wood.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 09-16-2011 07:56 AM

cool! how in the world do you thread the lamp cord through all those
twists without it coming out the side? Beautiful work! Oh, and what finish do you use on the lamps?

-- Josh, Mesa Arizona

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#4 posted 09-16-2011 09:29 PM

I actually did come out the side several times but patched holes with sawdust from the piece and glue. On this piece I used a brown mahogany dye first then a polycrylic finish. the base is solid mt. mahogany which is found in central oregon at certain elevations…very rare to find mahogany large enough for use as a lamp or base. It is a very dense hardwood with beautiful dark brown grain.


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