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Project by Operaman posted 01-03-2008 08:47 PM 2846 views 10 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The body and shade frame of the lamp are made from quilted cherry, with the shade featuring mica panels and cut sheet copper in a pine cone motif. The lamp is deceptively simple: there is close to 20 hours of handwork in the shade alone, which includes double compound miters and half laps. Both the corbels and lamp shade arms are let into the main body by stopped sliding dovetails.

-- Cheers!





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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 01-03-2008 09:05 PM

beautiful.
hmm “deceptively simple” “20 hours in the shade alone”... Simple as in easy techniques … just time consuming to do these easy techniques… ok I get it… :)

the pine cone: is this cut on a scrollsaw or did you purchase it “as is”?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Operaman

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#2 posted 01-03-2008 09:13 PM

I mean that for the average person, they would not see that much work in the shade (which is, indeed, the bulk of the work). The pine cone I cut out myself from sheet copper on a scroll saw.

-- Cheers!

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MsDebbieP

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#3 posted 01-03-2008 09:20 PM

I think the average person doesn’t see most of the work needed to provide the beautiful projects.
And sometimes, what I am learning, is that the “simple” stuff takes the most time to complete

Beautiful pine cone!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Operaman

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#4 posted 01-03-2008 09:21 PM

You are totally correct. It is, many times, the most simple appearing portions of a project that prove to be the most challenging.

-- Cheers!

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Critterman

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#5 posted 01-03-2008 09:36 PM

Scott, very nice really like the shade. Where did you get the mica panels from??

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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Operaman

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#6 posted 01-03-2008 09:40 PM

I ordered them online from a company in California, I think. I would have to look back through my files.

-- Cheers!

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TreeBones

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#7 posted 01-04-2008 12:50 AM

Wow, a lot of time into this project. Very nice, it was worth it.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service http://westcoastlands.net/Sawmill.html http://westcoastlands.net/SawBucks2/phpBB3 http://www.portablesawmill.info

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Chip

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#8 posted 01-04-2008 05:11 AM

More great work. Thanks for letting us see it Scott.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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Dadoo

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#9 posted 01-04-2008 05:22 AM

Nice one Scott!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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Douglas Bordner

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#10 posted 01-04-2008 06:20 PM

That’s a beauty, Scott. Please keep us informed about the sheet Mica source.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#11 posted 01-04-2008 06:54 PM

Very impressive in its simplicity.

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SPalm

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#12 posted 01-04-2008 08:04 PM

Scott,
Very very nice.
Dang it, now I have another project that I want to try :)

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Mick

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#13 posted 01-07-2008 06:29 PM

I would be very interested in your Mica source. The lamp is beautiful. I want to make wall sconces using Mica but have not found a supplier for it.

-- The name is "Splinter"... I'm the son-of-a-son-of-a-carpenter

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GaryK

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#14 posted 01-07-2008 07:44 PM

Very cool. Nice job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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dennis mitchell

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#15 posted 05-10-2008 02:53 PM

Beautiful!

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