|Project by FJPetruso||posted 01-23-2011 05:54 AM||2563 views||5 times favorited||5 comments|
My wife likes to decorate with Japanese pictures & accents. So naturally when she wanted me to make a her a new table lamp she wanted it to have a somewhat Japanese style. I chose to make a lamp with a “Craftsman” look that had panels that could be decorated with an Oriental design. The lamp needed to have a dark wood too because the coffee & end tables in the room are dark mahogany. That made the American Black Walnut, that I salvaged years ago from a mad man with a chainsaw that was cutting a beautiful tree into fire wood, really fit the bill. I chose a Cherry Blossom design for the panels that was cut out with my new little Porter Cable scroll saw. (The lamp made a nice excuse to acquire a new scroll saw for my shop.) To highlight the cherry blossom design, I used that masonite hardboard with the bright white factory finish. Other nice features of the lamp project is that I salvaged the lamp hardware from a garage sale lamp that I got for two bucks & I found the squareish shade on clearance at a local store. For the cylindrical piece near the top of the lamp I glued up several pieces of walut & turned it to dimension on my lathe. Actually making the lamp wasn’t a whole lot different than when I made the Oak Candle Lantern years ago. Candle Lantern The center of the lamp has nearly the same exact construction. For the lamp I used drywall screws to hold the top & bottom to the styles. And the styles had a groove cut to accept the walnut panels with the scroll sawn cherry blossom design & the masonite backing. No glue was necessary. In fact the only glue I used was for the cylinder near the top & for the feet. Which were also kept in place with added brads from my brad nailer. Prior to assembling the lamp with a hollow lamp tube that was cut to the overall length of the lamp, I finished the walnut with Danish Oil. I guess I can officially call the lamp finished when I add the padded feet to protect the tables. Maybe the next time I make a lamp, I’ll make a fancy lamp shade for it too.
I have updoaded a couple of photos that I took of a couple of steps in the progress to the final configuration of the lamp. Both photos show the lamp without the cylinder of wood near the top. One photo shows the wood after the chamfering of the edges of all the squared pieces.
-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"