|Project by Stephen Mines||posted 03-24-2011 06:48 PM||3701 views||2 times favorited||13 comments|
When the request for a quote came in on this my answer was:
I’m pushing for more work but this isn’t something that I can fit easily into the shop routine w/the help I have now, so am going to reluctantly pass. It’s a fun thing that I would like to personally work on but I have to run the lathes. Will quote a price (you should use me for this ONLY as a LAST RESORT!) of $46. ea in Poplar if there is at least 6-8 weeks of lead time. Stephen”
Sometimes when it seems like a job might be a hassle (for whatever reason) a high quote will send it somewhere else. Not so this time. The Purchase Order (with 50% deposit) came in for 72 pieces, at $46 each = $3,312.00.
Son Steve was working with me at the time, and I swear (to the best of my recollection we had a buncha fun with this job). We solved the attendant problems together and worked on it together, and shared the profits. He came up with an idea for making the jig for making the ‘trellis’ work in a sheet that would yield 8 parts, enough for two lamps (and he took on the non-fun task of putting the grids together). The corners of the trellis section were dadoed on the inside corners (3/16th” dado) to accept the grid section. The ‘posts’ on the corners were 1/2” X 1/2” with compound miters at each end and were attached to the top and bottom sections by two 1/8” dowels at each end. The tricky glue up was aided by the customer furnishing the metal lamp giblets (used the hollow lamp pipe as a clamp). The rest of the job was standard procedure…kinda repetitious.
Also standard procedure in my shop for a job like this is to add a 5% additional product to the total ordered. That came in handy when one of the 72 ordered was returned…(AFTER it went through customer’s finish department!) it is shown in the next to last picture (#5)...Can you spot the mistake??? If it weren’t for that mistake I wouldn’t have been able to photograph the lamp today! God looks after fools and woodworkers…
For those here aspiring to create lamps commercially, the last photo (#6) shows a view of the bottom of the lamp…the weight hole and weight plainly visible. I’m not terribly familiar with UL and/other regs relating to lamps, but a lamp weight is almost always added to the base… obviously for tip-over prevention…may or may not be a requirement for hospitality sales. Incidentally, lamp parts found at the big box stores are not all there is to it, and what is available certainly are not priced for resale. Google LAMP PARTS, LIGHTING FIXTURE PARTS for a wholesale source, or vist a lamp maker to buy a few parts.
-- Stephen Mines (Saltmines@aol.com)