|Project by woodzy||posted 04-03-2011 07:46 AM||1910 views||10 times favorited||4 comments|
This lamp was inspired by a fellow LJ. I was looking around the site as I OFTEN do and came across Asher’s “Desk Lamp” I knew immediately that i had to attempt it.
The lamp stands 15” tall , the top is 9.5” sq and the base is 8.5” square. I used 3/4” maple for the frame construction and a veneer i had picked up for a previous project (pine i think).
I finished it (with much difficulty, trial, error and finally victory) with minwax “Dark Walnut” and 4 coats of a wipe on poly.
This was my most difficult build yet i was using materials and techniques that were all new to me. I found maple very difficult to stain. I tried everything i could from sanding to 180 grit max, to wetting the wood to raise the grain. nothing worked. Finally i stained the lamp and waited 3 days for it to dry before i wiped the lamp down the a mineral spirit dampened rag just to get rid of the residue that did not soak in to the wood.
I did however finish it and can say i am still confused as to how maple is properly stained.
I definitely had a few hairy moments but i just kept saying to my self ” Didn’t Asher make 30 of these for Christmas one year, you have to be able to make one”
Anyway, here’s hoping imitation is truly the greatest form of flattery or I’m just a flat out copy cat.