|Project by TomC||posted 02-15-2008 02:28 AM||1150 views||4 times favorited||9 comments|
On our travels we’ve seen southwest style chandeliers but they are quite expensive, so I decided to take a shot at making my own. I made a sub frame of plywood for all the parts and then cut hickory to make a 1/4 inch veneer. The ones for sale are typically finished plywood or oak.
The “wings” are an inverted mesa step and hang on the center column by a hook system using a 45 degree angle. The unit mounts flush to the ceiling with the ball and socket bracket of a ceiling fan. Had to reinforce the electrical box for the weight of the chandelier (weighs about 35lbs.).
The globes were purchased from a store in New Mexico since pottery making is not in my skill set. The dark bands on the wings and column is a 3/4 inch strip of paduk. Rubbed it with three coats of teak oil.
-- Tom, Farmington Hills MI