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Project by TomC posted 2380 days ago 1041 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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Bob A in NJ

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#1 posted 2380 days ago

Hi, clever design, nice work!

-- Bob A in NJ

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 2380 days ago

Very unique and the paduk adds a nice detail to the piece.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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cajunpen

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#3 posted 2379 days ago

Now that is a sharp look chandelier. I really like the Southwestern look.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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schwingding

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#4 posted 2379 days ago

Really nice! Now get thee a lathe and turn the globes yourself.

-- Just another woodworker

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KDL

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#5 posted 2379 days ago

Congrats on taking on the challenge, doing something different with your decor, and pulling it off. To be honest, Southwest isn’t my thing, but I like the result. It fits the room. Are the suns on the pottery globes painted on, or do they shine through when the bulbs are lit?

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Blake

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#6 posted 2379 days ago

That’s an awesome and unique design for a southwestern style chandelier. Well done.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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MsDebbieP

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#7 posted 2376 days ago

cool
and looks wonderful in the room

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

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CoolDavion

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#8 posted 2347 days ago

It looks great. Fits the style well.

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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rikkor

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#9 posted 2346 days ago

Very nice. It certainly sets the decor of the room.

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