Plan B lamp

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Project by KnickKnack posted 12-09-2011 02:55 PM 2420 views 10 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You can read about how this lamp came to be like this in this blog. As usual – you’re not likely to learn much there, but there may be the odd interesting snippet.

I usually do my wood work in broad brush strokes. Someone on here recently described it as “chunky style”.
For me this project marks a radical departure, although I think it’s still fairly obvious that it’s a KnickKnack creation – the angles, the interlocking – all somewhat mathematical.

This was a lot of fun – I surprised myself by not rushing – and the project surprised me by actually fitting together like it was supposed to with only the lightest of card scrapering in the odd place.

Fumed oak, ash, lightly cherry stained beech. Linseed oil finish.
It’s 29cm tall by 23cm square (11 1/2 ” x 9” square)

As always – feel free to comment – praise is good – suggestions for how it might have been differently made, or better designed also welcomed.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#1 posted 12-09-2011 03:16 PM

I like it! The only thing I might have changed would have been to run the electric up inside one of the legs so that the hanging cord doesn’t distract from the design.

That being said, I think it’s a very attractive design. I like your choice of color and the way it all fits together. Well Done!

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#2 posted 12-09-2011 04:42 PM

nice lamp! do you have a drawing of the internal corner joints? those are always complicated.

also, i was wondering why you use your 45 º router jig when a simple 45 º chamfering bit will take all the jig work (fun?) out and make things simpler?

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#3 posted 12-09-2011 05:22 PM

…the hanging cord doesn’t distract…
Well, err, yes. Plan A had the cable hidden, when I changed to plan B, well, err, forgot is the word that springs to mind.

…why you use your 45 º router jig when a simple 45 º chamfering bit…
Fair question.
1) The chamfering bit I have is the kind that comes free in a set of 16 bits when you buy a router for 45 euros – not exactly haute qualitat, whereas I have a range of quality bits of a straight persuasion.
2) Said cheapo bit doesn’t actually fit through the hole in my “router table”.
3) I’d need a jig to attach the wood to, I guess kindof like the one I used for cutting the slots
4) I like the 45° jig. Once the piece, no matter how small, is clamped onto it, you have this big, heavy, solid thing to grab hold of with both hands as you run it along an edge

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#4 posted 12-09-2011 05:29 PM

Excellent design and execution! I really appreciated your blog on the process. The only thing that I would change is your home page wihich describes your skill level “at dead sea level”, because you’re obviously not there anymore! :-)

Thanks for posting,

-- Cal Noguchi -

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#5 posted 12-10-2011 01:12 AM

That is really sharp, I like it

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#6 posted 12-10-2011 01:14 AM

Gorgeous and well executed! Its amazing how taking a little more time (not rushing) miraculously causes things to fit better! :-) Well done and look forward to future projects from you!

-- "...a band of small discoveries, strung like pearls on a thread of curiosity, lending richness to our work...." - James Krenov.......

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#7 posted 12-10-2011 01:14 PM

Two secrets discovered there, take your time and thinner materials. Well done, good lamp.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#8 posted 12-11-2011 04:21 AM

What a great lookin’ lantern!

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#9 posted 12-23-2011 07:37 PM

Great project , nicely made. Thanks for including your blog link : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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