Hinged Obelisk Light

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 12-25-2011 04:06 PM 1856 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is something I wanted to try with an obelisk and had to cut up a whole beech log to do it. I needed a 4×4x8 piece and barley got one 3 5/8” square. The ants had eaten the center and it had some full length cracks but I used all of the good wood to make this piece.

I cut one side, then I milled out a pocket for the hinge. I cut the hinge out of piece from the first cut and had to split it to install the pin and glue it back together. I then glued in the hinge to attach the pieces together again. Next I installed two brass bushings and transferred their locations to the top and Install two brass pins. These serve to keep in aligned for all the next cuts and after it is in use- it kind of locks it together. I bored the hole in the bottom for the candle and in the top for the brass reflector.
Then I made the next three cuts and sanded the exterior and shaped the hinge a bit to blend in with the back.
It makes a nice light in a dark room.
It is finished with Clear matte spray

Here is a blog on the build process:

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 12-25-2011 04:10 PM

nice job,like the grain pattern.

-- Paul

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#2 posted 12-25-2011 04:36 PM

Great looking grain. The hinge blends in pretty good too. Very nice project. Where’s the secret compartment for the matches? :)

Merry Christmas Jim!

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

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#3 posted 12-25-2011 04:58 PM

This is a very nice project, great idea.

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#4 posted 12-25-2011 10:11 PM

You have certainly moved this design along another notch Jim, love that hinge & thoese locating pins very nice job :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 12-25-2011 10:12 PM

Very nice, you are so good at making these!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#6 posted 12-26-2011 01:18 AM

One very nice piece Jim. I like the concept.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 12-26-2011 02:21 AM

Another beauty Jim, your sure making a specialty of the Obelkisk projects. Love the look of that wood.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#8 posted 12-26-2011 07:38 AM

The oblisk is outstanding. The grain is just gorgious.
You idea is very unique and it turned out great.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#9 posted 12-26-2011 06:55 PM

This is such a great way to show off some beautiful wood. Nice design on the hinge!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 12-26-2011 06:55 PM

I like the hinge. I think its cool looking from the back. Pretty piece of wood.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#11 posted 12-27-2011 06:23 AM

great idea i think i see one in our living room in the future

-- bad projects make good firewood

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#12 posted 12-27-2011 10:45 PM

The details on this one is AMAZING.
Smiles my friend.
Best of my thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 01-08-2012 10:35 AM

When we returned from Egypt a year ago my wife said she wanted an obelisk in the back yard but hers, she wanted about 50’ high

-- Good, Better, Best--Never let it rest---Always make your Good be Better & your Better Best

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#14 posted 01-13-2012 01:27 AM

Hey, I’m in Casa Grande for the winter. I’llhelp you build one if you like! It may have to be from panels becasue a band saw that big would be out of the question!..........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 02-03-2012 07:06 AM

I missed this when you posted this – what an amazing project! I’ve never seen anything like it before!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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