|Project by HamS||posted 01-02-2012 04:10 PM||2004 views||4 times favorited||3 comments|
My wife has had these bubble lights since the middle 70’s. They have survived two tours in Germany and eleven different moves. I thought they needed a better display then to just clip them on the tree. The wood is Indiana walnut salvaged from trees cut for a road widening right by our place, oak cut from my dad’s place in New York state, and something that was in my Granddad’s shop. I am not sure but I think it might be a mahogany of some sort. It is relatively soft (compared to the walnut), splintery, but planes beautifully smooth. I had thought the boards were cherry that had aged, but when I planed it I was certain it is not cherry. The boards I have are 2×3 about 30” long. I suspect they were dunnage or something similar based on the size.
The piece is finished by wet sanding with 320 wet-dry paper lubricated w/ ‘Antique Oil’ flooded on the surface. Three or four flooding and sandings which make a kind of filler that smoothes the walnut. Then three coats of wip on poly after that.
The holes for the lamp sockets are a 3/4 ’ and a 1/4” then dressed up with a chisel and chamfered with a router. I have been searching the net for C9 sockets without the little clips so I can make this a bit more stable.
-- My mother named me Hamilton, I have been trying to earn my nickname ever since.