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Project by HamS posted 01-02-2012 04:10 PM 1708 views 4 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.





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#1 posted 01-02-2012 05:13 PM

Nice display and it is amazing the stories woodworkers have about where their wood comes from. I love bubble lights. Reminds me Christmas when I was a kid.

-- Garyb6, “True simplicity does not reveal the tremendous effort it requires.” - Somerset Maugham

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#2 posted 01-02-2012 06:18 PM

Funny I just bought 4 sets of those bubble lights for my tree. What a great idea for a display. Very nice.

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#3 posted 01-03-2012 02:40 AM

Great idea well done.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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