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Project by yokel posted 01-13-2012 12:49 AM 4600 views 81 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are pretty much copies of the fantastic lamps Asher did: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/43529
Thanks, for posting yours.

The only changes were to the dimensions, i rounded the spaded legs & went with a beveled top. They are 14 1/2”x5 1/2”x5 1/2”. The hole at the top is 2 1/4”. I ended up @ 35 degrees for the under bevel, it gave me the shadow line i was looking for. I cut the feet with a 2 3/4” forstner bit in the drill press. The frames are 1 1/8” wide with mitered tenons. The grooves are 3/32”. The panels are 1/8”(actual thickness is 5/64”) acrylic with various veneers epoxied with system 3. I went with a 23 watt flourescent bulb(100 watt incandescent equivelent). FYI, i should have made the hole a bit larger as some brands 23 watt bulbs won’t fit, phillips brand fits perfect. Here are a couple of pics of my frankenlamp of test parts that should answer most of the joinery ?’s:
frankenlamp_1frankenlamp_2lamp_bottom

I did fifteen of these out of various woods & veneers. So i’ll make a few posts so others thinking about making something similar can benefit from my experimentation. I’m still working on the finish on the last 7, so it’ll be a bit before those get uploaded. I gave away 8 of them as xmas gifts, the rest are probably going to be sold. The finish on most of these is BLO & either amber or garnet shellac with a wax topcoat. I did two out of oak that are stained/dyed.

Photos:
1.Elm frame/Maple burl veneer – off
2.Elm frame/Maple burl veneer – on
3.Walnut frame/Birds eye maple veneer – off
4.Walnut frame/Birds eye maple veneer – on
5.Black limba frame/Eucalyptus burl veneer – off
6.Black limba frame/Eucalyptus burl veneer – on

Antaris panel:
antaris

Parts:
parts

Dimensions:
Rails: 4”(+ 1/2” tenons)x1 1/8”x5/8”
Legs: 13 3/4”(+ 1/2” tenons)x3/4”x3/4”
Tops: 7”x7”x3/4”
Panels: 8”x4 1/4”x3/32”
Groove depth: 1/8”
space between top rail & top: 2 1/4”
space between bottom rail & floor: 1 5/8”





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EarlS

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#1 posted 01-13-2012 03:58 AM

Very nice. I’ll bet the light coming through the panels is amazing. I’m not quite following how the panels work. Could you give a simple explanation for me?

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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woodcut

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#2 posted 01-13-2012 04:03 AM

Very well done! The dimension changes give it a very elegant look. I like the bead on the lower rail too. I think the walnut/birds eye one is my favorite. Thanks for sharing!
c

-- Carl, Iowa

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#3 posted 01-13-2012 04:53 AM

Wow! excellent job, these are stunning, Another project to add to my “to do” list. What’s your source on the electrical stuff?

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this http://www.melbrownfarmsupply.com"

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#4 posted 01-13-2012 05:15 AM

Wow, I am inspired. Is the light shine enough to read by?

-- It's just cutting, sanding, glueing & finishing!

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#5 posted 01-13-2012 06:42 AM

You make wonderful lamps with outstanding woods

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Wolffarmer

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#6 posted 01-13-2012 07:55 AM

Nice lamp factory you have going. I really like them

Randy

-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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yokel

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#7 posted 01-13-2012 08:22 AM

EarlS: the veneers are epoxied to 1/8th acrylic plexiglass. I added a photo of some antaris panels i was getting ready to glue up.

LukieB: My parts source was, http://www.mylampparts.com. Hope that was okay to post here. I believe the parts for each lamp minus the bulb were around $10 after shipping.

RonOh: You can read by them if your within 2-3ft, but it’s probably not the best on your eyes. I experimented with a couple of different size holes in the top for better reading. Didn’t like them enough to use ‘em. The glow through wasn’t tremendous & i felt they killed the design.

Thanks everyone for the kind words. They’re always appreciated.

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#8 posted 01-13-2012 03:34 PM

very nice job on this, it looks great. Do you have this in sketchup?

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#9 posted 01-13-2012 06:26 PM

I no longer have a decent slide of a Japanese style lamp I made for a show in the 90’s but I just wanted to pass along the potential for the use of thin Heart pine veneers sliced on a band saw to about a 16th of an inch thickness and chosen for sap content. Light through heart pine is gorgeous ! I found an inexhaustible supply of heart pine from a flooring installer who saved scraps for me. I also am fortunate to live near a bandsaw mill owner who resaws recycled heart pine beams into flooring and used to save really pitchy pieces for me . I should get in touch with him again. I enjoyed your pictures of the lamps you have so skillfully assembled and thank you for your post.

-- If it smells good, eat it ! The pig caught under the fence is the one doing all thesquealing

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Willeh

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#10 posted 01-13-2012 08:17 PM

Really loving the look of these lamps.. might be posting my copy of one in the near future!

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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#11 posted 01-13-2012 10:10 PM

Practise makes perfect, and these are as perfect as I could wish for,,, A fine example of fine woodworking.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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Mike

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#12 posted 01-14-2012 12:29 AM

Love these but I would replace the CFL’s with LED bulbs. No heat instant light and last a whole lot longer..

Wal Mart has some for around 7-12 bucks.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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LukieB

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#13 posted 01-14-2012 03:50 AM

Thank you so much, and again excellent job on these, they’re gorgeous.

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this http://www.melbrownfarmsupply.com"

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yokel

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#14 posted 01-15-2012 12:18 AM

konaman: No sketchup on this. I added some more complete dimensions to the post though.

Porchfish: Good idea. Another one i wanted to try was end grain oak. I’ve seen some lamps done with it. When sliced thin the open pores create i nice effect. I would have needed to get 18/4 or thicker without gluing up two pieces to try it though.

Mike: A good idea but cost prohibitive when your building several. You got a link on those. The only led’s I’ve seen in that price range are 3 watts outputting 90 lumens(not nearly enough light). Even the $30.00, 6 watt led they have only outputs 320 lumens. Compared to a $3.00, 23 watt cfl with 1600 lumens.

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