Stumpy’s Tubafore Contest Entry

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Project by mrg posted 01-22-2012 04:42 AM 2148 views 12 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK so this project had started off as something else beside this lamp but the tubafore was not cooperating.

I had started by cutting a section of the 2×4 and hand planing one face and side nice and flat and then ran it through my planer. After doing that I had re-sawed and glued up to make panels for a box. Upon gluing up the panel twisted. So we opted for plan b.

I had another idea for a lamp and decided to execute it free form since I knew that this board was twisted. I just let the wood dictate how the build would go and this is what I came up with on the fly.

The 1st two pictures are of the finished lamp with a candle in it. Pic 3 is being painted. Pic 4 is the plastic sheets before being colored. Pic 5 is gluing up and pic 6 is the tubafore off the shelf.

This was a great challenge and was not as easy as one would think.


-- mrg

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#1 posted 01-22-2012 04:49 AM

A great idea from a 2×4. I hear ya about them someimes not doing what they are told.

I have been planning to make a small lamp like this for a while now. How did you color the plastic inserts and what type of plastic did you use?


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#2 posted 01-22-2012 04:52 AM

great build

and a good save too

a winner for sure

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 01-22-2012 05:12 AM

Nice plan “B”.....

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#4 posted 01-22-2012 05:12 AM

Nice looking lamp 2×4 or not.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 01-22-2012 05:14 AM

Wonderful job – even more so since you had to make a change of plans.

-- “It was they who were wrong, and for them here's a song.” ― I. Anderson

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#6 posted 01-22-2012 05:19 AM

Turn the lights on I can’t see it.
A great entry. And well done!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#7 posted 01-22-2012 05:27 AM

as a former tubafore jockey , i m totally impressed

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#8 posted 01-22-2012 05:38 AM

clieb91 the plastic coloring was plan b of plan b. It is regular 1/8” plastic from the Hobby Lobby. I was originally going to use stained glass paint on it but it looked horrible. So for the contest to finish it I used tissue paper.

patron thanks. I like your rails also that should win for best use of a tubafore.

And thanks everyone for the nice comments.

-- mrg

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#9 posted 01-22-2012 05:50 AM

Nice job!!!!!.............Jim

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

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#10 posted 01-29-2012 08:12 PM

I love this entry and the oriental feel is nice. I had a great time. Thank you.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#11 posted 01-30-2012 06:31 PM

Nice job.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#12 posted 01-30-2012 11:01 PM

Hey guys thank you for the encouraging comments. This contest was a lot of fun. I have to say this site has a great bunch of people and is by far my favorite woodworking site.

-- mrg

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#13 posted 01-31-2012 06:15 PM

Nice work!

-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI

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