Stumpy’s Tubafore Contest Entry

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Project by mrg posted 915 days ago 1756 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 915 days ago

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 915 days ago

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 915 days ago

Nice plan “B”.....

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

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#4 posted 915 days ago

Nice looking lamp 2×4 or not.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 915 days ago

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

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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#6 posted 915 days ago

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 915 days ago

as a former tubafore jockey , i m totally impressed

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#8 posted 915 days ago

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 915 days ago

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 908 days ago

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 907 days ago

Nice job.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#12 posted 906 days ago

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 906 days ago

Nice work!

-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI

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