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Project by KnickKnack posted 01-28-2012 03:08 PM 1717 views 11 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I enjoyed making the last lamp, and I bought several different sheets of interesting hand-made paper a while back, so I thought I’d give it another go – and this is the result. Nothing whatsoever like the drawing I made, as usual, but things in real life just don’t look the same as they do in my head.

My wife would describe this as something we don't need.

Some of this worked, and some of it didn’t.
I fumed the oak before I cut the rounded edges onto it – the idea was to try and get some kind of “fade” from the darkened wood to “normal” wood. Ought to have worked. Simply didn’t. Seems like the ammonia had gone in a lot further than I thought. In other bits I’ve done, when I was not aiming for this effect, all you had to do was show the sandpaper to the wood and it lost the black – when I wanted that to happen – zip. Go figure! I’d also hoped for a little more “action” on the oak end-grain, but that didn’t happen either. Sigh.
Still – I quite like the architectural sort of shape it has, although, that said, I think it might have looked better 3-sides and on the wall – but we have no lamps on walls (lucky to have any lamps at all) so that was a non-starter.

One of the hardest parts was actually putting in the paper – I think I missed my vocation as a key-hole surgeon!

Someone on another thread said that no-one posted construction pictures anymore, so here’s how it went…

Cutting the 45° slots in the oak with the magic jig…

A trial fit to see how it’s going – originally it was going to be flush at the top…

Cut the slots with the round bit, then a through and through…

Apply stain – not as carefully as one should have…

But it’s OK – sand and scrape to get it clean…

Another trial fit to work out what to do about the sharp edges At this point flush-top had gone, but I was going to cut angles to make pointy legs and top…

Attach the small pieces to a 90° jig so there’s something substantial to hold…

I glued the 4 vertical pieces to 2 oak blocks each, then, when they were cooked, I put it all together…

Originally it was all going to just have the white paper with flecks, but the black paper on the cutout strips looked good so I went with that instead.

Fumed oak and beech. Linseed oil finish. 18cm x 42cm.

Any comments, good bad or funny – most welcome

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."





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#1 posted 01-28-2012 03:38 PM

If you were to make another of this fine lamp and place both beside your bed then you will have cat proof bedside tables with no further effort. For I know that cats live in deathly fear of vertical slots and fumed oak, scared in kittenhood they were.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#2 posted 01-28-2012 04:43 PM

Very cool lamp and nice details of the build.

Although for some strange reason, the dark spots on the paper looked like dead bugs at first. ;-)

Great job!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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#3 posted 01-28-2012 04:59 PM

Nice work, looks great! You always need more lamps right? LOL

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 01-28-2012 05:57 PM

That is very cool! Been thinking about building a lamp (my wife puts that in the “something we need” category, so I’m taking forever to get around to it!), and on the lookout for the right design. Did you purchase actual lamp-shade material, or use something else?

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#5 posted 01-28-2012 06:01 PM

A unique lamp ,thanks for the photos.

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#6 posted 01-28-2012 07:16 PM

Love it, great design well executed

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#7 posted 01-28-2012 07:37 PM

…and place both beside your bed then you will have cat proof bedside tables with no further effort. For I know that cats live in deathly fear of vertical slots and fumed oak, scared in kittenhood they were.
:-)
I will try that and report back – I’m not sure that kind of voodoo works on portuguese cats, but you never know.

Did you purchase actual lamp-shade material, or use something else?
No – it’s just hand-made paper – I found several different kinds in a large stationers in Lisbon – the sheets are about A2 and cost me between 90 eurocents and about 2 euros a piece. It’s got a 11W low energy (yellow version of white) light bulb in it, so it really barely gets warm.

Although for some strange reason, the dark spots on the paper looked like dead bugs at first
Cross my heart absolutely no bugs were harmed in the creation of this lamp.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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