Cherry Lamp

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Project by tyskkvinna posted 02-14-2012 01:17 AM 1592 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I turned this cherry lamp fairly recently. I just finished it over the weekend (drilled out the centre and attached the actual lamp mechanism).

The lumber was this log a friend of mine found in the course of his workday (he repairs powerlines) and he is also a woodworker. He took it home and kept it in his backyard for “who knows how long” and a few months ago when I was visiting him, he loaded up our truck with some fun lumber. This was one of the pieces.

The crack that you see in the side was there before I turned anything. I kept on plowing through because I figured if it survived, it’d be pretty. It’s fine, structurally, even after drilling out the centre and waiting a couple of weeks.

It’s 24” tall from the bottom to the top of the light fixture; the lampshade is not included in that. I guess the diametre is somewhere between 4-6”. Or so. I forget precisely.

For the curious, I did turn this on my CNC lathe, using CNC methods. (You can turn by hand on it, like a traditional metal lathe, if you really wanted to… or like a traditional wood lathe if you PARTICULARLY want to.) It’s basically the largest thing I can put in it and still turn automated.

After it was done I sanded it with 600-1500 for a few minutes and applied friction polish. Tada!

Wanted to share. I’ve had a lot of people ask me what the finish is like on my CNC turning, so here you go.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#1 posted 02-14-2012 02:04 AM

I like it… and you do know the chevron pattern is all in vogue these days…

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Clint Searl

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#2 posted 02-14-2012 02:26 AM

How did you drill out the center?

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#3 posted 02-14-2012 02:37 AM

I had a buddy hold it and I had a very long drill. :)

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#4 posted 02-14-2012 04:15 PM

very nice lamp. i love all the curvy lines.

-- >> my shop teacher used to say "do the best at everything you make for your mom because you're going to see it for the rest of your life!" <<

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#5 posted 02-14-2012 08:50 PM

this is one hunk-a-hunk-a Cherry. and that had to be one long drill bit. :) I do like the smooth, flowing curves. very nice lamp

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 02-22-2012 04:44 AM

Nice tall lamp, Liz! I have a 30” long drill if you ever need it!

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

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