|Project by tyskkvinna||posted 02-14-2012 01:17 AM||1237 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
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.