Table Lamp In Cocobolo

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Project by thedude50 posted 02-26-2012 10:46 AM 1817 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this from Cocobolo the wood is very hard and this lamp destroyed the cheep tools i had. This lamp is the main reason I replaced all my turning tools to a2 steel tools. They hold their edge so much better. Well any way the lamp kit was 12 dollars at lowes and this lamp is 6 years old now. the wood is very dark but when you take a photo of it the flash makes the grain stand out and it looks a dark brown. In normal lighting it is almost black now. It has a wonderful Patina. About it I used 80.129. 329. 600. 800. 1000. grit sand paper and then I burnished it with turning wax and buffed it for a long time. it has a glorious sheen and I wouldn’t do it any other way I really love doing these Freestyle turnings no plan accept in my head and fluid when the wood disagrees you do what you have to to make the spindle work. It is a lot more fun than doing a matched spindle with measurements and you have to make it exactly like the other spindles. You might as well use a lathe copier. I do good copy’s but this is where the fun is freestyle. I hope you like the lamp and now go make your self one. You can do it with scraps and a 12 dollar lamp kit the shades aren’t cheep but you can get them anywhere for any price. Cheers. The Dude

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#1 posted 02-26-2012 01:30 PM

Beautiful work Dude.
It gives the room a warm, peaceful aura.

#2 posted 02-26-2012 01:53 PM

Very impressive !!!


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#3 posted 02-26-2012 01:55 PM

Nice lamp.

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#4 posted 02-26-2012 03:11 PM

Nice lamp, cocobolo was a good choice to, really pops.

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#5 posted 02-26-2012 05:04 PM

Super looking lamp ,nice work.

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#6 posted 02-26-2012 05:54 PM

Another good one. Lets put some light on the subject. like the shade to.

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#7 posted 02-27-2012 01:29 AM

Very nice Lance! The grain really does stand out in the picture. Looks like it has aged well over the last 6 years.

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#8 posted 02-27-2012 06:26 AM

thanks I think I will try to do a bowl in this wood it is a real blast but i lost the power cord for my Trend helmet and it has to be worn cause cocobolo makes me dizzy

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#9 posted 02-27-2012 04:34 PM

Hey Dude, that is one beautiful lamp!!

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#10 posted 02-29-2012 06:38 AM

thanks jim i like the way it turner out too one of my favorite lathe projects are lamps they are fun to do because i just let the wood speak to me

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#11 posted 03-08-2012 01:07 AM

Nice looking lamp, Dude.

Careful not to loose it when you are working on the Cocobolo, my friend.


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#12 posted 03-08-2012 01:50 AM

ya i am always careful respirator cord is on its way

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