Night Lights

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 10-25-2012 11:19 PM 2059 views 4 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife is into stained glass and occasionally I make some wood parts to support her projects. This time it is wood bases for night lights. The first ones were oak and these last nine are cherry. They are all stained with Zar 120 stain and finished with clear matte spray.

On this project and the wine bottle stopper racks where I have to drill a lot of holes with a Forstner bit, I have to be careful not to get any tear out in the bottom. I have come up with the following drilling method that prevents it:

I drill the hole to within 1/8” of the bottom:

I flip it over and there is a tiny hole where the point poked through:

The Forstner bit will pick up the center from that poke hole and I drill till it breads through:

Then I just knock out the 1/8” plug and the hole is always clean on both ends

I thought maybe someone out there could use this method , too…..........Jim

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

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#1 posted 10-25-2012 11:48 PM

Pretty Night Lights Jim… Looks like you’re not the only one with serious skills in the house!!
(I’ve used that trick with Auger bits too, it works like a charm!!)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#2 posted 10-25-2012 11:59 PM

Probably the best if not the only way to insure a clean cut on both sides. I too have used this technique.
You and your wife are both talented “fer sure”! ;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#3 posted 10-26-2012 12:18 AM


I don’t think I have ever seen anything quite like that before!

Looks great!

I’ll bet she sells a bunch of those!!

Jim, you did your part very well too! LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#4 posted 10-26-2012 12:28 AM

Love the bases Jim, but boy O boy can your wife ever do the stained glass thing !
You two make a great team !

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#5 posted 10-26-2012 01:08 AM

Jim, it is great when your spouse and yourself can work together on a project and this one was a handsome project to say the least. Your wife is very talented with the stained glass diffusers. I appreciate you showing us some great ideas…

Thanks for sharing!!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#6 posted 10-26-2012 01:52 AM

Thanks for the tip on drilling a clean hole.

Your wifes stained glass is very pretty. She is very good. You both compliment each other.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#7 posted 10-26-2012 02:21 AM

I am a fan of stained glass. Great collaborative project.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#8 posted 10-26-2012 02:54 AM

You two make a great team beautiful night lights/

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#9 posted 10-26-2012 04:11 AM

love the night lights

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#10 posted 10-26-2012 06:28 AM

Great combo Jim,
(so all’s revealed Jim, do you go to your lathe sometimes & find unexected / unexplained shavings & think #%^&*( how come) ::: )))))))
Aint it great when your better half is into crafts as well, My wife is a Quilter, makes you not worried about wasting time in the shed.
Nice one Mate

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#11 posted 10-26-2012 08:58 AM

G’day Jim, I usually use this method for drilling unless I spit the dummy. Congrats to your wife on fine glass turning, very nice and you bases are great also. Like Pete my wife is an quilter/embroiderer and I don’t go near her work place and she keeps out of my shed.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#12 posted 10-26-2012 10:32 AM

Tell your wife her glass work looks good. (I have been a stained glass artist for 30+yrs) I used to make these & they did fairly well at craft shows. When she gets to bigger pieces of glass, you can make her frames!!! Good collaboration.

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#13 posted 10-26-2012 10:52 AM

What a team you are Jim, those lights are BEAUTIFUL.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#14 posted 10-26-2012 11:13 AM

Nice work, I have always likedstained glass. My buddy’s wife in Michigan does this and it has always interested me. Great team work.

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

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#15 posted 10-26-2012 12:21 PM

You two have very nice hobbies.It’s beautiful when you can make project together with your wife.It looks awsome.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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