Plywood Dodecahedron Lamp

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Project by Gerben posted 599 days ago 1918 views 10 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Lamp made from plywood. Sorry about the photos. It’s quite difficult getting a good picture, when photographing into the light.

I first glued to pieces of birch-plywood on top of each other to get 18mm. I then made a 5-sided cylinder.
I then created “slices” from it using the tablesaw. I could find a way to create perfectly flat slices. I used several jigs. But there was always a slight mis-alignment between the sides. I ended up just eyeballing it, which worked out okay. In my prototype, I had the grain of the top layer oriented the other way, which resulted in quite a lot of tear-out.
You could see the mis-aligments, but barely feel them. After some sanding they were gone.
I sloped the sides of the slices by putting it around a five-sided piece of MDF I screwed onto a table-sled. After sawing all 60 sides, I had to put it all together.
I first glued them up in groups of 3. The glued those in pairs, and finally put the two pieces together. Not perfect, but damn close. I had expected worse, since having 12 sides, a slightly wrong angle and you end up with some gaps.

The ceiling cover (what do you call that in english?) is also made with plywood. I made it five-sided, to keep the theme. I calculated the angles using the table provided on

Finished with furniture-oil, as it accentuates the layers in the plywood the most. I filled in the spaces using white plastic from those tabs used in folders. I still want to wrap the electrical wire in a braided sleeve.

I really like the end-result. It’s like a glowing orb floating above my coffee-table.

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aviad mishaeli
Thank you guys

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#1 posted 599 days ago

Wow that’s great ,fantastic job

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 599 days ago

Boom!!!!! You hit this one out of the park. Great project love it!

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

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#3 posted 599 days ago

Very well done. Looks great.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#4 posted 599 days ago

Looks really well done and great looking too Aviad.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 598 days ago

That must have been very challenging, nice work

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#6 posted 598 days ago

Very nicely executed.

The Plys make a great contrast accent.

Quite impressive. Thanks for sharing. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#7 posted 598 days ago

Joints like that have brought grown men to there knees with a face full of tears. Awesome job.

-- Have a great day.

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#8 posted 377 days ago

nice work. the plywood layering gives this a nice character.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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