colonial lantern

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Project by knotnow posted 03-31-2013 06:28 PM 2851 views 12 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another primitive item, a simple lantern. Made of #2 pine and stained Red Mahogany with a copper hood. I have not built a wood steamer yet so I had to cut 1/16th by 1/2 inch strips and clue them up on a jig to get my curve handle and I had some glass lying around so I cut my own pieces for the sides and door. I turned the knob and candle holder also from the same pine and made butterfly hinges out of some regular small brass hinges. Gives a off a nice glow when we use it.

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#1 posted 03-31-2013 08:04 PM

Now this is nice. I just have to favorite this. I see a lot of potential with this design. Beautiful work, and my wife loves this primitive style.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#2 posted 04-01-2013 12:28 AM

Very nice lantern. now was it one if by sea and two if by land ? I guess I had better build one myself.

-- Wood is a zen like experiance.

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#3 posted 04-01-2013 12:43 AM

Nice lantern and nice looking and functional joinery. What is the dimension? Just curious. What is the scoop like thing at the backgrond of the photo?

-- Byung Soo Kim, Seoul, S.Korea

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#4 posted 04-01-2013 01:20 AM

The lantern is 6 inches square and about 16 1/2 inches tall to the top of the handle. The scoop on the wall is a primitive like grain scoop made into a light switch cover. Just something to try, it’s not where I actually want it to be but I’m remodeling my house so I just stuck it up. I want a dark switch to blend in with the dark wood. I’ve made several including a 3 switch cover and one that my daughter wanted in her room that is just the scoop painted zebra with a heart cutout and a heart turned on the bottom of the hanle. He puts her cell phone in it at night, it’s about the same size as the 3 switch scoop. I’ll post a couple of pictures of all the small items I made, they were fun and everybody seems to like them.

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#5 posted 04-01-2013 01:22 PM

Very nice looking candle latern! You did well!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#6 posted 04-01-2013 01:25 PM

Did you copy an antique or find this in a book? This is done very well and looks great.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 04-01-2013 11:37 PM

I found the plans in a book from the library. It had enough good ideas in it that I found the book on an auction site and just bought the book for myself so that I always have it. In fact, I’ve done that with many books so I’m good with many a projects of the Early American and Shaker styles that I like. I also bought some books with more contemporary styling and toys for children. The book with this particular project is titled 52 Country Projects for the Weekend Woodworker authored by John A. Nelson. But I warn you, I have found mistakes in the numbers from this author that don’t add up and have had to make adjustments accordingly.

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#8 posted 04-02-2013 12:21 AM

Oh wow! I was looking at the lantern so much I didn’t even see the light switch cover! Two awesome projects in one! Now that I see it, both projects are super nice.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#9 posted 04-03-2013 04:49 PM

Like the primitive look and all the details of your amazing lantern. Beautiful wood and great build on it. Very creative and impressive!

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