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Light fixture- spalted maple, mason jars, squirrel cage bulbs

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Project by Seles23 posted 478 days ago 1734 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife had seen these fixtures on Pinterest etc. and wanted one for Christmas. A quick check online fed back prices in the $400 range, I thought I could make one myself for at least a little less. I found a sawmill here in the city that mills municipal felled trees and I picked up a couple 1×12x36 spalted maple planks for $10. Another $120 for the mason jars, pendant sockets and and squirrel cage bulbs. Well worth all the effort.





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Rustic

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#1 posted 478 days ago

neat idea

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#2 posted 478 days ago

I like it. At first I thought them ‘r some expensive mason jars but I’m guessing 8 squirrel cage bulbs made up the bulk of the expense.

Are you having any issues with heat build up because the jars are sealed?

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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Seles23

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#3 posted 478 days ago

yeah those bulbs are very expensive. Hoping my wife won’t notice when I swap them with cheaper bulbs when they burn out. I haven’t vented the jars and your the second person today to ask, so I’ll be venting those this weekend.

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#4 posted 478 days ago

That’s pretty awesome! I love the creativity.

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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#5 posted 477 days ago

Cool Idea!

-- Dave in Minnesota - If it ain't broke, improve it!

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#6 posted 477 days ago

I had to look up squirrel cage bulbs to find out what they were, am not quite old enough to remember them,
they would add to the antique authenticity, but the cost would definitely be a factor. Definitely a very nice
fixture. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 477 days ago

Nice work – I am actually in the process of making a very similar fixture. Same sort of thing – saw them online for ridiculous prices, thought ‘I can build that’! How did you secure it to the ceiling? I’ve got a t&g cedar ceiling so I’m going to use some hanger bolts and then thread some decorative caps on the machine screw side. How’s the light output? We’re going to be using about 12 30w bulbs in ours… Thanks for the post!

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Seles23

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#8 posted 477 days ago

Thanks! The bulbs are 60w and while I was concerned about output they are actually great. That said I recently put wainscoting in semi gloss white. 12 30w bulbs could be great. I just don’t know. Though you cant tell in the attached images the squirrel cage can still be seen. 30w bulbs may have an even better effect.

I attached a couple 1×1x13 cleats to the ceiling and attached the box part to them. I had high hopes of attaching to the ceiling with no hardware showing but I gave up on that. I used 4 black drywall screws and I think that while the do show they go well with the spalting and accidental saw mark. Win some lose some I guess.

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glen

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#9 posted 466 days ago

cool – thanks for the reply. I’ll post mine once it’s done… Got a few projects ahead of it in the queue. Cheers!

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