Shoiji Style Lamps

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Project by SPHinTampa posted 05-10-2013 10:43 PM 2373 views 36 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Japanese style lamps made using poplar and 6mm Shoiji rice paper.

Construction details:
- Lap joints and dados cut using 1/4’ down cut spiral router bit
- Table edge and round over bits using to form lid
- Entire project made from poplar reclaimed from previous project
- Finished using paste wax
- Plans from “Making Japanese Style Lamps”

I posted a blog of it’s construction here.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#1 posted 05-10-2013 11:25 PM

Fantastic! They look terrific, I have the same book and I am hoping to find the time to make one this summer, your blog will be a great resource for me!

Great work.

-- Brian

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#2 posted 05-10-2013 11:32 PM

nice build

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#3 posted 05-11-2013 12:26 AM

Those are kool. Nice lights for anywhere.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#4 posted 05-11-2013 01:23 AM

Really nice design. Good work

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#5 posted 05-11-2013 01:27 AM

These are way cool Shawn.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 05-11-2013 01:35 AM

Very nice Shawn.

-- Eric down in sunny Florida.

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#7 posted 05-11-2013 01:52 AM

Those are great. where do you get the rice paper? Is it homemade?

-- - Greetings from Brazil - --

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#8 posted 05-11-2013 03:35 AM


-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#9 posted 05-11-2013 12:29 PM


-- Joel

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#10 posted 05-12-2013 02:27 AM

Very nice Shoiji lamps! I’m thinking of building one of these myself, and your blog is going to be a great help!

-- Dean

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#11 posted 05-13-2013 01:36 PM


I bought the rice paper on Amazon … there are a lot of suppliers. I just looked up Shoiji paper.

I see a lot of Thai Marbled paper that is quite colorful as well … I may try that next time.


-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#12 posted 05-13-2013 01:42 PM

These are really nice and are beautiful when lit up like that.

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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