Two Candles for my first Anniversary

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Project by MarkTheFiddler posted 06-01-2013 03:14 AM 1726 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wow – It’s been one of my favorite years. I’m doing things I never thought were possible for me. Without the help of my friends here at lumberjocks – well – I’d still think those things were impossible.

Thank you all so very much!

Main body of lamps is Jatoba. Edges are Bubinga. Except for the lighting hardware, no fasteners were used although I was VERY tempted to pull out the pin nailer.

I had lots of issues with miter saw accuracy. I’ve had enough problems such that I’m building jigs for my next project. My miter saws will be kept to do household trim. My table saw will do my fine cutting from now on.

Last thing, I’m not sure I want to leave the dullish tung oil finish as is. If you have a suggestion for me. I’d be glad to give it a go. I already have 5 coats of hand rubbed tung oil. Although my muscles are getting a little stronger, I’m not pulling the beautiful depth out of the wood.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#1 posted 06-01-2013 03:20 AM

Just thought I’d add a link to my Blog for these lamps. You can follow some of the battle that should have never been.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#3 posted 06-01-2013 05:13 AM

They are just incredible!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 06-01-2013 11:51 AM

Beautiful lamps!!!!!!!!!

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

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#5 posted 06-01-2013 01:20 PM

These are very attractive and I like the design.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 06-01-2013 01:37 PM

Mark, Those are very Nice!
I like that design!

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#7 posted 06-01-2013 02:04 PM


Congratulations on your 1st year as a LumberJock.

You’ve posted some beautiful and challanging pieces this year, here and on the Refurber’s site.

If you are looking for a finish beyond the oil finish you have on your Lamps, you can use an oil based or waterborne finish, providing that the oil has had a chance to ‘cure’ into the wood.

IMO, when the scent of the oil has dissipated, I consider it safe to apply a waterborne finish. I prefer to build layered coats of the finish using a gloss finish, sanding between coats, and if you are looking for a satin or matt finish, apply it as a final coat, as these contain flakes of ‘flattening’ agents to subdue the gloss affect and several coats of this will cloud the grain from showing through.
You can also use all gloss coats and hand rub the final finish with synthetic steel wool to acheive the luster you prefer.

There are many finishing techniques disscussed in some Great Blogs here on LJs that you can refer to for the more definitive finishing techniques.

Enjoyed following your project builds this last year and am looking forward to your work in the coming years.

Best Regards. – Len

Work Safely and Have Fun.

-- 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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#8 posted 06-01-2013 04:56 PM

Thank you very much guys! They are not perfect but my eyes are not drawn to anything that bothers me.

I’ve got to tell you all that the best part of my projects is due to you all. Now, I have been steered in the wrong direction a time or 2 but you begin to know who to really pay attention to. A fledgling like me, may know a lot of good things but only at a high level. It’s those nuances of knowledge and experience that make the difference.

Sometimes the great information comes from someone who has just been down the same path as a beginner. They may not know everything but what is sharp in their minds are the beginner’s pitfalls. That’s always valuable information.

Sometimes it’s about the years of experience that puts the finer touch on projects. The information is over my head at times because I’m not knowledgeable enough to distinguish between the granularity of what I see and what the master sees. It’s not fun to kick myself after I have plowed on through but my understanding is crystalized by those errors and knowledge of the right way. Best of all is when I get it and I can make it happen right the first time. I thank God for putting you all in my life when I look at something I did and it is a thing of beauty.

Humbly yours,


I’ll give the finish a little time to grow on me and cure. However, I have in mind that I want to try general finishes poly acrylic semi-gloss. Does that sound ok to you? Thank you so much my friend.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#9 posted 06-01-2013 07:11 PM


I have no experience with General’s poly acrylic finishes but, I have read posts from some of the LJs here that have and they have not reported any negative reviews.

Maybe one of them will offer some insight.

Best Regards. – 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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#10 posted 06-02-2013 03:16 AM

the miter saw problem you are having is probably the same as my issue. it happens when force is applied to the saw at the handle. it shifts the saw slightly. the 2 rods for the slides are not cast iron and will bend slightly. you have to give it a light touch when pulling the saw down when it is at the 45 degree slant. you have to go with the angle but the tendency is to pull straight down and ths shifts the saw a little bit. enough so that it throws off the miter.

-- Wood is a zen like experiance.

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#11 posted 06-03-2013 06:40 AM

Thanks Len,

I’ve used that poly before. Not bad at all. Just curious if you had a winning poly you prefer to use.


That’s a great tip. I have had the exact problem you described. I have a tendency to go rather slow on the miter to avoid the majority of the drag or even the blade twisting. I have done much cutting in that saw that I warped the fence. The angle for a short cut was different that the angle for the longer cuts. It’s because the fence now has a bow in it due to all the force of cutting the wood and pulling the wood against the fence.

Thanks for weighing in!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#12 posted 01-26-2014 01:56 AM

Hang in there

That looks really nice

photography is a skill, sweet pic

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