Mid century inspired lamp.

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Project by jcsterling posted 10-10-2013 04:09 PM 2081 views 23 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For years the wood used in this lamp was tramped upon and driven over. I rescued this former barn flooring and have had it squirreled away for many years waiting for special projects. the color is wonderful and the wood polishes like no cherry I have used before.

As for the lamp itself….the design is mid century and the build is mortise and tenon joinery. it has a six sided center post and a handmade shade (not by me) with leaves embedded in the paper.

hope you like it and no it cannot be used as a paper towel holder :)

Edit: added a photo of the prototype lamp done in mahogany for you to see center post.
edit 2: added a photo of walnut lamp with burlap shade.

-- John , Central PA , on facebook:!/pages/JC-Sterling-fine-furniture/104430802928776

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#1 posted 10-10-2013 04:25 PM

Very nice work as well.

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#2 posted 10-10-2013 04:26 PM

Nice. Have another views? More pics of the center, up an down sides?

Edit: Thanks for new photo! Looks nice. Which finish use?

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#3 posted 10-10-2013 04:51 PM

Nice job!

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#4 posted 10-10-2013 08:37 PM

Was wondering if you had any more info on the lamp shade from the person who made it? I’m also making a lamp and the lamp shade is the part I’m having the most difficulty figuring out.

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#5 posted 10-10-2013 08:48 PM

dang john, i thought it was the most beautiful looking trash receptacle i had ever seen, then you had to go and ruin it, but as soon as i saw the shop, i thought, this is great, now he will have more light to see what needs cleaning…LOL…Its a beautiful lamp, what is the shade made from, and i bet you have been just waiting to get into that cherry, what fun it is to get into some beautiful wood you yourself have salvaged…

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#6 posted 10-10-2013 09:27 PM

Nice design and build.

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#7 posted 10-10-2013 10:10 PM

Great design it looks as if the effect with light would be
wonderful. Very nice finish.


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#8 posted 10-10-2013 10:34 PM

John you always have very interesting pieces and fine workmanship.Love this look ,great job.

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#9 posted 10-10-2013 11:08 PM

Great design!

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#10 posted 10-11-2013 03:59 AM

Looks great!

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#11 posted 10-11-2013 10:34 AM

Nice design. Please add a photo with the lamp on. I am sure it looks great,

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#12 posted 10-11-2013 04:11 PM

I love the mid-century style, this looks great.

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#13 posted 10-12-2013 09:29 PM

Beautiful build.


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#15 posted 10-14-2013 02:35 PM

Very pretty lamp! Like the unique stand, very well made. The shade is cool with those leaves. Great job!

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