Radial Wave Lamp

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Project by johnhutchinson posted 12-22-2013 01:31 AM 1342 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few years after I made the rotary router jig for my scallop shell boxes, I saw a picture of a radial wave wall light by Barn Light Electric and had a EUREKA! moment—another use for the jig and yet another reason for a table lamp. For me they’re like clamps—I can never have too many. :)

I published the lamp with editor Tom Caspar for the current Dec/Jan 2014 issue of American Woodworker. The prototype reflector is ¾” Baltic birch plywood with 18 waves. The one that’s now sitting in the corner of my living room, however, has 24 waves and it was made with ½” ply.

Both of the reflectors were made with a 120-degree v-grooving bit

The original wasn’t broken, but I just had to go and fix it. I’m voting for the original with the deeper waves.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#1 posted 12-22-2013 02:06 AM

Totally unique.nice work.

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#2 posted 12-22-2013 02:13 AM

The first thing that went through my mind was unique. This is really cool and very artistic. Great job buddy

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#3 posted 12-22-2013 02:44 AM

I agree with Jim and hoss very unique and cool! I like your lamp!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#4 posted 12-22-2013 05:55 AM

This one is for the books. Totally awesome build. Great work with plywood.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 12-22-2013 06:03 AM

Very creative design. That jig has a lot of applications

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#6 posted 12-22-2013 06:52 AM

Totally cool John.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#7 posted 12-22-2013 09:21 AM

Great build. Great imagination.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 12-22-2013 11:30 AM

New one to me. Nice job.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#9 posted 12-22-2013 01:45 PM

I really like this one.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 12-22-2013 02:31 PM

super cool lamp
great imagination

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#11 posted 12-22-2013 02:42 PM

WOW! Now that is impressive!

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#12 posted 12-22-2013 02:58 PM

I don’t recommend this one as a relaxing project. The 24-wave lamp has a total of 48 v-grooves. Because I was reducing the plywood do 1/8”, I found myself praying on cut 47. Fortunately, the router gods were smiling that day. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#13 posted 12-22-2013 07:36 PM

Cool lamp. I searched around for info on your rotary router jig – ended up ordering the book from Amazon.

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#14 posted 12-22-2013 09:11 PM

I have the very same issue of American Woodworker! i have seen the plans for this lamp and already added it to the ever growing list of things I want to build.

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#15 posted 12-22-2013 11:58 PM

Very imaginative work.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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