|Project by Jim Jakosh||posted 03-02-2014 03:09 AM||1179 views||0 times favorited||26 comments|
This floor lamp is finally done!! One month in the making. The shade is a stained glass Tiffany style lamp called Saguaro Sunset that was built by my wife and the lamp is made from a slice of a big pistachio tree for the base and a small pistachio tree for the post. I carved more than an inch off the diameter of the tree to get to the heart wood. It is filled with black epoxy and ground turquoise. The epoxy is colored with a few drops of black Tester’s model paint. This works very well!!!!!!!!!!!!
The first thing I did on this post was to drill a hole through the center for the cord. Drilling from the bottom, I had the clamps come loose and the drill broke off when the tree flipped on the floor. I got the drill out and had it re welded into the tube that I used and drilled up 39” from the bottom. The post is 50” long and the drill was 39” so I had to comedown 11” from the top . The first 3 attempts came out the side of the tree because of the curve- I could not hit that first hole!! On the 4th try the drill grabbed when it hit a void and broke off about 9” into the tree. The bit is still in there. I managed to link the top and bottom holes and made a long wire cavity with a Dremel and then made a curved repair insert from some of the tree wood that I cut off the top.
To get the fit I wanted for the final post, the bottom of the tree is actually the top of the post. The flare on the bottom is where a branch was growing out of it
The post has a 1 1/4” dowel fitted into the bottom that is glued into the base along with 3 – 4” screws. The cord comes out the back into that open area in the base so the base does not sit on it.
The last 2 shots are of the rough base piece and the tree trunk as I bought them from Dead Tree Salvage here is Casa Grande.
It is finished with many coats of clear gloss lacquer.
-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!