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Blog series by scottb updated 2654 days ago 4 parts 3829 reads 21 comments total

Part 1: Finding some legs to stand on.

2724 days ago by scottb | 4 comments »

Quick update after such a long (long) break from this project. As previously blogged elsewhere, the lamp will indeed be made from a single piece of lilac with the lower portion divided into three legs straddling a stone. Took months of on-and-off pondering, and some brainstorming, but now, having worked out the next few challenging steps, I can put the “lamp back on!” Today I took my Dremel to the cracks and splits on one end (after finally deciding which end was up) and...

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Part 2: Breakthrough!

2710 days ago by scottb | 8 comments »

Last time I merely defined the legs (or let the crack and grain define them for me), twists and all. Today, armed with some new attachements for the Dremel I cut two channels clean on though to the middle, “freeing” one leg, and nearly completeing the third channel to free the other two. Apart from the wood on the surface, this is some nice, hard wood, and was putting up quite a fight, so this is the progress so far. The Dremel was starting to heat up, and I think I’ll need ...

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Part 3: Tripod all in a twist

2690 days ago by scottb | 2 comments »

Having successfully burned out my Dremel, I went for the cordless drill as well as my chisels. Judging by the amount of wood i still had to go through, I’d have likely killed another dremel in the process! I guess they are made for lots of different jobs, not so much hogging off wood for extended periods. I’ll definately be looking into those carving tools Dick suggested. Didn’t take too long to get all three legs liberated from each other, was tricky with the “can...

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Part 4: steambending box

2654 days ago by scottb | 7 comments »

Been so caught up in my boxmaking, I figured I’d better get this box built, so I can go onto the next step when I”m ready… This will be the “steam chamber” to let me stretch the legs a bit. Just needs the doors, a rack, and some steam (lots of steam).

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