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Forum topic by richardchaos posted 06-06-2017 10:33 AM 778 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-06-2017 10:33 AM

I need to make a few HALF SPHERES for project. About 4-5 inches across out of pYellow Pine, without buying a lathe… Any suggestions


The top half sphere/dome onto of the light fixture! I made this one freehand but its not perfect@

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#1 posted 06-06-2017 10:45 AM

You want the new, pine spheres for light fixtures? You can use wood for light fixtures, but for the piece that holds the socket, it’s not a good idea. Fire hazard. Be careful.

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#2 posted 06-06-2017 11:13 AM

I’m making a steampunk lamp out of an old blowtorch. Can’t believe how expensive keyless sockets and wire and plugs and inline switches and stuff has become.

There MUST be some kind of metal bowl or gauge housing you could use for that part.

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#3 posted 06-06-2017 11:53 AM

I find that the cheapest way to get a complete setup for a lamp is to simply go into a thrift store and buy an ugly lamp they cannot sell for about $2. Or at a garage sale.
As long as it is not tarnished, and works well, you get the socket, cord, all of it.

By the way, if you guys are selling these lamps with no UL approval, if they ever get hot, set something on fire, burn someone, you are liable. I found this out from my gallery when they put in a line of lamps from another artist, and their insurance group made them take them out since they did not have the UL approval sticker.
And to make it worse, each individual design has to have its own sticker.

On the other hand, if you are making them for friends, yourself, or a gift, the approval is not mandatory. I know there are a lot of people out there selling homemade lamps, at fairs and festivals, but they are all taking one heck of a chance.

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