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04-03-2014 09:21 PM

Wife wants me to make a couple of lamps like this for the night stands. What i’m wondering about, is how to make the sloped portion right above the shutter and below the shade. Any ideas? I’m considering just making it taper up toward the shade instead of sloping.

Thanks in advance

-- Gary

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#1 posted 04-03-2014 09:26 PM

Cove moulding in four pieces mitered together?

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#2 posted 04-03-2014 09:56 PM

Agree with yeti – - – can make the cove on the tablesaw. If the blade is vertical, you would get a symetrical curve.

But if you add tilt you can get that asymetric ellipsoida cut you are looking for.
The wood whisperer did a demo video on how to do the cove cuting.

For the width, you might need to do the shape in two ppieces, one for the sharply curved part and a second (bottom) that has a much flatter curve.

Set-up of the asymetric cove, starts at 11:00 minutes

then he used a cove angle calculator on FWW that tells angle of the blade and the set-up

Cut the cove in a longer piece of stock then cut it to your mitered lengths, and voila!!

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#3 posted 04-03-2014 10:26 PM

Thanks for the suggestion. Videos are blocked here at work, but I’ll definitely going to check it out when I get to the house. Googled it and looked at some topics pertaining to making cove moldings on the table saw. Pretty sure I can pull it off. Thanks again.

-- Gary

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#4 posted 04-04-2014 06:20 AM

Could also be sawed out on the bandsaw.

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#5 posted 04-04-2014 06:29 AM

^^ Probably be faster.

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#6 posted 04-05-2014 01:57 AM

Bandsaw was my first thought, but I wondered how I’d make the last cut since there would be no support under the piece.

-- Gary

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#7 posted 04-05-2014 02:11 AM

Maybe in two sections. The line looks straight in the
bottom and then curving on top. For two lamps I would
probably do the bottom part with the table saw and
then use a block and bandsaw/carve out the curve on
top by hand. With rasps and files you can get the shape
pretty consistent.


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#8 posted 04-05-2014 02:17 AM


I think that you bandsaw each curve sequentially and tape the previous cutouts back on so that you have a flat surface to work on.

Alternatively, if you could live with a round-ish shape, you could use a lathe to cut the cove out of a solid block. The ends then could be squared up on the table saw or bandsaw.


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#9 posted 04-06-2014 11:23 PM

If you have a lathe, you should be able to screw a block to a faceplate and turn to that shape. Drill the hole while it’s still on the lathe. A second method would be to turn between centers, part it off and then drill the hole on the drill press.

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#10 posted 04-07-2014 01:24 AM

yeti has it.
And you can also do it with a spoke shave too, if you feel comfortable doing it that way.
I would make a few cuts with a saw and chisel the waste out, then smooth it out with a spoke shave.
more than one way to skin a cat as they say.

-- Jeff NJ

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#11 posted 04-07-2014 01:29 AM

Go with taper, forget the slope – design will be quite similar – just make the louvered box part and slap on a 6×6 fence post cap, then run your dowel, electrical, etc. Distress and finish to match your photo.

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#12 posted 04-07-2014 01:46 AM

Cut it on the bandsaw. Its the same as doing a cabriole leg, double stick tape the off cut back on for support when you cut the other side.

-- The City Woodworker

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#13 posted 04-07-2014 03:01 AM

Thanks for all the suggestions, but I took the easy way out on this one. The lamp went on sale at Penny’s so I told her to go ahead and buy it.

-- Gary

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#14 posted 04-09-2014 05:07 AM

If your block of wood is long enough, you won’t need to support the material when you make the last cut on the bandsaw, as you’ll have enough leverage to hold it against the thrust of the blade. Then just cut off the top and fasten it onto the lower base.

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#15 posted 04-09-2014 05:35 AM

Buy it

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