Building Falling Waters Lamps

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Blog series by HerbC updated 05-12-2011 04:57 PM 7 parts 56240 reads 15 comments total

Part 1: Like Frank Sinatra, I'll Do It My Way...

05-04-2011 02:54 AM by HerbC | 2 comments »

Once upon a time, long ago and far away, I wanted to be an architect. (Of course the fact that I couldn’t draw sort of doomed that career path.) One of the architects who inspired me the most at that time was Frank Lloyd Wright. Perhaps the most widely known and recognized building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright was a home named Falling Waters. Not only did he design the home he designed the furnishings. One of the items he designed for the home was a bedroom lamp. Fellow LJ Randy...

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Part 2: OK, the jigs up!

05-04-2011 03:14 AM by HerbC | 2 comments »

This project was not designed to be built from your common, standard 3/4” thick lumber. Noooooooo, Mr Frank Lloyd Wright would never have been that unoriginal. The main pieces for the shades are 1/4” thick stock and the base is made from pieces that are either 1/4” or 1/2” thick. Of course I don’t have any lumber that’s already those sizes, so I’ll have to resaw something to make the parts for these lamps. Of course, I don’t have a bandsaw so...

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Part 3: Let'r Rip!

05-04-2011 04:24 AM by HerbC | 0 comments »

So, I built the resaw fence yesterday. I got off work a bit early this afternoon and decided to resaw the lumber for the shades. The lumber is a full inch thick and eleven inches wide. My initial plan was to rip as deep as I could on the tablesaw and then use a handsaw to finish the rip. So I started by cutting the lumber to reasonable lengths and then making the first cuts: Well, after ripping as deeply as possible I attacked the remaining portion of the cut with my trusty pull...

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Part 4: Vive la différence

05-04-2011 05:55 AM by HerbC | 4 comments »

If you’ve been following this series, I’m sure your scratching your head and saying to yourself “That sure don’t look like walnut to me!” So when I said “I’ll do it my way!” one of the things I meant was that I wouldn’t use walnut for the pieces that make up the shade on this lamp. Not that I don’t like walnut. I really like walnut. I might even go so far as to say I love walnut. But, (here’s the catch…) I don’...

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Part 5: I want to be poplar...

05-08-2011 07:40 PM by HerbC | 3 comments »

Or was that popular? The base elements of this lamp design are made from various thickness pieces of poplar, painted black. I didn’t have any poplar so I went to Home Depot and bought a board (3/4” x5 1/2” x 8’). I decided to resaw the poplar rather than buy the different thicknesses at the Home Depot. Again I used my table saw and the resaw fence I built. Here’s a picture of the stock ready for planing to final thickness. From left to right, n...

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Part 6: Take a little off the top Mr. Carnahan...

05-11-2011 02:19 AM by HerbC | 1 comment »

I called my friend who had previously loaned me his Dewalt 734 planner (which he took home last Saturday) to see if I could bring the pieces for these lamps over to his house and plane them to the final thicknesses. He said that since the planer was still in his truck that he’d just drop it off at my house today. So this afternoon I planed the poplar and the sycamore down to the final thickness. I didn’t take any pictures of the actual planing operations but here’s a few ...

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Part 7: Socket to me!

05-12-2011 04:57 PM by HerbC | 3 comments »

I didn’t get any woodworking done on this project yesterday. But I did do something productive. I ordered the lamp sockets I will use. I’m using the Leviton 6151 Full Range Electro-Mechanical Incandescent Lampholder Socket Dimmer. It lets you use standard incandecent bulbs and dims them thru the full range. I found them at for $12 each. Could have ordered thru Amazon but shipping was a lot higher for some reason… Well, thanks for checking in and ...

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