Lamp Mounting Plates Day 1: The Design

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Blog entry by RaggedKerf posted 10-20-2012 11:49 AM 1045 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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My father-in-law has commissioned me (I guess that’s still the right phrase, though it’s really pro bono since he has given me a router and table, grinder and drill!!! I owe him!) to make some mounting plates for a couple outdoor lights he wants to mount on his garage.

Naturally, I jumped at the chance. More woodworking!

He wanted a shield-like design to go with the lights. Here’s what I came up with:

To give you a size reference, he bought me a piece of solid aspen, 3/4” thick by 10” wide by 4’ long. I assembled one of the lights and and stuck it on the shield pattern.

Eventually, after I cut the shapes, I’ll use the router he gave me (his that he doesn’t use any more) to cut a nice bevel before painting and sealing it. And cutting a hole for the lamp wires, etc.

Using the same method to transfer the image that I did yesterday for the leg vise chop design, I transferred the shield shapes. Then I cut the shapes loose from the board.For fun, because I was running out of time, I took the first one and tried the coping saw out to see how well I could cut the curved shaped…not too bad! It was easier than I thought. Maybe I’ll use this instead of the crappy jigsaw I have…

To see the pictures, please click here.

-- Steve

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