Another Veneer Pendant Lamp #6: Bottom cover

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Blog entry by Ross Leidy posted 01-26-2020 03:11 AM 595 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My plan is to have a unique bottom cover design for each of the pendant lamps, and the for the first one I used an “atomic age” motif. Perhaps fittingly, my first attempt was a bomb. I kind of expected that a thin piece of the same cherry as the ribs might be a bit fragile, but the CNC milling was worse than I expected.

I went back to the computer and tweaked the design to increase space between some of the holes and also to create a large center hole to eliminate the really pointy ends caused by the converging lines. I also changed materials to using a 1/8” plywood substrate, with anigre veneer applied (I didn’t have any cherry veneer).

This may look a little ragged here, but it cleaned-up pretty well. The extra strength of the plies held together for the cut.

The small tabs around the perimeter of the cutout keep it in place as it’s being cut. They’re easily cut with a utility knife and sanded smooth.


And the cover’s magnets inserted:

Sealer applied:

I think it will look good on the finished lamp.

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