Another Veneer Pendant Lamp #8: A minor hiccup or two

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Blog entry by Ross Leidy posted 01-26-2020 06:54 PM 479 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Installing the veneer strips didn’t go as planned. My initial idea was to apply a little contact cement to hold the overlapped end in place. This would have provided plenty of hold once the overlap was pressed into the rib slot. The problem was that before being moved into the slot, it was difficult to keep the ends from springing apart on the tightest radius strip, and I split the veneer. I abandoned this approach and as I was removing the damaged strip, I damaged it further.

I decided to just try skipping glue altogether and see how that works in the long term. The overlap is snug in the slot, so I don’t expect it to shift much. If I end up being wrong, it will be easy enough to separate the lamp from the socket fixture and fix it.

But still, that tight radius hoop is difficult to feed through the slots. I ended-up splitting another strip of veneer as I was fitting it into place.

After the tight radius hoops were installed, the others were comparatively easy.

After seeing this photo, I’ve got to check the lamp – the overlapping ends are under the nearest rib. It looks like the center veneer strip was cut narrower on one end. Yikes! Fortunately, I’ve got plenty more veneer.

Finished and ready to light-up.

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#1 posted 01-27-2020 10:33 PM

Nice job and an interesting project!!!
And thanks for the step by step.

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#2 posted 01-28-2020 12:16 PM

Thanks, my pleasure, htl.

Nice job and an interesting project!!!
And thanks for the step by step.

- htl

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