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"Parasitic" floor lamp #6: Turret/Arm assembly

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Blog entry by Ross Leidy posted 08-29-2021 08:04 PM 759 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Hinge joint Part 6 of "Parasitic" floor lamp series Part 7: Turret revisited »

I glued the arms together with some CA glue. The all end-grain joint wasn’t going to be very strong regardless of glue choice. I just needed it to hold together until I could drill a center hole.

Then I applied some wood glue to the arms where they met the bottom of the turret, keeping the glue about 1/4” from the edges to avoid any squeeze-out. I temporarily inserted a bolt through both pieces to align them while gluing.

I used a hole saw to cut a disc of UHMW plastic that would be a low-friction washer. This would go into a counterbored hole on the underside of the assembly, with a bolt going up to the rotating turret cap.

Test-fitting the washer in some scrap:

I then used the scrap to center the forstner bit over the 1/4” hole in the bottom to drill the counterbore.

And then I could do another test assembly.

My sanding debt is growing. The turret/arm assembly was all pre-sanded, but I still need to sand the legs and splines.

Next up is the light box.



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splintergroup

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#1 posted 08-29-2021 08:43 PM

Has me thinking “War of the Worlds”

This is turning out great!

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 08-30-2021 01:16 AM

Nice methodical approach to getting the turret together. And the build has been fun to watch!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Ross Leidy

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#3 posted 08-30-2021 12:30 PM



Has me thinking “War of the Worlds”

This is turning out great!

- splintergroup

Just great. It’s a lamp and it will attack you while you sleep.

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Ross Leidy

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#4 posted 08-30-2021 12:32 PM



Nice methodical approach to getting the turret together. And the build has been fun to watch!

- Dave Polaschek

Thanks, Dave. Yeah, I’m pleased with how the turret is working out. We’ll see how it works with some weight on top. This is definitely going to be a top-heavy lamp.

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Mike_D_S

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#5 posted 08-30-2021 02:06 PM

I missed a couple of posts. Does anybody know a way to watch a whole blog series instead of having to watch each posting?

Ross, its really starting to look great. I think you hit the right spot with the legs. Without the lamp on it it does have a slightly insectile look to it.

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#6 posted 08-31-2021 07:42 AM

Hey hey, coming together nicely. Good shape on those legs!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#7 posted 09-04-2021 05:19 PM

Love your level of perfection, inspiring.
I also enjoy the legs.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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Ross Leidy

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#8 posted 09-05-2021 03:12 PM

Thanks, gents, I appreciate the comments.

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