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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 06-25-2011 03:35 PM 6204 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally came up with a project for the chunk of Mammoth Kauri sent to me from Bob (TopamaxSurvivor)

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#1 posted 06-25-2011 04:23 PM

Nice job on that!

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#2 posted 06-25-2011 04:24 PM


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#3 posted 06-25-2011 04:26 PM

Steve, not to gush, but great video!

I didn’t quite understand the deal of having to reverse the stop blocks for putting the mortise in the adjacent side.

Other than that it’s great presentation, as usual, and a purdy project!

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#4 posted 06-25-2011 04:27 PM

Very cool use for such ancient wood! You should put in an LED Lamp – sort of a juxtaposition between the ancient and the modern. :-) Plus it won’t burn the lid!

Bob, that was very thoughtful of you – I am sure Steve will be shipping that lamp off to you in the next day or so. ;-)

Oh yeah – Woodbutchery asked about why you had to move the stop blocks. If the mortise would have been centered top to bottom Steve wouldn’t have had to move the stop blocks. In this case they were more to the top of the piece than the bottom as well as not quite centered left-to-right on the uprights. I GUESS if the panels would have been perfectly centered on the uprights, you could have just kept the stop blocks where they were at for all four. It was far safer to just move the stop blocks – that way you keep the inset distance for your panels perfect. Make sense?


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#5 posted 06-25-2011 04:40 PM

Steve thats a nice video, great project.

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#6 posted 06-25-2011 06:21 PM

Steve, I admire you for tearing it apart and making it right… Good job!

I don’t know how the Japanese lamps are built… BUT, for a Lamp, I would think it would possibly be better if the panels were 1/8” thick or less… which would allow the light to possibly glow through the panels when the light is on.

Might be fun to experiment with some, say Pine, to see if 1/8” would do it…

Next thing you know, you will be tearing it apart again, resawing some more… and making TWO lamps instead of ONE! LOL

Just a little of something to think about… LOL

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#7 posted 06-25-2011 06:39 PM

Woodbutchery: I had to reverse the set-up because the slots were offset. If they were centered along the length, I wouldn’t need to do that.

Bob: I should have shown the bulb. It’s a miniature CFL. I didn’t want it to heat up inside, either.

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#8 posted 06-25-2011 06:48 PM


Steve, I think this is one of the nicest projects you’ve done. And I really have a lot of respect for you for showing your mistakes. We ALL make them, but we all don’t show them. Nice video, and a very nice lamp. Thanks for sharing

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#9 posted 06-25-2011 08:54 PM

Interesting note about the smell. I have an old shotgun that has a smell that reminds me of my grandmother’s house. I don’t know why, but it may be the old saloon-style piano she had – maybe the combination of wood, metal and varnish.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#10 posted 06-26-2011 05:00 AM

Beautiful project. Making it from wood given to you by other LJ’s makes it very special. Well Done!

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#11 posted 06-26-2011 05:33 AM

Great project! And nice fix and finish.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#12 posted 06-26-2011 07:27 AM

great job

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#13 posted 06-26-2011 12:09 PM

Nice job and great video. Keep them coming. Thanks.

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#14 posted 06-26-2011 06:04 PM

Another excellent video….great to see the recovery….been there, done that….it is easy to get wrapped up so deeply in the project so that you forget tiny details…and these small items have a lot of impact when you try to fit other parts or level out a portion (which of course usually is near the end of the project).....I’ve made alot of rails and stiles…and through alot of trial and errors…have found so many small details that need to be addressed by the design and the cuts….but that is part of the fun (Isn’t it?).

Keep em coming!.....really enjoy the down to earth “mere mortal” approach.

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#15 posted 06-29-2011 03:39 AM


Thanks for sharing this great project with us, including your mistake. I’m sure Bob appreciates seeing the wood put to good use as well. I like the way you attached the top to make it easily accessible for bulb changes.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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