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"Parasitic" floor lamp #4: Leg shaping

08-24-2021 03:57 PM by Ross Leidy | 4 comments »

I would do some things differently if I were starting this step over. I started by creating a template for the curved leg profile. Mistake 1: I second-guessed myself on the shape/width of the leg profile. I drew the lines manually with a flexible batten just based on a few measurements from the Sketchup model. The result looked too narrow, so I widened it a bit. However, once I had the first leg cut out from the template, the proportions were wrong, so I had to re-work the template an...

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"Parasitic" floor lamp #3: Turret arms

08-23-2021 07:41 PM by Ross Leidy | 0 comments »

I cut the turret arms on the CNC as well, although these could have easily been done on the tablesaw too. Once I’ve drilled the fastener holes for the articulated legs, the arms will be glued together and to the bottom of the turret. Shaping the legs is next.

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"Parasitic" floor lamp #2: Center turret

08-23-2021 12:50 PM by Ross Leidy | 3 comments »

I’m assuming that the circular turret on the original lamp allows the light box to be rotated. In the original, the turret and arms were made of brass. And since I’m not a metalworker (yet, anyway), I’m making this component from wood. For the prototype, I’ll be using wood that I have on-hand. Given the dimensions needed and my stock, that leaves me with just cherry for the turret, turret arms, and legs. If the initial build goes well, I may shop for some more i...

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"Parasitic" floor lamp #1: Intro

08-22-2021 06:29 PM by Ross Leidy | 3 comments »

The movie “Parasite” was full of eye candy for those that gravitate towards a modern, minimalist style. One piece of set dressing that caught my eye was the tripod floor lamp that was in the living room of the Park house. The light it gave-off was more atmospheric than illuminating, and I couldn’t quite make out how the light box was constructed to shape the light like it did. It took some googling to track down more photos of the lamp designed and built by the Kore...

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Tripod Floor Lamp #7: Final assembly and finishing

01-08-2020 01:18 AM by Ross Leidy | 7 comments »

With nothing left to sand, final assembly was simply putting some glue into the leg mortises and popping in the hub and spokes. The tension of the bent legs provided enough clamping pressure. I left the wedging rings in place an extra day just in case. I used Odie’s Oil on the Z Chair project and really liked it, so I used it again for this lamp. Next up is wiring, which will happen tomorrow after the lamp kit arrives.

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Tripod Floor Lamp #6: Hub and spokes

01-08-2020 01:03 AM by Ross Leidy | 3 comments »

The spokes are essentially just long floating tenons, 1” x 3/8”. The mortises in the hub slightly overlap, so the ends of the tenons have to be tweaked a little to get maximum depth for each one. I marked the border of the excess of each tenon through the adjacent mortise holes and then used the disc sander to remove the excess. Now the tenons all meet snuggly at the center: After more sanding, I glued in the spokes and set the assembly aside to let the glu...

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Tripod Floor Lamp #5: Triangular hub angled mortises

01-08-2020 12:36 AM by Ross Leidy | 1 comment »

The cherry triangular hub is 3” long and 2” wide on each face. I needed a way to place an angled mortise in the same location on each face. I started with a little cradle that would hold the hub securely. I could then clamp the cradle to the mortising jig. There’s enough room on the back side for a 15-deg template to ride along the top edge of the cradle to set the mortise angle, which is clamped in place once I got it positioned properly. Not shown here,...

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Tripod Floor Lamp #4: Leg mortises

01-08-2020 12:08 AM by Ross Leidy | 2 comments »

There’s not a lot to show here except for a little clamping block that I made for the mortising jig. Since it would be difficult to directly clamp the thin edge of the legs against the jig, I made this block that provided a shelf for the leg to sit on and a lip to press it tightly against the mortising jig. The shelf width is just shy of the width of the leg. The bottom of the block has a piece of veneer to shim it out to the same width of leg, keeping the shelf level when clamped. ...

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Tripod Floor Lamp #3: Preparing the triangular core for the neck

01-07-2020 11:05 PM by Ross Leidy | 1 comment »

I tried 3 different options for making the triangular filler for the neck of the lamp: Cutting some 4” pieces on the tablesaw and then drilling-out the center on the drill press. This would have been my first choice if I could have cut them uniformly. I had a kick-back accident and abandoned this method for the time being. Still have 10 fingers, though. CNC cut triangles of some cherry I had that was an appropriate thickness. I got too much tear-out. CNC cut triangles of bir...

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Tripod Floor Lamp #2: Getting started

01-07-2020 07:38 PM by Ross Leidy | 3 comments »

The two auction sites referenced in the last entry did not agree on the overall dimensions so I’m eye-balling it. I had some anigre planks lying around that I decided to use for this project. I cut three overly-long strips, drum sanded smooth and ended up with a cross section of 1” x 0.44”. I think the original may have been slightly larger in both directions. I aimed for the legs to describe a circumference of about 14”. To start figuring out the proportions, I...

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