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Another Veneer Pendant Lamp #10: Two more assembled

02-03-2020 11:20 PM by Ross Leidy | 6 comments »

I finished assembling two more matching lamps, and they’re now ready for wiring. The bottom cover for each lamp will have a unique design. I asked my niece what she’d like to see on one of them, and she suggested a hummingbird. I found a silhouette image online, created vectors to outline the components, and played around with the curves so that it could be cut out with a 1/32” end mill (the smallest I’ve got). I was happy with the results and so was ...

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Another Veneer Pendant Lamp #9: A final test lighting

01-26-2020 06:59 PM by Ross Leidy | 4 comments »

One pendant down, and a few more to go before they’ll be installed. But I wanted to do another test lighting to see how the bottom cover would look. I’m very happy with how it turned out. Time to get cracking on the rest!

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

01-26-2020 06:54 PM by Ross Leidy | 2 comments »

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. ...

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Another Veneer Pendant Lamp #7: Glue-up

01-26-2020 03:28 AM by Ross Leidy | 0 comments »

With all the pieces sealed, the glue-up took 10 minutes. The roll of masking tape was the perfect size to support the top as I pressed the ribs into the mortises.

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Another Veneer Pendant Lamp #6: Bottom cover

01-26-2020 03:11 AM by Ross Leidy | 0 comments »

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 rea...

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Another Veneer Pendant Lamp #5: Pre-assembly finishing

01-26-2020 02:42 AM by Ross Leidy | 0 comments »

I didn’t apply finish to my previous spiral pendant lamp until after it was fully assembled, and that was a challenge. On this one, I applied satin poly prior to the glue-up. The magnets had to go in early, too. They were a friction fit requiring a hammer to tap them in, which was so much easier to do before the ribs were glued to the bottom ring. I took care to make sure they were all oriented with the same polarity. These magnets will align with corresponding magnets on the bot...

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Another Veneer Pendant Lamp #4: Trimming veneer to length

01-26-2020 02:22 AM by Ross Leidy | 3 comments »

With the veneer strips adjusted so they formed loops as close as circular as possible (by eye), I scored the ends where they overlapped on either side of the rib. After removing each strip, I trimmed-off the ends at the score lines and used the 3 different length strips as templates for additional strips. I then disassembled all of the lamp pieces and gave everything a good sanding in preparation for some finish.

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Another Veneer Pendant Lamp #3: Socket mounting and test lighting

01-21-2020 12:27 AM by Ross Leidy | 4 comments »

Still all dry fitting here in order to see how things would look with a light inside. The original plan was to mount the socket on the interior of the lamp (with the 3/8” lamp rod through the top cap). However, this would place the light bulb too far down, past the mid-point and closer to the bottom of the lamp. The sockets I have also support the European-style mounting, which would shift the socket above the top cap. So I re-designed a new top cap to mount the socket that way. ...

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Another Veneer Pendant Lamp #2: Basic structure

01-19-2020 09:18 PM by Ross Leidy | 1 comment »

Like the spiral pendant, my plan is to use cherry for the ribs and top and bottom caps, anigre veneer, and a BB ply ring as the base for the removable bottom cap. I started out cutting out the ribs. The bottom rib in the photo has slightly wider slots – this is where the overlapping ends of the veneer strip will be hidden. The bottom of the lamp needs to be open to provide access to the socket, and the BB ply ring provides some strength even though it looks a little fragile. ...

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Another Veneer Pendant Lamp #1: Background

01-19-2020 08:49 PM by Ross Leidy | 0 comments »

To salvage the Spiral Veneer Pendant Lamp project, I came up with an inner shade to envelope the light bulb: It worked well for that project, and with a few modifications, I thought I could turn it into a pendant lamp in its own right. Since I’m in need of some additional lighting in the upstairs hall, and since I’m on a lighting kick (just finished a tripod floor lamp), I jumped right into this project. After studying the earlier lamp, I decided on these basic modificat...

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