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"Parasitic" floor lamp #14: The finale

09-27-2021 01:05 PM by Ross Leidy | 6 comments »

I was able to finish the lamp over the weekend – about 1-1/2 months after starting. Here are a few final bits, finishing, and assembly. I punched a couple of leather discs from an old belt to use on the tips of the legs. I glued these on with contact cement prior to finishing. I added some ventilation to the back panel, which should also provide a bit of back-lighting on the wall behind the lamp. I played around with different ideas for the pattern, but eventually landed on...

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"Parasitic" floor lamp #13: Almost there

09-19-2021 03:52 PM by Ross Leidy | 7 comments »

I’m down to the final bits of construction now. I’ll be down to just sanding and finishing in no time. To finish up the light box, I added some baltic birch ply mounting tabs to hold some captive lock nuts. These will hold the acrylic panel and the rear panel in place. The nuts were a snug fit – I had to tap them down into place. I made a little template to help locate the tabs equidistant from each side. I placed the mounting tabs so that they would b...

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"Parasitic" floor lamp #12: Lighting

09-13-2021 01:53 AM by Ross Leidy | 2 comments »

My plan from the beginning was to use LED strip lights that I had left over from my office lighting project. The 4000K LED’s are “natural white”, but may end up too cool for this particular application. But, since I had them, I decided to give them a try. I bought a transformer that was dimmable with an inexpensive 0-10v rotary dimmer, which will be mounted on the back panel along with an on/off switch. Here are the pieces hooked-up temporarily so I could see how the d...

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"Parasitic" floor lamp #11: Box glue-up

09-13-2021 12:56 AM by Ross Leidy | 0 comments »

There’s not much to show here except that I decided to use some connector bolts to hold the box to the top of the turret. So, before sanding all the pieces prior to glue-up, I drilled three holes in the bottom box piece and tapped 3 matching holes in the top of the turret. The holes are offset towards the rear of the turret, and they won’t be visible from the front of the lamp once I have the translucent white acrylic sheet (diffuser) mounted inside the box. The mini domi...

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"Parasitic" floor lamp #10: Louver pivots

09-10-2021 01:51 AM by Ross Leidy | 2 comments »

Rather than drive a whole mile to the hardware store for some washers, I made use of the cocobolo instead. This let me get exactly 1/16” thick, match the 5/8” diameter of the threaded insert plugs, and make the center holes just slightly larger than the shoulder on the bolts. Confirming the louver height plus 2 washers matches the height of the side pieces. I had intended to drill the pilot and counterbore for the bolts on the drill press, but I didn’t have the right ...

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"Parasitic" floor lamp #9: Louvers - threaded inserts

09-08-2021 07:28 PM by Ross Leidy | 3 comments »

The bolts through the box that provide the pivot point for the louvers don’t need to be very beefy, so I chose some small M4 shoulder bolts. My original plan was to use these threaded nut inserts in the louvers: But, since they were so small and they were going into end grain of a soft wood, they really didn’t grip very well at all when inserted. Here’s what I was left with in a scrap of AYC after trying to seat an insert: So my workaround is to inset a disk of hardw...

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"Parasitic" floor lamp #8: Light box and louver shaping

09-08-2021 05:36 PM by Ross Leidy | 2 comments »

For the main box and louvers, I again used some wood that I had on-hand – some Alaskan yellow cedar – selected because it was wide enough so I wouldn’t need to do a glue-up and it was relatively lightweight. It’s not very striking grain-wise, but I figured this lamp is all about form, so I’m okay with the plain look. AYC is on the soft side, but I figure the lamp isn’t going to get much abuse, so I went with it. I started by resawing and thickness sand...

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"Parasitic" floor lamp #7: Turret revisited

09-05-2021 03:51 PM by Ross Leidy | 11 comments »

After moving the temporarily-assembled lamp to where it might finally reside, I could get a better view of its proportions and see if any adjustments were needed before proceeding. With a taped-together light box sitting on top, my wife and I gave it the critical eye. This was a useful exercise, because she noted that the turret height looked a little short with the light box in-place. I reluctantly had to agree. So, I built a new turret cap. In order to get the additional cap thicknes...

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

08-29-2021 08:04 PM by Ross Leidy | 8 comments »

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 plasti...

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"Parasitic" floor lamp #5: Hinge joint

08-28-2021 05:37 PM by Ross Leidy | 4 comments »

I’m using furniture connector bolts to fasten the spline to the leg, and another for the pivot for the joint. I would have liked to have found an alternative that had a smaller diameter head that was still shallow, but I wasn’t able to locate any other options. I think these will be fine for this build, though. I then proceeded to drill the counterbore on all the pieces to recess the head and then the 5/16” shank holes. Next up was the spline that would b...

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