Wood lantern MaFe version. #3: Fascinated by the shadows it throws...

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Blog entry by mafe posted 12-22-2015 01:15 PM 2836 reads 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Wood lantern.
fascinated by the shadows it throws…

Part three.

At my visits to the Danish Frilandsmuseum, I fell in love with the old traditional lanterns.
The simple way they were created and the few materials.
Also they can be made all by hand or with power tools – from recycle materials or all new.
Kind of right up my Alley.

This was where we left last part, the lanterns bodies are ready.
Now we need doors and glass.

Back to the table saw, sawing the joints for the doors.

Not a bad jig.

Now time for the tenons.

Quick and clean.

A wee clean up.

That’s it.
Yes they can be done by hand in minutes, but I still had pain in the neck and shoulders so I kept up the power tool approach.

How did this happen.
Took a look at the table saw and found out I did not tighten the jig probably to the fence…
Well easy to shim it, so no need to cry.

We got a door!

A made them a wee to small to allow a little airflow.

Not bad. ;-)

Glass rabbet are cut.
Again only on the sides.

That’s it, I needed two cuts to get the width I wanted for the glass.

Now ready for glass.

The frame are glued on the one side only.
Here with hide glue, finally my pot gets to life again.
Ohhh that hide glue are a joy to use.

At the other side I drill again with the tapered drill bit.

The pins are also dipped in hide glue.

And the tapped in place with a small hammer.

Like this now we have two doors, glued and pinned in one side, open in the other, just held by the pins.

Left side glued and pinned.
Right side just pinned so it can be opened for the glass.

There are a charm to that glue pot, it kind of fits in here in my shop.


Back to the wire.

Now making higes for the doors.
As simple as this.

The door lock mechanism are almost the same simple, made a quick sketch for a working version.
Never did study the old once, but this is no rocket…

Drilling a hole for the door lock.

Wire goes through.

On the backside it’s made flat and with a simple twist.

On the outside a wee handle are formed.

Now I can make a rabbet for the lock in the frame and it’s complete.

Next step was to hammer the tin top in place.
And no Mike I agree they were not made from tins back in the days, tins were not for the normal person until after the first WW. It was just to make a modern cheap, recycled and easy version here.

Now drilling for the hinges in the door frame.

Like this.

The wire goes through.

And are just bed to each side on the back, since it will not be a heavy door.

Like this, notice that the hinges are placed on the glued side of the frame, this to make it strong there.

Then drilling in the frame.

Ok I had to see it with light now.
Still elegant I feel, so I can move on with a smile.

Ok also had to see it in the darkness.

The door hinges are made quite simple.

Just hammered in.

Here Filiz passed the work shop and took a picture of me working by the workbench, kind of fun to see one self like this. Thank you.

Ohhh yes and it is Christmas.
Merry Christmads to you all.

Another test light, here fascinated by the shadows it throws.

Next part is where the lantern gets glass and finally can get into use.

Hope it can be an inspiration, perhaps even a light…


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

12 comments so far

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#1 posted 12-22-2015 01:26 PM

I like everything you have done here. Nice work’ My Dad always said that “a craftsman can fix his mistakes”.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#2 posted 12-22-2015 01:39 PM

That’s a lantern with a whole lot of character, Mads. I always love to see your shop and what you are up to. Your wonderful collection of tools and what you do with them is always a source of inspiration. May you always be happy in your work and your life.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 12-22-2015 02:11 PM

Looking good. Like the hinges.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#4 posted 12-22-2015 02:23 PM

I can imagine artisans working by just such candle light.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 12-22-2015 02:32 PM

Very cool. I love your creativity!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 12-22-2015 04:45 PM

Very nice Mads, and also in the spirit of the season.

Good Jul og Godt Nytår.


-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#7 posted 12-22-2015 05:06 PM

Fantastic, as always. Thanks for sharing!


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#8 posted 12-22-2015 07:54 PM

Nice work and charming lanterns Mads. I like your simple shop made hinges too, they add a lot of character.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jiri Parkman

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#9 posted 12-22-2015 10:36 PM

Nice and inspiring.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Jiri

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#10 posted 12-22-2015 11:46 PM

And Mads said “Let there be light and there was light”. Great design and execution Mads.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#11 posted 12-25-2015 09:12 AM

Simply beautiful, Mads. Merry Christmas to you and Mathilde, my friend.

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 12-27-2015 05:01 PM

Great fun Mads!

-- I never finish anyth

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