Wood lantern MaFe version. #4: Let there be light and there was light...

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Wood lantern.
Let there be light and there was light…

In Denmark we celebrate Christmas on 24 and so we had the lantern bringing for us light as we ate our Christmas meal at the work shop.

Part four.

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.

Last time we left with a fascination for the light, now it’s time to protect the flame from the element
So a sheet of glass. a straight edge and a glass cutter are now on the table.

My friend Flemming borrowed me his HQ glass cutter.
I have a few of the traditional cheap versions.
With this one it was like cutting butter and so the sheets were cut up into size.

Used my side rabbet planes to fit the rabbets to the glass.

Glass are set between the profiles.

Glass in all three sides.
Then the lid goes on before we move on to the door.

The door frame can now be opened.

Glass pushed in place.

Frame closed up with pins but no glue, so they can be easily opened if the glass should break.

The pins are trimmed all over the lantern.

Less is enough. ;-)

And yes we got a lantern.

I love the crisp visible glass edges, they have their own way of reflecting the light.

MaFe meets old times and Japanese inspiration.

Nice warm light in the darkness.

Something odd on this picture?

Hmmm thought I saw something in the dark, but it was probably just my imagination!
All I see is the light.

With this I wish you all a Merry ChristMads.

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


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

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#1 posted 12-25-2015 03:12 PM

MaFe you are an inspiration to many, more that you can imagine I believe.
I loved this project and intend to make several as it is an easy project to batch the parts.
Merry Christmas to you. Hope you get to spend time with your daughter.

-- Jim, Mid coast, Maine home of the chain leg vise

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#2 posted 12-25-2015 03:32 PM

Beautiful lanterns, Mads! What a wonderful way to light the room for Den Gamle Jul. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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

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#3 posted 12-25-2015 03:54 PM

Merry Christmas Mafe and may that lantern light many more for you. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 12-25-2015 05:37 PM

Merry Christmas Mads, love the lanterns and your presentation..oh, your Elf may need a thank you as well ;-)

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#5 posted 12-25-2015 08:42 PM

Just in time for Christmas! So Merry Christmas it is!

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#6 posted 12-25-2015 08:46 PM

And God saw that the the light was good.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 12-26-2015 12:41 PM

I love this lantern blog, Mads. Have fun!

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 12-26-2015 05:08 PM

Wonderful project Mads.

-- I never finish anyth

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