Mahogany Table Lamp

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Project by swied posted 04-06-2009 08:29 AM 2115 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second creation from the mahogany stash (click here for the first). I built this lamp for my sisters 50th birthday present. The whole thing started out as a single board about four feet long x 7 inches wide x 1.5 inches thick. I first re sawed the board into three 1/4 inch thick strips. I then cut 9 inch wide sections out of each one, and carefully marked them so that I could later book-match them. The book-matching worked well, and you can’t really see the glue lines at all. The circular holes were covered with a 1/8” thick fiberglass sheeting material. I like the cross hatching effect that it displays when illuminated.

-- Scott, San Diego

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#1 posted 04-06-2009 12:10 PM

That looks nice. What did you do for the lighting system?

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#2 posted 04-06-2009 07:27 PM

Cool looking lamp!

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#3 posted 04-06-2009 09:53 PM

That looks nice. What did you do for the lighting system?

I attached a simple lamp socket to the base on the inside. It uses a sixty Watt bulb. The lamp is mainly for decoration, and not a significant source of light. If you turn the lamp over you can get to all the wired components. If you look closely to the attached pictures you can see a button on the wooden base for turning the lamp on and off.

-- Scott, San Diego

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#4 posted 04-07-2009 05:08 AM

pretty cool lamp

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#5 posted 04-08-2009 05:30 AM

this is coo…is there a top???

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#6 posted 04-08-2009 10:10 PM

is there a top?

Hmmm…. that’s exactly what my Dad said when he first saw it. My initial response to him was, “who puts a lid on a lamp? You’ll burn down the house!” Now, hearing the same question from you is making me wonder about the design.

I’m open to constructive critisism. I realize that it is a unique design. I’m curious to hear what people really think.

-- Scott, San Diego

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