Rustic lamp

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 11-10-2015 10:27 PM 1754 views 1 time favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a lamp made from a diamond willow top and a mesquite base. I have had these parts laying around the shop for abut 5 years and finally finished it. The base was the hold up. It had a lot of punky areas and cracks and they are now filled with epoxy and turquoise. It has green felt cover on the whole bottom.

it is finished with semi gloss polyurethane

Cheers, Jim

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

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Mark Wilson

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#1 posted 11-10-2015 10:41 PM

That is stupendous, James. Are you thinking of, mebees turning a shade for it?
So many log butts and sticks lying around, and here you go, wrinkling my brain. And old lamps that could be cannibalized.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 11-10-2015 11:08 PM

Just have to love that Jim, what a great contrast of colours and textures.
Thanks for sharing.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 11-10-2015 11:12 PM

COOL wood!
... reminds me of Manzanita…

Super cool lamp!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#4 posted 11-11-2015 12:12 AM

Real nice lamp, Jim. The table doesn’t look too shabby, either… Is that one of yours?

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#5 posted 11-11-2015 12:38 AM

Real nice Jim, like the way it all combines.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#6 posted 11-11-2015 01:10 AM

Nice effect Jim.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 11-11-2015 01:10 AM

Nice lamp. I had to look that up, never heard of diamond willow. Now I have to keep my eyes open for some.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 11-11-2015 01:59 AM

I like that diamond willow beautiful stuff for the right project.
BTW: Found some nice Manitoba maple that grows here locally same wood that you guys call box elder .


-- Kiefer

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John Stegall

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#9 posted 11-11-2015 02:40 AM

Jim, almost every piece of mesquite in my possession has lots of worm holes, checks, shakes, and various cracks and mineral pockets. And now It sets off my asthma every time I make something from. I just finished a boot jack for my daughter using it. All hand work. I discovered that if I keep applying BOL while I work it, and scrape instead of sand or use a file I can still finish it. I should also add that it is my favorite wood.

-- jstegall

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#10 posted 11-11-2015 03:03 AM

When I see your name on a post I always expect something great. You never let us down. Great work sir.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 11-11-2015 03:06 AM

Thanks guys, glad you like it!
Hi Mark. I tried turning a shade once out of green wood but I left it sit in the lathe over night and it cracked all over. I’ll just let the customer buy their own shade. One that goes with this lamp will be big bucks.

Hi Tooch. I made that table last year from 1” Baltic birch plywood.

Hi Dave/ I’m told that there is Diamond willow here in Grand Rapids, but have never come across any. this piece came from Minnesota and the base came from Arizona.

Hi John. this piece too had a lot of worm holes in it. Those worms can live a piece of dead mesquite for many years. I have dust on the barn floor from some still at work. They really splatter when you cut through one on the lathe!! If I make a piece from it and it has active dust, I put the wood in the microwave for about 5 minutes to put an end to them.

cheers, Jim

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

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Cedar Furniture Lodge

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#12 posted 11-11-2015 03:56 AM

I love it! Great job

-- "The Cedar King"

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#13 posted 11-11-2015 04:09 AM

I have a bunch if this stuff in my wood yard. Now I know what to do with it. I hope mine come out half as nice.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#14 posted 11-11-2015 08:27 AM

Beautiful rustic lamp! the woods are lovely, as is thei combination. The fillings add so much, I have to find some Turqouise to smack down to dust.
Well done Sir!

-- Knowlege is just like love - it never dilutes, only grows! Sharing it with others just strengthens it

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 11-11-2015 11:31 AM

Thanks Todd, Jack and Yuval.
Hi Yuval, in the desert where we stay in Arizona in the winter there are quite few place to find turquoise all over the ground. I have a pipe with a steel bottom welded in and a steel ram rod that I smash the turquoise in and that way I can keep it all together and sift the dust for inlay like this . Some guys use the big turquoise pebbles and put them in whole.

Cheers, Jim

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

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