Rustic lamp

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Project by Mip posted 06-18-2016 03:18 AM 855 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sitting around watching the Tigers lose to Kansas City, so I decided to post some projects. This lamp I made awhile back from a branch that was lying in a forest in Alaska. My parents went up there years ago, and came back with this branch. I decided to turn a lamp. The base is walnut, and the rest I’m guessing is some kind of evergreen. I looked at some lamp auger bits and didn’t like the price. Fifty bucks for one of those things??!!?? So I made my own using a twelve dollar electricians bit. Works great.
Now I know there’s more pictures than needed, so I’ll let you people decide which one is better, the one with the light on, or the one with it off. It’s sitting on my little pine table; that thing gets around.

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#1 posted 06-18-2016 08:56 PM

Fine looking lamp, Paul.
“So I made my own using a twelve dollar electricians bit. Works great.” Please to ‘splain. The lack of a long drill is what’s been keeping me from making lamps.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 06-18-2016 10:30 PM

The lamp auger bit is a long boring bit that has no center, so it removes chips and shavings fast. It would drill the center out faster, but it’s more expensive. Electricians bit has flutes also, but don’t go all the way down the shaft, so it’s slower drilling. Electricians use it to drill through walls, string a wire through the hole in the bit, and pull the bit back out for stringing wire throughout the house. Woodturning catalogues sell the auger bits; just punch in lamp auger on this here fancy, new fangled internet for pictures. I also used a hollow tail center on the tail stock.

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