Mahogany Table Lamp

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Project by Luke posted 02-15-2010 04:13 AM 2543 views 20 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made from Mahogany and stained Very dark to give it an old look then finished with tung oil. It has brass tacks holding in the paper insert. This is one of my more favorite projects. I like doing things that are used for a purpose other than to just sit there. It gives you light! It’s from an old WOOD magazine plan so I didn’t come up with this one. I did change it to the paper style baffle though. The plan called for white acrylic inserts cut at an angle and I thought that would look really cheap. Before I had it on the legs I was going to just have it hanging from the ceiling. It was a great IDEA but I didn’t have anywhere to hang it so I added the legs so that it could sit on a table ( also not my idea). The last photo is what it might have looked like. It would be really cool to make three of them and hang them right next to each other at three different height levels. Anyways, Thanks for looking.

-- LAS,

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#1 posted 02-15-2010 04:19 AM

Well done. I really like this. Can you comment on the paper that you used? Is it a rice paper? Where did you get it?

Thanks for posting.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 02-15-2010 04:25 AM

Absolutely beautiful!

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#3 posted 02-15-2010 04:45 AM

Rice paper is available on the internet but I could not find it in small runs. You had to purchase an entire roll. I didn’t spend much time looking because I had a better idea. The hobby store has thick paper($2-$3) that has a rice paper look to it. Buy a whole sheet and cut it to size then make four folds. Slide the folded sheet down into the opening and push in the tacks. Look closely on the right side of picture 5 and you’ll see the seam in the paper. The great thing is that the paper has a cloudy watermark sort of look that gives it that rice paper unperfectness that looks awesome when you turn on the light.

-- LAS,

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#4 posted 02-15-2010 04:49 AM

Very cool lamp!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#5 posted 02-15-2010 05:26 AM

Nice looking Lamp!

It’s Exactly what I had in Mind to HANG 3 or 4, as you said, at various heights over my Kitchen Island Unit that seperates the Kitchen from the Kitchen Eating Area. GOOD choice to use Paper rather than Plastic ..UGH!!

I’m going back 80 or so years here ;-} but when I was in my Teens a number of us used to build Gas Powered Model Aircraft. All of them from a BASIC Plan, or our own, and Multi sheets of NOT Pre Cut Balsa Wood.

I think the paper you’re reffering to is what was then called “Silk Span” (I can see that in your Photos) even though it didn’t contain any Silk …LOL.. The ENTIRE Airplane was covered with it.

A little “Trick” we learned was….After the Glue had dried that we attached the Paper with, we would ”Spritz It” (Soak) with a fine spray, usually with an old Windex Sprayer. It’s a little Scary watching the paper SAG all over the place. In a day or so it would dry and REALLY tighten up! Then began the 4 or 5 coat finishing project. The first coat was a Clear Dope, as it was called then. It made the paper look even more ”Ricey” if you will, and added a very slight Off White Tone.

I think I’ll try that Method when I get around to doing my Lamps. Thanks for the Found Memories.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#6 posted 02-15-2010 04:34 PM

Very cool style to the lamp! Clever work using an alternative to the rice paper.

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#7 posted 02-16-2010 07:14 AM

love the lamp… I had a similar idea in mind. How did you get the corners of the paper so crisp? Did you measure the sides and fold the paper 4 times for the corners and then glue the ends together and conceal the seam behind one of the vertical pieces?

-- You can't stand apart unless you're prepared to stand alone. Alex, Cleveland

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#8 posted 02-17-2010 06:20 AM

You got it alex.

-- LAS,

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#9 posted 03-29-2012 02:05 PM

one of the nice things about LJ’s is that you continually come across projects that you missed the first time around. I didn’t see this when you first posted it, but glad I saw it today. May have to copy it one day! Great job.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#10 posted 03-31-2012 02:36 AM

Look up old WOOD magzine articles. It’s in there somewhere.

-- LAS,

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#11 posted 03-31-2012 02:46 AM

very cool lamp well done


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