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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 06-04-2010 03:55 PM 1859 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second lamp. It was made from a walnut log given to me at the last wood turners guild meeting in May. It was not that big of a log so there is some sap wood left around center which gives it some contrast. It has a 3 level touch control and is set up so you can touch the harp or the brass button sticking out of the front of the base to change levels or turn it off and on. I did find that you can touch the wood and also triggger the light. There must be enough moisture still in the wood to conduct. It is finished with Watco clear and then waxed with Trewax.

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





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#1 posted 06-04-2010 04:12 PM

Wow, I find that turned projects are just amazing and this is no exception. It looks great.

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#2 posted 06-04-2010 04:19 PM

Thats a cool lamp with amazing wood

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#3 posted 06-04-2010 04:30 PM

Nice lamp! Two questions. How did you drill through it? Does the threaded rod they sell with lamp kits have to go all the way through from top to bottom or can the wire be left on its own?

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#4 posted 06-04-2010 05:01 PM

This turned out great! (no pun intended – really I didn’t notice until I typed it)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 06-04-2010 05:49 PM

Hi Mike67. I drilled through with a 36” long drill that I made by brazing a regular 7/16 drill onto a piece of 3/8 rod. I drill from both ends on the drill press to get the holes going in square. Then I finish with the long dirll on a 3/8” corded drill because they have more power. This wood was still wet in the middle so I drilled out a lot of what looked like mud!

I use the threaded rod they sell for lamps and go all the way through with it so I can really tighten the nut on the bottom and keep the lamp holder secure. For this one I had to use and extra 2” of threaded rod with a coupler. That meant I had to drill it out to 1/2” up a few inches from the bottom.

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

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#6 posted 06-04-2010 05:52 PM

very nice piece, when you turn a piece like this from a log, do you leave the pith in it or is the piece taken from outside the pith?

-- RStadler

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#7 posted 06-04-2010 07:15 PM

nice job Jim

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#8 posted 06-04-2010 09:33 PM

Hi RStadler. I center drill right into the pith and turn it between centers from then on. I put a spiggot on the top end to hold it in a chuck and bored the bottom out using my steady rest. Then I put a center into the bottom to finish turning and sanding.
That lamp is on sale right now at the Grand Rapids Art Festival.

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

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#9 posted 06-05-2010 04:07 AM

nice lamp , did you turn it with the pith in it? was it green wood?

-- wchips

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#10 posted 06-05-2010 04:38 AM

Jim, thanks for the info!
Mike

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#11 posted 06-05-2010 04:31 PM

Fantastic job Jim. Love the look you achieved by using the sap wood. Thanks for all the info on drilling and mounting.

Keep it up.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#12 posted 06-05-2010 06:52 PM

Hey guys, thanks for all the nice supportive comments. I did not selll the lamp yet but I got an order to make two from somone’s cedar tree for an anniversary gift.

Hi Wchips, I turned the log holding it right in the center of the pith and it was cut about 2 weeks before I turned it.

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

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#13 posted 06-06-2010 04:12 AM

Great job on the lamp, awesome work.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#14 posted 06-09-2010 02:42 PM

My wife would buy me all the tools i wanted if i could make her lamps like that!

-- if you can't light a $100 bill on fire and watch it burn, you're in the wrong hobby.

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#15 posted 06-11-2010 11:53 PM

Great job.

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

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