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Project by BuyoMasilla posted 07-26-2017 02:31 AM 1059 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Greetings Dear Lumberjocks,

My daughter recently married and she and her husband have their own home. I wanted to make them something unique and hopefully attractive enough that they would feel comfortable letting it be seen.

I had this board I probably aquired dumpster diving years ago which I thought was attractive and possessed character. Although the end product is not exactly what I initially envisioned, I feel it turned out somewhat attractive and rather unique. It also, and it probably shows, it arose from my own creativity. I took what I had in hand and combined it with some store bought items and Voila, a small table lamp emerged.

Hopefully at this time I can enlist your assistance and guidance. See, what I had in mind was a three sided pyramid with a slight taper and mitered corners. I proved to lack the math and wood cutting skills and settled for a compromise, a triangle which does not taper, and the joinery, well to keep the thin edges together I had to opt for contrasting wood splines.

I believe there is a way to get anything done, so I ask, how would you have designed the sides to get the taper I was hoping for, and matching edges that could have been glued as miters? How would you have then cut the pieces to achieve the desired structure?

This was a relatively easy and fun project to complete and I thought it didn’t turn out as ugly as it could have….but I’m biased. It’s like that little poem my Mom use to recite, “a nadie le apestan sus peos, ni sus hijos le estan feos.”

Thanks for watching and reading, I look forward to any response addressing the geometry and joinery questions.

BTW, no idea what the wood is, just that it had some flaws I left in on purpose

-- Dreaming of the day I might joint two pieces of wood square..........

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#1 posted 07-28-2017 12:56 PM

Nice lamp, Mario!!
In order to hide the end grain, draw out the shape you want and then measure the angles on the corners and put half of that degree on each piece coming together and they will come to a point with no end grain showing


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

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#2 posted 07-29-2017 03:41 PM

Thank you for the compliment Jim, means a lot coming from a great artist like yourself. Thank you as well for addressing my question.

Initially I wanted to make three equal parts that would be tapered towards a thinner top. Although something about it tells me that there would be a change in the angles to get no end grain showing, at the same time I can think that every “slice” should conform to the same three parts coming together, I’m thinking 60 degrees using your formula.

But then, how do I safely put that bevel (right word?) on each side of a tapered piece (hopefully on the tablesaw)? If you have any ideas I’d love to hear them.

BTW, I was really exited and happy for you seeing that you have the skills and equipment to work metal. I enjoy trying to make things but lack the knowledge and skills that many of you lumberjocks have. I want to try some more lamp designs, and knowing more about electricity would be a plus. I also hope to learn to weld someday, so if you will and can share, what do you recommend as an entry level for welding? stick? “mig”?, I don’t have 220 in the garage, is it possible and worth it to do it on 110 volts?

forgive me for all the questions, but if I may sort o’quote you, trying to learn something new today :-) Mario

-- Dreaming of the day I might joint two pieces of wood square..........

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