Dodecahedron Lamp Copy.....but not!

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Project by papadan posted 08-08-2017 08:21 PM 1980 views 6 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Asked about these angles a while back, finally got them right and got this lamp built. This is a Dodecahedron hanging lamp which is a framework of Pentagons. The electrical is a couple sockets with large Edison styled bulbs. The junction box is 2 pentagons screwed together with the centers cut out to make it a box for the light connections. The overall height is 42” with the frame work being 21”. Each strip of Walnut is 9” long. The frame is constructed out of 60 pieces of Walnut that are ripped at 31.7 degrees with 36 degree angles at each end.

All the Dodecahedron lights I have seen have one bulb and the top pentagon is covered by a full size piece of wood by which the lamp is hung and the light suspended. My version has the dual light junction box suspended by chains as is the whole fixture. These changes prevent my light from being a copy of someone else .

I built this lamp as a one board challenge from the Kyanna Woodcrafters Club. In June, the club issued 8’ Walnut boards to the members that signed up for the contest. The club meets on the first Thursday of each month and we will be judged by the members at the September meeting. No prizes involved, just bragging rights for a year. LOL

Questions or comments, good or bad are welcome. I am considering writing a blog on this build, but not sure yet. Thanks for looking. Dan

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#1 posted 08-08-2017 08:30 PM

Pythagorus would be impressed!

-- The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. – George Bernard Shaw

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#2 posted 08-08-2017 08:31 PM

Nice job Dan!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 08-08-2017 09:36 PM

I bet this was lotsa fun to glue / clamp up …GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#4 posted 08-08-2017 09:50 PM

Thanks guys! Tony, it was a real PITA. ;-)

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#5 posted 08-08-2017 10:05 PM

very impressive work papa id say you may have those bragging rights,nice job.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#6 posted 08-08-2017 10:30 PM

Wow that’s amazing great job,looks super.


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#7 posted 08-08-2017 10:41 PM

Pythagorus would be impressed!

- BenDupre


Awesome job, Dan. I really thing the suspended center adds that special touch. Are the light bulbs LEDs?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 08-08-2017 10:43 PM

Nice work Dan! We assumed you knew all the angles. Now we have proof ;)

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#9 posted 08-09-2017 03:50 AM

Thanks everyone, lew the bulbs are LED

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#10 posted 08-09-2017 09:04 AM

That’s pretty cool.

-- Theresa,

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#11 posted 08-09-2017 12:36 PM

This is a beautiful lamp and done so nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 08-09-2017 01:13 PM

Really cool. The more I think about this the more my head hurts. Awesome project.

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#13 posted 08-09-2017 03:18 PM

The math is making my head hurt, also…I wouldn’t ever hang that in my house, because it would give me a constant headache… (-:

...and to think I once did math puzzles for fun…

Great solution to a one board challenge…

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#14 posted 08-09-2017 05:16 PM

Thank You to everyone for helping make this project a Daily Top 3

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#15 posted 08-09-2017 06:06 PM

Nice work … congrats on the Top Three rating.

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