Walnut and Orange Osage Lamp

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Project by BobFrankly posted 11-14-2017 12:01 AM 987 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project started back in 2015, with this newbie woodworker trying to insert some yellow wood into brown wood. The brown wood was walnut, and remains is even better looking then when I started. The yellow wood is orange osage, which, as I found out, slowly fades to brown as UV light has it’s effect.

I started by routing the profile onto the base. Feeling it needed feet, I took a longer piece of walnut and routed one side, and then the end of the wood. I cut off a squared piece, then re-routed the end again. Repeat until I had 4 feet, glue, clamp, and true up in the table-saw.

Starting on the neck, I did 4 passes on the table saw to do 4 grooves into the panels I made to be the sides of the neck. I cut the orange osage up as best I could and planed down the small pieces until they fit. Once they were all sized, I glued them into the inserts, and after drying, I shaved them down flush.

I then took the boards that were to make up the base of the neck, ran them a few times on the tablesaw to make a channel for the wires, then glued them together. After planing the side flat, I then glued the insert sides to the base of the neck, planed the other sides as well, shaved off the ends on my tablesaw (via crosscut sled).

And then it sat.

and sat.

and sat.

A few months back, I slung some pure tung oil onto it. Did another coat a few days layer. And again it sat.

Then this past weekend, I finally settled on how it would sit on the base, attached it with some 5/16 dowel, ran the power through the neck, and finished it with some wipe on poly. And you can see the results.

-- BobFrankly, California

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#1 posted 11-14-2017 12:42 AM

Very nice! I just posted a lamp I made too! HA HA

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#2 posted 11-14-2017 05:28 PM

This is a beautiful lamp and you did a real nice job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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