Cedar Lamp

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 12-20-2017 05:50 PM 1548 views 2 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a lamp made from the red cedar that I received from LJ Bushmaster on his trip to Michigan. Thanks Brian!! It came from his Alma Mater, Andrews University, in Berrien Springs, Mi.. I had a couple pieces laying in the barn and this one said it wanted to be a lamp!!

It is hollowed from the bottom and then finish turned on a dovetailed mortise in the bottom that I put a plug in after it was wired. There were some large open areas that were filled with cedar dust and epoxy. I hollowed it to try to prevent any cracking as it was pretty green wood.

It is 7” in diameter and 8” high excluding the harp and finished with Danish Oil and gloss Poly with a UV inhibitor to try to keep the red color in it.

In the spring, I’ll attempt to make a lampshade for it.

Cheers, and Merry Christmas to all LJ’s and their families everywhere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...............................Jim

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

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#1 posted 12-20-2017 06:05 PM

Nice work, cedar is always beautiful and you enhanced it too. Bushmaster is always a big help on may things too.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 12-20-2017 06:17 PM

Looks beautiful. I hope it retains the color!!

Bet the shop smelled great while turning it!

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

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#3 posted 12-20-2017 07:42 PM

Looks great Jim, that poly really makes the color contrast pop out…..

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#4 posted 12-20-2017 08:06 PM

You did a great job making this after it said what it wanted to be, you must of been listening well. That has to be one of the best pieces of cedar I’ve seen in a long time. Well done Jim.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 12-20-2017 10:41 PM

Wow the shine on your lamp!!! Where are my sunglasses??? Love the look and love that huge knot! Nice work Jim!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#6 posted 12-20-2017 10:47 PM

A real character piece of timber there Jim, bet it will come up great with a nice shade & the lighting coming back down on it. love that inclusion it adds something to it
cheers bud

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#7 posted 12-20-2017 11:00 PM

That has come up real nice Jim, the grain has really shone with the poly.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#8 posted 12-20-2017 11:03 PM

The grain in this lamp is just beautiful. Nicely done Jim.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#9 posted 12-21-2017 12:07 AM

Love that wood and the light also.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#10 posted 12-21-2017 01:07 AM

Awesome Jim. Merry Christmas to you and yours, hopefully you get finished up with a your projects before the big day

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#11 posted 12-21-2017 01:19 AM

Jim, great contrast of colour in that one!.

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

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#12 posted 12-21-2017 02:41 AM

Very pretty, so glad you where able to make some thing out of that wood. It lives on… even though it was cut down minutes before I arrived. You did a mighty fine job.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#13 posted 12-21-2017 02:53 AM

Always love your work sur

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#14 posted 12-21-2017 03:55 AM

Looking good Jim, hope there’s a Genie in there!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#15 posted 12-21-2017 04:04 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments.

Hi Mike. I got two more turned today and have 2 more to go. I have those elves on overtime!!

Hi Brian, it had just a minimum of cracking before I hollowed it even though it was so fresh cut! The next thing is to come up with a shade design. I’m thinking of staves laced with leather. Maybe it will tell me what it wants?????

Merry Christmas to all Lumberjocks. You all are the greatest!!!!!!!!!!.....................Cheers,Jim

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

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