Scrap Wood Pole Lamp

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Project by oldguy2 posted 07-17-2018 11:31 AM 1046 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked for some Scrap wood ideas. I had made this from Handy Man Magazine years ago. It is done in 3 parts and be patient with the glue up and read along. Adjust your tools and wood accordingly. this base is 12 in by 1.5 with 5 balls underneath for stability and room for the cord. There are 3 pole sections each separate glue ups your design should match, I had to cut my top section to make the whole lamp 52 inch high at the end of the project. each of these has 2 tenons 3 curves and 2 rings. Important… in the glue up leave a 5/8 opening for the wire and this will be plugged for turning and become the centers. plugs will be drilled out. so basically a 14 by 4 in sandwich of whatever you want with the opening. turned these were about 1.5 round by 12 with 1 in tenons. third part. the 3 larger round sections…another large glue up same large glue up, turn to about 3 inch or 2 and 3/4 round by 3 inch lengths. you need 4 can like parts..bottom, 2 spacers, a top. this was massive when it was turning but easy. these will be drilled later for the tenons. Sand everything on the lathe as much as you can. I think mine was pallet wood and oak. and a maple stain with poly. Dry fit the sections for straight after drilling. I only have an 8 inch tube for the lamp socket then the harp. your design of the straight sections can be simple or these have just slight in our curves. I have been working on a table lamp of this same plan with a larger vase like center same glue up and base from 8 pie like sections of scrap. Best wishes. Hal

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#1 posted 07-17-2018 02:14 PM

Thats a great looking lamp. A good way to use your scrap wood and make a wonderful project. Thanks for inspiring

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#2 posted 07-17-2018 03:36 PM

Nice looking light!

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#3 posted 07-17-2018 04:03 PM

You did a nice job on this lamp.

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#4 posted 07-17-2018 05:39 PM

Good job on the pole lamp.

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#5 posted 07-17-2018 06:21 PM

Hal, my wood scraps never looked that good -

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#6 posted 07-17-2018 06:37 PM

That turned out really nice.

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#7 posted 07-17-2018 11:03 PM

I followed the plans. It is an early project of mine. Thanks to all. hey I am pleased this made the Top 15 of the Day. Great Makes you keep on trying to get in the Shop.

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#8 posted 07-18-2018 01:25 PM

Nice work, and from scraps.

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