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Project by MUST58GT posted 09-20-2018 03:58 PM 984 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son came home with a broken lamp fixture from his work and suggested making a tortoise shell out of wood as a “lamp shade”. So, I did!

A few pieces of scrap cedar from a deck remodel provided the basis for a wood slab large enough for this project. After some serious carving and sanding with a variety of hand and power tools, it started to look a bit more like something a turtle might be inclined to crawl into and make his/her home.

I cut and sanded the last few details with a Dremel tool, hand sanded a few more hours and then finished the tortoise shell with a few coats of semi-gloss lacquer. Now it sits in our living room and makes a great night light, of sorts.

-- Richard, Austin TX - "Every repair job is really just an upgrade oppty in disguise!"





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Mark

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#1 posted 09-20-2018 04:39 PM

I think thats pretty cool RDT. well done.

-- Mark

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fivecodys

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#2 posted 09-20-2018 09:00 PM

I agree. Very cool. My first thought was “Ninja Turtle Lamp”!
I have never seen anything like it.

-- When you leave your shop for the night, make sure you can always count to 10.

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IantheTinker

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#3 posted 09-20-2018 10:27 PM

Well done! The lamp itself is really cool, but your tortoise shell shade is even cooler. I would love to attempt something similar one day.

-- opiningminnesotan.com

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#4 posted 09-20-2018 10:55 PM

Very Nice Indeed & Well Done!

Regards: Rick S.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#5 posted 09-21-2018 01:16 AM

Great carving. Looks very natural.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#6 posted 09-21-2018 03:48 PM

Real piece of art, very impressive.

-- If your going to your mums.... can I go in the shed ?

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#7 posted 09-21-2018 05:11 PM

Well.. this is realy something!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 09-22-2018 05:19 PM

Just showed this to my wife and said isn’t this brilliant !! She said it looks like Worf’s forehead (Star Trek Next Generation)........ Women… what do they know LOL !!!

-- If your going to your mums.... can I go in the shed ?

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#9 posted 09-22-2018 05:35 PM

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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#10 posted 09-23-2018 02:09 AM

What a great idea and well done to boot. I could see this as set of wall sconces.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#11 posted 09-23-2018 05:37 AM

I like that, your son had a real good idea and you really carried it out!
Nice job.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#12 posted 10-14-2018 02:45 PM



Just showed this to my wife and said isn’t this brilliant !! She said it looks like Worf’s forehead (Star Trek Next Generation)........ Women… what do they know LOL !!!

- Markslawes

Too funny. I was working on a jewelry box recently and, honestly, was a bit pleased with how it was coming along. About half way through the build, a good friend saw it and said, “Is that a birdhouse?”.

I’ve never received any awards for sensitivity but that smarted a bit … and I haven’t touched it since. The “birdhouse” now sits unfinished in the corner of my workshop :(

-- Richard, Austin TX - "Every repair job is really just an upgrade oppty in disguise!"

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Lazyman

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#13 posted 10-14-2018 02:51 PM

Based upon your tortoise shell, I’ll bet it is one hell of a bird house! ;-)

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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