Mission Style Lamps

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Project by Tooch posted 02-17-2019 01:32 PM 674 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project that we have done at school for about the last 10 years or so, but I realized recently that I’ve never actually finished one myself! Fairly simple, but it is a good lesson in basic joinery methods and face gluing symmetrical pieces.

These lamps are made from Ambrosia Maple, a species with which I’ve developed a love affair with as of late. Don’t tell the oak that’s in my shop, I don’t want it to get jealous. Once the column is glued up, we use basic dowel joinery and center mark transfers to match up the holes on the top and bottom (picture 6)

Another thing that this project sets up at school is the unit on mass production. I use several jigs so that the students become familiar with things like stop blocks (for the wire slot routed on bottom) so they learn the benefits of them when making a bunch of pieces. Next we will do a class mass production run.

The base piece is 6”x6”, and the overall height is approx 14”. The finish was several coats of spray lacquer to preserve the nice white color of the maple. Now that my job is done, I figured I’ll let the boss (wife) pick out the lamp shades. These will be the lamps we use in our new room, which we just moved into on Friday, 472 Days after we started construction (Halloween 2017).

Thanks for looking, comments welcome and feedback appreciated!

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

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#1 posted 02-17-2019 02:05 PM

Lots of good basic woodworking techniques on that Tooch I can see why it’s a favorite. It turned out great. I have to agree, the Ambrosia Maple is always a nice lumber to work with.

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

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#2 posted 02-17-2019 03:43 PM

Love the look of that wood and the lamp bases are a nice way to display it.

Great idea for teaching, the use of jigs and fixtures is so fundamental to WW and it’s wonderful you are instilling this idea early on.

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#3 posted 02-17-2019 03:54 PM

Very stylish lamps, very attractive design. Wood looks great too

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 02-17-2019 05:19 PM

Really think a wood veneer lamp shade is in order? Thinking Walnut frame(square) and Birch Veneer? Or perhaps matching Ambrosia Maple Round? The logical step forward? :)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#5 posted 02-17-2019 06:38 PM

Those look good. Love the maple. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#6 posted 02-18-2019 03:02 AM

Beautiful lamps, Mike. Great wood used in them!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#7 posted 02-19-2019 03:03 AM

Great job on the lamps Tooch!

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

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