Prototype Mission Style Lamp

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Project by Lone Raven Woodworks posted 05-17-2020 10:24 PM 895 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a prototype of what I think of as “Splintergroup’s Lamp.” To the extent my skills allow, it is a shameless copy of this, without some of the beautiful details my current skills don’t allow. And I can’t thank splintergroup enough for his series of blog posts on making the shade, which saved me months of figuring stuff out.

This prototype is made of alder and finished with sprayed-on shellac (just the Zinsser canned stuff). There were a couple of small faults in the wood I filled with crushed turquoise. I’m not sure why the one picture is sideways – it looks right on my computer. I have more to learn about posting here.

Although it’s hard to see in these pictures, the tails on the shade are slightly different, in that I continued the dado on the “vertical” shade pieces further down the tail. I have already finished some walnut versions of this lamp and I’ll have better pictures when I post those. I’m also working on some QSWO lamps of this design, although I’ve had to take a break from that project to complete a small farmhouse table and bench.

The body of the lamp is made of four solid boards, each tapering one degree on each edge. The four sides are then glued into the tapered column using lock miter joints. This particular lamp is now in the office of a young friend, who is an up-and-coming lawyer. I’ll have to give him one of the walnut ones when he makes partner. :-)

-- Brian

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#1 posted 05-17-2020 10:43 PM

Prototype my arse! You’ve got it dead on! Very nice work and design. It screams “mission” and is a classic example of the genre. Nice.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#2 posted 05-18-2020 12:07 AM

looks pretty damn good to me,i love the warm glow from the shade,alder is a great wood,the turquoise looks great.nice work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 05-18-2020 01:53 AM

I like it. Nice work.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 05-18-2020 11:01 AM

very nice lamp -

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 05-18-2020 03:03 PM

I don’t know what to say but a sincere “thanks” for the kind words 8^)

Your lamp looks great!, I’m glad you are planning to make more, these should last many years for the recipients to keep on display and use daily.

The inlay is a cool idea, yet another way to embellish the stem!

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#6 posted 05-18-2020 03:25 PM

Beautiful piece! I’m looking forward to your QSWO version too.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#7 posted 05-18-2020 05:29 PM

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#8 posted 05-22-2020 04:45 PM

Looks good to me. I’ve got to try one of these.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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