Table Lamp

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 05-26-2020 11:51 PM 1090 views 2 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This started when my wife bought this copper lam shade at the Gem show in Tucson two years ago. I was to make a fitting lamp for it and I had to wait until I could cut a big tapered round piece off a mesquite log. Well I was given that log last winter and brought home this piece of green mesquite. I dried it in the microwave for a day and had a few cracks but then it was dry.

I turned off the natural edge because I wanted it to be symmetrical. I also wanted to experiment with a few things so I put in a touch control that is triggered by the little brass button in the front and I also wired the trigger to the harp so you can touch the shade and trigger the 3 levels of light with that.

I wanted to experiment with glow-in- the- dark powder in epoxy resin ,so this lamp has a small pool of blue resin just below the shade that glows when the light is turned off ( last shot).

For a finishing touch, I made a mesquite knob for the top of the shade and I found out that a lamp harp does not have a standard thread…it is 1/4” -27 so I had to buy that special tap to thread the hole in the knob.

It is one piece of mesquite 6 1/2” x 10” x 18” High and finished with satin Polyurethane.

I added some process shots below:

cheers, Jim
Starting it on the lathe

Milling the pocket in the bottom for the touch control box

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

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#1 posted 05-27-2020 12:54 AM

Turned out real nice Jim, should get some browny points for it. Cheers.

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

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#2 posted 05-27-2020 12:55 AM

nice one jim goes very well with the shade.

-- 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 05-27-2020 01:05 AM

That’s really quite the undertaking with a great outcome. Some nice touches with the modern switching and touch feature.

-- 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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#4 posted 05-27-2020 01:55 AM

Nice lamp, Jim. I lie the way you shaped the base to match the shade.

-- Mel,

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#5 posted 05-27-2020 02:48 AM

Jim I’ll start off by saying the shade is a great Southwestern theme. Nice touch with the touch button and for changing the light levels. All around a beautiful lamp.
I have the same idea of some glow in the dark epoxy but for a table coming up.

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

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#6 posted 05-27-2020 06:16 AM

Your wife picked out a real nice lamp shade Jim. I can see why you did a good job on the base. We have a lamp with the 3 level touch switch. Each time we have a power bump it turns the light on or one notch brighter. The grandchildren love it!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#7 posted 05-27-2020 07:59 AM

Very FLASH Jim.
Great job.


-- 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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#8 posted 05-27-2020 08:50 AM

You, sir, are a nut, and a genius.

-- Mark

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#9 posted 05-27-2020 09:52 AM

Definitely a unique lamp Jim… beautiful work sir!!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#10 posted 05-27-2020 11:11 AM

WOW!!! That is a BEAUTY Jim…every picture is GREAT….But I particularly like Picture 4.

Good progress shots too. Well done!!!


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#11 posted 05-27-2020 12:07 PM


I wondered how that glow in the dark epoxy would work. Looks pretty cool.

A vertical mill sure comes in handy.

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

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#12 posted 05-27-2020 02:06 PM

Nicely done Jim. The base matches the shade beautifully.

-- 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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#13 posted 05-27-2020 03:05 PM

What? A SW style lamp created while away from your SW digs?

Either way, nice one Jim!

The glowing fill is a cool accent and of course your lathe work is top notch as usual, though that initial spin up looks nice and scary 8^)

Did you do the heat coloring on the shade?

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#14 posted 05-27-2020 06:50 PM

Again, your wife and you made miracle! Very nice lamp!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 05-27-2020 08:43 PM

Beautiful turning! Happy wife = happy life. Well done!

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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