Floor lamp

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Project by cmacnaughton posted 07-07-2020 08:17 PM 662 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Floor lamp, 100% cherry.

First, this lamp only exists through the generosity of a member here who gifted me about 60 BF of cherry and assorted red and white oak. He can identify himself if he chooses, but I’m very grateful for his generosity and hope he’ll be happy to know that wood is going to good use.

I wanted to build a floor lamp to replace an existing “rustic” one I had build close to 20 years ago. I had a general idea of what I wanted to build, but couldn’t find any photos that matched my vision. I built this using a combination of hand and power tools. I dimensioned all the wood on my table saw, including the decorative panel inserts. I cut my tenons by hand as well as boring out (brace and auger) and chiseling mortises. There are 32 mortises and tenons in the column, so it took a bit of time. I did use a router for the panel grooves. All chamfering was done by hand, as well as the cut-outs for the feet on each corner of the base, for which I pared with a chisel and then flattened with a router plane.

I hadn’t originally envisioned the decorative “art deco” inserts for the panels, but once I had the column built I thought it looked a bit stark. And I had these narrow off-cuts from the panels, so I thought, what the hell! I cut them to length and notched them, and used a combination of friction-fit and glue to fix them in place.

It’s finished with a stain and about 6 coats of shellac. If I had to do this over, I would use rub-on poly instead of shellac. One of the many lessons I learned working on this project.

The only piece of equipment I bought for the project was a Stanley no. 47 depth gauge for my brace. What a magnificent little contraption!

And thanks again to _. Your generosity does not go un-noted or unused.

-- –Chuck M. Nutmegger by choice

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#1 posted 07-07-2020 10:00 PM

Great looking lamp.

-- Joel, People ask what I make. I tell them I make sawdust, and now and then a nice box or frame,or clock, or lamp pops out.

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#2 posted 07-07-2020 10:58 PM

Yes, 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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#3 posted 07-07-2020 11:11 PM

That is truly wonderful. But I kind of disagree with calling it art deco. My first impression was and still is arts and craft.
Either way it’s really great looking.

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#4 posted 07-07-2020 11:58 PM

I like it. My first thought was I want to make one. It’s a nice design.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#5 posted 07-08-2020 02:37 AM

I like it. Nice work.

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#6 posted 07-08-2020 02:53 AM

I like the look of this lamp. It has a “classic” quality about it. Congrats!

-- "Faith is a better tool than than fear to process a crisis. Fear views a crisis as a threat. Faith views a crisis as a means for God to work a higher purpose. “

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#7 posted 07-08-2020 10:04 AM

Great job!

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#8 posted 07-08-2020 01:41 PM

Thanks for the compliments, everyone. And Bob, you are correct in identifying this as arts and craft rather than art deco, as I noted. Thanks for the correction.

-- –Chuck M. Nutmegger by choice

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#9 posted 07-08-2020 03:32 PM

Beautiful lamp, I’ve never seen one like that. Congrats on your DT3

-- John D, OP, KS

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#10 posted 07-08-2020 05:09 PM

Great looking A/C project!

One thing that stands out for me is the mass. I see so many floor lamps that look like a small breeze would send them crashing, yours has both style and looks like it will stay put!

Nice work!

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#11 posted 07-11-2020 11:42 PM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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