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Project by Eeyore posted 08-09-2020 05:38 PM 523 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just as a fast one-day build, I made this Japanese frame lantern from some 3/4” oak I had left over from other projects. The outside is a plastic-reinforced shoji paper called Warlon Taf-Top. The lighting unit is from a flicker-flame solar LED path light you can get at the Home Despot. The lighting unit drops in and rests on top of the diagonal braces that are just under the top rails. The rails are joined to the posts with glued mortise and tenon joinery.

I cut all the pieces to dimension on the band saw, and also used the band saw to cut the tenons on the end of the horizontal rails. The rails are 6 inches wide between the posts. The posts are 12 inches tall. I didn’t bother with any sanding, but I did plane off the saw marks with a Japanese hand plane.

While cutting the mortises into the posts on my mortising machine, I snapped the auger bit! I wasn’t cutting that far into the oak, so I maybe I was just working too fast? Sigh. I finished up by drilling out the mortises with a hand drill, then chiseling them square with the mortiser chisel in a wooden handle.

-- Elliott C. "Eeyore" Evans





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Eeyore

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#1 posted 08-09-2020 05:43 PM

I also posted this project to my blog – http://www.ee0r.com/blog-new/oak-solar-flicker-lantern/

-- Elliott C. "Eeyore" Evans

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#2 posted 08-10-2020 01:31 AM

You got me, I love it!
First because it’s Japanese style, second because it glows so beatifully!
Nice project.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#3 posted 08-10-2020 01:45 AM

Beautiful Job, I like the fact it was only a day in the shop. Love the Japanese style

-- Eric, building the dream

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#4 posted 08-10-2020 07:45 PM

Looks really nice! The way the “paper” wraps all the way around the outside of the posts really gives it a unique look, and there is no way there will be gaps between the “shades” and the posts. How did you “join” the ends of the shade, so it looks like a continuous piece?

-- Most of my tools are older than I am

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#5 posted 08-10-2020 11:00 PM

Very creative and well made.
I’m building Japanese style pendant lights with a 60 watt led bulb for my hall ceiling.
Would this paper work on the inside of the light frame?

-- James E McIntyre

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Eeyore

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#6 posted 08-10-2020 11:31 PM

How did you “join” the ends of the shade, so it looks like a continuous piece?
There is an overlap at one of the corners. The seam is visible, but not at night. :)

-- Elliott C. "Eeyore" Evans

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Eeyore

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#7 posted 08-10-2020 11:39 PM

I’m building Japanese style pendant lights with a 60 watt led bulb for my hall ceiling.
Would this paper work on the inside of the light?
If you know that you want a more rigid exterior on your lights, maybe go with a paper-like film on the glass, or a laminated paper? The best selection of shoji materials I have found in North America is https://www.eshoji.com/ . If you send them email, they can be very helpful in selecting materials based on your application.

-- Elliott C. "Eeyore" Evans

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#8 posted 08-11-2020 04:08 PM

Beautiful build and it looks wonderful at night!
I like the blending of machines and handtools.
Great job.
Jon

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