Madrone Bullet Hole Sequel: The Table Lamp

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Project by Lazyman posted 10-07-2020 03:49 AM 1300 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this lamp from the remnants of the Texas madrone log from which I made the Bullet Hole Bowl I previously posted. I tried to come up with a way to turn this one but it was just too odd to make anther bowl from.

After a little brainstorming, it occurred to me that maybe I could make a wall sconce utilizing the rotted hole to throw interesting patterns on the wall. I cut the log in a square block and sliced off some square cookies. I decided it would be too small for a sconce and instead decided a small lamp would work better. The cookies were book matched to form the 4 sides with a single piece for the top. Each side was simply edge joined and the other edges were beveled for joining the sides and top.

The base was made from a block of Bradford pear by drilling a hole for the fixture and hollowing the bottom of the block to form the arched legs. I used an LED bulb that has a remote that allows you to adjust the color and brightness and can even be set to fade between random colors and sort of looks like an evil presence has taken it over.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#1 posted 10-07-2020 04:18 AM

lets just it’s “bad ass” enough said!!!! i mean most would look at what you started with and threw it in the have vision to see what most never will.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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#2 posted 10-07-2020 04:46 AM

Never seen anything like it. One wild looking project and an excellent job doing it. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#3 posted 10-07-2020 10:59 AM

imagination at work – wow !

-- 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 10-07-2020 11:12 AM

Nice work, Nathan! That came out really pretty!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 10-07-2020 02:15 PM

Oozes cool.

-- Rick M,

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#6 posted 10-07-2020 02:30 PM

a very beautiful lamp Nathan love pic 6 GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#7 posted 10-07-2020 02:55 PM

Very cool Nathan! Nice work using some pretty rough looking stock and making something so unique :-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#8 posted 10-07-2020 04:52 PM

Thank you for making this Nathan. My nephew and his wife both really liked it, especially her. Great idea!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#9 posted 10-07-2020 06:13 PM

Great piece Nathan!
I really like this and the bullet hole bowl. I think you’ve hit on a cool idea/theme.
Craftsmanship is excellent and the fact this is a lamp is even better.
Great piece!

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#10 posted 10-07-2020 08:50 PM

Thanks guys. It was definitely a fun project and I even got a little turning in with the base.

Duck, I’m glad it was well received. I have to admit that it was tough to let go of but you definitely made it worth my while by giving me an even bigger chunk of madrone in exchange. There may be more “bullet hole” themed projects down the road. I’ve still got a wall sconce on my brain.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#11 posted 10-08-2020 02:01 AM

Nice making lemonade from that lemon. The light is fantastic.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#12 posted 10-08-2020 06:19 AM

Nice lamp Nathan

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#13 posted 10-10-2020 03:24 AM

I love how it looks like there is a fire inside.

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#14 posted 10-10-2020 12:53 PM

Thanks Keebler and tazmon.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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