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Project by awsum55 posted 12-28-2020 08:58 PM 811 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I installed a light on the wall going down the stairs to my basement shop. I just tapped in to an existing line and installed a ceramic lightbulb fixture. The light was shining in my eyes because it didn’t have a shade.

I got some cardboard and quickly fashioned a temporary shade and that solved the problem for the time being. I left it there for a few months trying to think of how to make something that would look a little better.

I know the dark wood is walnut, but I’m not sure what the other wood is. I first thought it was oak, but I’m not sure. The glass is blue, but when light shines through it it becomes just about clear. It is hand made glass so there are bubbles and the surface has imperfections as you can see when held up to the light.

I cut the oak panels at a 15º angle and glued on the strip of walnut. Then I cut the combined pieces to a ~22º angle and the miter to ~40º. I just purchased my first miter gauge (INCRA 1000SE) and had to see if I liked it better than the one that came with my tablesaw. No contest. Making splayed panels was something I’ve never done before and I had to find a table/chart to help with the math.

The shade is mounted to the wall on a French cleat.

I thought the blue glass would hide the ugly ceramic lightbulb fixture, but the glass became clear and it didn’t hide anything. I had some red oak scraps that looked pretty close to the wood in the shade, but not exact. I made something to cover the fixture and used it for the other half of the French cleat.

The glass is removable for cleaning or if it gets broken and needs to be replaced. The bulb is LED so it doesn’t produce any heat so I opted for no holes in the top.

-- John D, OP, KS





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#1 posted 12-28-2020 09:15 PM

nice sloution and looks damn nice buddy.

-- 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 12-29-2020 01:57 AM

Sharp looking and the difference in woods make it stand out. The finish you used sure makes the grain stand out on the lighter wood. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#3 posted 12-29-2020 02:44 AM

Good looking solution, John.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 12-29-2020 04:35 AM

That is a marketable concept – very sharp stuff.

-- Bstrom

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#5 posted 12-29-2020 05:59 AM

Thanks Pottz, Dave, Bstrom and Mel,


Sharp looking and the difference in woods make it stand out. The finish you used sure makes the grain stand out on the lighter wood. Excellent job !!! Mel

- mel52

I used Golden Oak Briwax after Natural Danish Oil. First time I tried that was on the tiger maple I used on my Brother-in-law’s urn. I like how it warms up the color.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#6 posted 12-29-2020 08:15 AM

Wow! This looks realy fantastic! So unique and beautiful.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 12-29-2020 02:33 PM

I like it a lot. I like how you used the cardboard mockup as a pattern. I’m a big fan of making quick models with paper or cardboard just to experiment.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#8 posted 12-29-2020 02:45 PM

That is really neat John – it’s all good but my favorite part might be the french cleat

-- 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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#9 posted 12-29-2020 02:56 PM

+1 on the clete! Excellent solution, looks great and the clete is a perfect no-hassle way to change a bulb (in 24000 hours when the original blows 8^)

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#10 posted 12-29-2020 03:07 PM

GR8 Idea the cardboard one was a prototype GREAT JOB :<)))) GRATZ TOP 3

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

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#11 posted 12-29-2020 11:51 PM



Wow! This looks realy fantastic! So unique and beautiful.

- Ivan

Thanks for the compliment Ivan


I like it a lot. I like how you used the cardboard mockup as a pattern. I m a big fan of making quick models with paper or cardboard just to experiment.

- swirt

I use cardboard for tons of things. I’m sure you know once cardboard is glued to itself with the grain going opposite directions it’s very strong.


That is really neat John – it s all good but my favorite part might be the french cleat

- recycle1943

Thanks Dick


+1 on the clete! Excellent solution, looks great and the clete is a perfect no-hassle way to change a bulb (in 24000 hours when the original blows 8^)

- splintergroup

Thanks bud, that made me laugh.


GR8 Idea the cardboard one was a prototype GREAT JOB :<)))) GRATZ TOP 3

- GR8HUNTER

Thanks Tony

-- John D, OP, KS

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