Christmas lamps

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Project by Andrew posted 01-04-2011 01:32 AM 2032 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made 9 of these in total, but was so caught up in getting things done some were boxed up for shipping before I thought to take a picture. Anyway a majority of the lamps are made from cherry 4X4s that were solid cherry, but finger jointed 3/4” boards with a 1/8” veneer around the outside. if you look closely at the last picture you can see the fingerjoints on the neck and the veneer “football ” on the largest part of the “bulb”. The rest of the “log lamps” are made from elm, honey locust, and box elder. In the second picture you can see the box elder lamp had a limb coming out of the base, I think where it was cut off looks like the face of an owl. I also made the chocolates, a little over 1000 pieces, my wife packaged them. It took her 6 hours to do so. God bless her. Anyway the lamp shades were made mostly from poplar (6) that a friend gave me, she has a really wet back yard, and the growth rings were almost an inch apart, very uninteresting wood, but great for this purpose. 3 more were turned from willow, a little harder to turn but they show some grain. The close up is poplar. So this is what I made for Christmas presents, and now that I am done I am getting my upthehill nieghbor MetalMike to make me a custom tool rest to make more of these without the tool being 4 – 5 inches over the tool rest, it was nerve racking to make these, as you get closer to the final cuts you get more and more nervous about what you are attempting to do.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#1 posted 01-04-2011 01:43 AM

Wow! These are absolutely gorgeous! I love the all wood shades. I made a lamp as a gift for Christmas too but not as nice as these!

-- You're not a real wood worker until you've been to the Emergency one year...wait a minute, this isn't right.

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#2 posted 01-04-2011 02:26 AM

By the way, in the first picture there is an angel without her wings, I glued them back on yesterday. No I did not break them off.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#3 posted 01-04-2011 04:23 AM


I’m glad I don’t have to try to keep up with you! We’re glad you told us the lampshades were turned too, otherwise we would have thought they were silk. They’re incredible!

How do we get on your Christmas list?


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#4 posted 01-04-2011 05:53 AM

These are fantastic! Just beautiful….. And The Shades….Outstanding!!!!!!

Thanks for Sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#5 posted 01-04-2011 08:01 PM

Wow. Please – what’s your process for making the shades?

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