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Project by recycle1943 posted 08-19-2021 12:08 PM 683 views 0 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK, so it’s just a lamp to you but to me it’s a major first ! The reason it’s important to me is that this is my first lamp with a round stem, base and upper support, all of which was shaped on my nova lathe. That is a major step forward considering I’ve had this Nova for several years and never did anything worth talking about until now.
The lamp support is walnut with a wormy chestnut center. There is a significant reason for this in that the shade is made of 8 segments per cut. 4 segments are wormy and 4 are walnut in alternating fashion. The first picture clearly shows this and looking a little closer you can see how the resin shows a different color tone against the wormy and yet a darker color against the walnut.
Getting back to the lamp base or stem or riser, whatever it might be called started out as a 3” square x 10” long block. I guess it would resemble a huge pen blank.
By the time I got it together and because of no planning or blue print I decided it was too big and disproportionate to the shade. So I sliced off a 3/16” slab from all 4 sides in an attempt to maintain symmetry and then glued a round block to that. Now you can understand why I come up with so many cut offs and sometimes scrap.
2 of the trays in a previous post are the cut offs from this lamp.
Before I glued the block on I free handed cut the corners off on the band saw and ended up with an 8 sided block and what I thought would be easier to shape.
Bottom line, I used one of my round carbide cutters and the one with a sort of flat edge to make the block round then used a block of wood the same length as my stem to get it somewhat flat. Of course there were some ridges but it was pretty close to the same diameter from one end to the other. A hard block with sandpaper and an outside caliper and just a few minutes it was acceptable.
Here’s the 2 trays made from the cut offs

Everybody have a GREAT day and thanks for looking

-- 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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HokieKen

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#1 posted 08-19-2021 12:20 PM

Fabulous work Dick, as usual :-) I really like the wood selections and the epoxy colors match them very well. Turning is fun ain’t it ;-) Nice way to use your offcuts too. The trays are really nice!

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 08-19-2021 12:26 PM

Nice job putting that lathe to use, Dick!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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recycle1943

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#3 posted 08-19-2021 12:42 PM



Fabulous work Dick, as usual :-) I really like the wood selections and the epoxy colors match them very well. Turning is fun ain t it ;-) Nice way to use your offcuts too. The trays are really nice!

- HokieKen


Thanks Ken
Yeah it is fun and if I weren’t so lazy I’d take a lesson or two if for no other reason just to learn what the tools are called


Nice job putting that lathe to use, Dick!

- Dave Polaschek

I’ve been making plugs for bowls and lamps but nothing this big. kinda fun – gotta learn about speed

-- 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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Woodchuckswife

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#4 posted 08-19-2021 01:19 PM

Very nice job.
Chuck

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Oldtool

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#5 posted 08-19-2021 01:24 PM

Nice lathe work, lamp look great. I especially like the resin in the shade, nice visual effect when turned on.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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recycle1943

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#6 posted 08-19-2021 01:48 PM



Very nice job.
Chuck

- Woodchuckswife


Nice lathe work, lamp look great. I especially like the resin in the shade, nice visual effect when turned on.

- Oldtool

Thanks Chuck & Tom

-- 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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doubleDD

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#7 posted 08-19-2021 01:54 PM

This lamp seems to have more appeal to it. Maybe the round lathe work? haha. Nice work Dick.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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GR8HUNTER

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#8 posted 08-19-2021 02:01 PM

as said before they keep getting better and better GREAT JOB :<)))))))) GRATZ TOP 3

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

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#9 posted 08-19-2021 03:01 PM

real nice work dick looks great.ive been wondering when you were gonna get the turning going.now that you have ill bet it’s gonna be getting a good work out.

-- 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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recycle1943

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#10 posted 08-19-2021 03:14 PM



This lamp seems to have more appeal to it. Maybe the round lathe work? haha. Nice work Dick.

- doubleDD

Thanks but I’m still half scared of it – it’ll be a while before anything significant


as said before they keep getting better and better GREAT JOB :<)))))))) GRATZ TOP 3

- GR8HUNTER

Thanks Tony

-- 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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recycle1943

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#11 posted 08-19-2021 03:17 PM



real nice work dick looks great.ive been wondering when you were gonna get the turning going.now that you have ill bet it s gonna be getting a good work out.

- pottz


I’m not too sure about that – as I said I still have an enormous amount of respect for it (that’s a laymans term for FEAR )

-- 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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pottz

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#12 posted 08-19-2021 03:22 PM


real nice work dick looks great.ive been wondering when you were gonna get the turning going.now that you have ill bet it s gonna be getting a good work out.

- pottz

I m not too sure about that – as I said I still have an enormous amount of respect for it (that s a laymans term for FEAR )

- recycle1943


i hear ya dick i was the same way when i started turning bowls,but the more you use it the more confident you’ll get.turning spindles for your lamp bases is pretty safe.

-- 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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oldrivers

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#13 posted 08-19-2021 09:01 PM

A Dandy lamp you did a Great job.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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therealSteveN

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#14 posted 08-19-2021 09:12 PM

Nice lamp Dick. Great that you are getting to use the lathe too.

I’m really liking that Wormy Chestnut. Kinda looks Oakey on the lamp, but the trays are fabulous. As always, love the lit shots of the lamp.

-- Think safe, be safe

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DevinT

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#15 posted 08-19-2021 09:28 PM

The clear parts, ... frosted plexiglass? Did you frost it yourself?

-- Devin, SF, CA

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