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Project by Eric posted 07-18-2011 04:54 AM 2804 views 16 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Lantern inspired by WWMM:


This was my first run at this project. My next version will be 100% cedar with a 7 watt bulb. I’d like to try my hand with a shellac finish too. I know nothing about shellac.

This was my first project with a mitered edge framing around the scrap birch plywood top. I am pleased with how that came out.

My favorite parts are the tapered posts. I planed them by hand.

I dislike the aspen panel’s stain. I feel the cheap pine posts looks better with a prestain followed by a mahogany gel and poly. I just can’t get apsen to look pleasing.

-- Eric

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#1 posted 07-18-2011 05:50 AM

I really like this idea. Nice work.

-- Nick, AZ. Wood is a canvas for God's art work, it is our job as woodworkers to figur out the best way to display it.

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#2 posted 07-18-2011 03:26 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks, nice looking latern, I like the look of those tapered corner posts. Shellac is an
easy and forgiving finish to use, but I tend to use sealcoat as a base for verathane. Jump in and experiment,
it ain’t rocket science, but it is fun. What type of cedar are you planning on using for the next project?
Thank you for sharing, and enjoy your shop.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#3 posted 07-18-2011 04:12 PM

Normal western red. I’m actually going to use a piece of carsiding. I found I beautiful 8’ piece with a single knot! The endgrain is almost a quartersawn pattern so the face grain is outstanding.

-- Eric

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James Frederick

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#4 posted 07-30-2011 12:21 AM

Well done, I just built a deck in my back yard and I know what i am going to do this week end. Build some lanterns for the corners. They look great. Thanks

-- Change begins somewhere may as well be with me.

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#5 posted 07-31-2011 04:49 AM

Hi James,

I’m working on my second one for my parents to take to FL with them this winter. I am using shellac. Bluepine38 is right, shellac is pretty easy but it you’re a firstime shellac-er follow the directions and DO NOT try to touch up your work before it dries. I have some heavy spots that are being difficult to tame down now. Nevertheless, shellac looks great on this project. Be sure to post your lantern when complete.

I failed to mention above, there is sanded acryllic inside the window slots that diffuses the light beautifully. That idea is from Pop. Woodworking link above.

-- Eric

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#6 posted 10-26-2011 05:20 PM

I hope you were safer building it than the guy in the inspired video…I cringed to see his router table handling.

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