12 volt lamp

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Project by lumberdustjohn posted 10-06-2011 04:39 PM 2087 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Style, rails, pole and top are made from Grey Elm stained in a medium brown.

The Glue up designs were made from Maple and Walnut and clear coated.

Glue ups were not difficult. Just stack a pair of boards that contrast in color, tape them together and run them through one direction (RIP) in the band saw. Switch pieces in the stack, reglue them together. sand them flat. Tape them together again rotate a quarter turn (Crosscut). Back through the band saw, switch pieces in the stack, glue them back up and ready for sanding.

Built this for a neighbor that doesn’t have electricity.

No solar power charger on this one…..yet.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#1 posted 10-06-2011 04:41 PM

Pictures came out a little darker than what it actually is.
The pictures don’t show off the beautiful Elm grain.

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#2 posted 10-06-2011 05:44 PM

So does he charge the battery at your house also.

Nice looking stands. What are the bulbs. Automotive style?

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#3 posted 10-06-2011 05:49 PM

Bulbs are a 12 v dc flourescent.
LED’s are getting pretty popular for these and will take over when the prices get more reasonable.
Flourescent are about $10 and LED are $50.

He has a generator in his barn which he plugs a battery charger into.
Not permitted to run it for the home.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#4 posted 10-06-2011 06:40 PM

Very nice!

The Maple, & Elm blend well together.

You’re smart not to charge in the house, because of the Hydrogen gas danger.

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#5 posted 10-06-2011 09:39 PM

Great use of the Alice in Wonderland pattern…

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#6 posted 10-06-2011 10:22 PM

thats a really neet lamp, lots of work in the shapes there, for a minute i thought it was some kind of bomb …lol…pul the chain…say good bye…but its a fine piece of work and would look great in my house…just in case you ever want to get rid of it john

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#7 posted 10-06-2011 11:53 PM

Nice looking lamp.

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#8 posted 10-07-2011 01:21 AM


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#9 posted 10-07-2011 05:08 AM

That’s cool! very whimsical! he could make a wind mill from a chevy alternator to charge.

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