Knotty Pendant Lamp

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Project by fissionchips posted 05-16-2012 10:22 PM 2509 views 15 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Welcome to my second veneer lamp post. The first project can be found here.

This time around we have a knot in maple, but not the discouraging kind of knot. This is a trefoil knot, the simplest non-trivial knot according to Wikipedia.

The design is courtesy of the amazing duo behind LZF lamps. Do check out their site, they have a remarkable array of lamps.

If you can tie an overhand knot you can make this lamp. The ratio of length to width is 12:1, so serendipitously a 96” roll of 8” wide veneer fits the bill. The veneer must not contain glue seams because they are liable to come apart when bending. Regarding the choice of material, birch’s even grain gives a warm glow, while maple shows off its stripes when lit from behind.

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#1 posted 05-16-2012 10:27 PM

Very nice.
I think I like this one better than the last.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#2 posted 05-18-2012 02:19 AM

Thanks for the idea and your fine build. I shall make one of these for a Girl Guide that I know for it is their symbol. I think I’ll try edge gluing different veneers for a variegated look.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#3 posted 05-18-2012 02:35 AM

Glad you enjoyed it SASmith.

Thanks for the comment vipond. It would be great to see one in duotone! I’m also interested to try using darker woods in combination, but they’ll have to be a minor element so as not to block too much light.

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#4 posted 05-19-2012 08:25 AM

Thanks for sharing this lamp. I guess Möbius would have been jealous.
It is a beuatyfull play of light and shadow.

-- Douwe

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