art display pedestal

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Project by bent posted 07-30-2012 11:02 PM 2044 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

this piece is a commission. it is based on a stickley/limbert piece that the client had purchased and then returned. they wanted it to be taller and made of cherry. they also wanted the top to match an exisiting side table (cherry with lacewood top). it is pretty straightforward piece, but came with specific challenge to figure out. it is being used to display a couple pieces of art pottery. the couple i built it for wanted it to be lighted, but couldn’t decide between uplight or downlighting. they also didn’t want it to have a cord. they left it up to me to figure out. here’s what i came up with:

i found a really bright battery powered under counter light at the big box home store. the back has a magnet embedded it, which was perfect for this use. i screwed a washer into the underside of the top. the magnet is strong enough to hold the light in place so that i can function as a downlight. then for the middle shelf of the pedestal, i made 2 different shelves. when the light is being used as a downlight, there is a lacewood piece that matches the top that is used. when they want to use the light as an uplight there is a cherry shelf that is drilled out to fit the light and covered with a glass insert to leave a flush surface. the 2 different shelves are made to stack on each other, so they don’t get lost or need to be stored elsewhere.

fyi, the piece is not stained, it is just finished with a satin poly. it’s not as dark as the pictures make it look. my poor yard is dead from the drought and i think that was messing with the camera.

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#1 posted 08-02-2012 11:24 PM

Great display pedestal!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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