Dodecahedron Pendant light cover

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Project by MarkTheFiddler posted 09-12-2012 02:34 AM 7008 views 7 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m going to call this a completed lumberjocks project even though I have to change it into a lighting pendant next. That part is not a wood project in my mind.

This dodecahedron is something that I saw originally on television. I had to have one. When I get a desire like this, I become obsessive. No amount of failure will keep me from the goal. I think they perscribe medication for that. ;)

Next, I came here and asked you all how to make it. I got some great advice but there were some things I didn’t quite understand. Instead of trying and trying again to make it out of inexpensive pine, I used some really nice maple. – Firewood. Then I tried pine – Firewood. Then I tried poplar – firewood. I tried pine again – firewood – BUT I thought I had it. Then I tried poplar.

I had a lot of issues with fitting the joints, glue up, sanding and staining. All in all I am very pleased with the outcome. I am no where near the level of mastery that you all are but this one I am proud of.

I have learned so much from you all in so little time. I have no doubt that my next project will be better because of it. Thank You Thank you Thank You.

Details: Poplar for light weight but stonger than pine (I think), Glued joints, Filled inside resultant gaps with Elmer’s wood filler (A sin – I know – I’ll get better). Sanded to 80, 120, 160, 220. Wiped with tacky cloth. Stained minwax English Chestnut, Poly coat is minwax wipe on. Sanded with 240. Second poly coat. That’s where I stop.

My next few projects will be blogged at one of the sister sites to lumberjocks – home refurbers. I’ll come back to lumber jocks when the pocket book is lean again. I’ve got plenty of wood to work with. I’m going to do a wood floor in the living room then I’m going to blog some upholstery work on that site in case you would like some advice or know how. That is the one thing I can give back to you all and it will be my honor to help with any of your needs along those lines.

All the best my friends!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#1 posted 09-12-2012 04:10 AM

Great going! It is called sticktoativeness and it is a good thing. I wish more people had it.
Do you have any pics of the build process?

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

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#2 posted 09-12-2012 04:11 AM

Outstanding project.Sure you have lot of woodworking skill when you can make something like this.Very nice.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 09-12-2012 04:40 AM

It looks great!

The stain came out nice and you did not loose the grain.
You did a lot of sanding, judging from the various grits.

I would love to see the final product.

Great job.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#5 posted 09-12-2012 08:38 AM

Nice work! Lovely grain match in pic 3. Almost too interesting to have as just a lampshade. It would make a great conversation piece on its own.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#6 posted 09-12-2012 12:18 PM

Howdy Lumberjocks!

Thank you very much for the kind compliments.

Jim – I like sticktoitiveness better than obsessive. I did a blog on the process but it’s full of my failures. After about 5 failures, I stopped taking the pictures and wouldn’t you know? I caught a break. I ultimately used a glue up trick that lanwater showed me. I cut strips and glued them together into a pentagon roll. Lanwater has a really good walkthrough on that process.

Majulva – I’d like to think that I’m a better wood worker now than when I started this project. You guys have given me the courage to try. You all have also given some key pieces of knowledge. The combination of my failures and the knowledge from lumberjocks is a fantastic teacher. I like being able to come here and ask – what did I do wrong? I always get some kindly advice.

Lanwater – I’m going to keep it short. It’s not anywhere perfect but I could NOT have done it with out you. Thank you my friend. I’ll add a photo when it’s installed.

JR – Thank you for the high compliment. I struggled with the grain immensely. The folk here do such amazing things with the grain that I tried my best to make something happen with it. This time I got lucky. Next time I’m going to be intentional about it.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#7 posted 09-12-2012 12:26 PM


Una vez más estoy usando Google Translate. Gracias mi amigo. Usted ha sido muy amable y de apoyo a lo largo de todo este proyecto. Siempre apppreciate la sabiduría que hemos compartido.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#8 posted 09-12-2012 03:20 PM


Kudos on completing the woodworking phase of a very complex project.

I can only imagine the patience it took to align that many ‘confounded’ compound angles ;-) , but you did it and you did it well.

I’m certain it will be displayed prominently as a testament to your tenacious “sticktoativeness” and rightly so.

Congrats on working outside your ‘comfort zone’ and developing a new level of skill.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#9 posted 09-12-2012 07:36 PM

Grandpa Len,

I really appreciate your encouragement and pointers. The best part about your pointers is I get to keep them. All my projects will be better for it.

I’ll tell you something interesting. I have a small entry way table in mind. In my minds eye I see a perfectly cut, fitted, glued, sanded, finished, high-end table. I’m comparing my “vision” to my skill set and tools. I think I have everything. What a major difference from my past endeavors. What a difference people like you have made.

I’m going to put my “new level of skill”, as you put it, to the test on an “easier” project. It will be a few months but what are a few months in the grand scheme of things?

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#10 posted 09-14-2012 02:50 PM

Nice workmanship there.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#11 posted 09-14-2012 05:38 PM

i like it , i think i am going to make me one ..

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#12 posted 09-17-2012 03:44 PM

Really nice rhombic dodecahedron. I once made a large dice with that shape. So I can imagine this one being even more difficult. Great job.

I need some lamps myself, so I might attempt to make one myself. Do you plan on just adding a fitting and a lightbulb, or are you planning to add something more, like e.g. some fabric?

PS. It did remind me of this project:

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#13 posted 09-18-2012 07:50 PM

Hey Lumber Jocks – thanks again for the comments.

Gerben – I’m so sorry I didn’t reply sooner. This post has the picture of the dodecahedron made into a light fixture.

Best of luck to you! Please get with me before you start. There are a lot of errors you can avoid the first time through.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#14 posted 09-18-2012 08:18 PM

Thank you Mark. Looks really nice with just a bulb. Just have to find something to replace the incandescent bulb (not very eco) with, that looks just as good.

Nice to read the whole discussion leading up the the final product. If I get stuck I’ll contact you for sure, thanks.

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#15 posted 09-19-2012 03:24 AM

I hear you there Gerben. My walk through is a mess and it’s really wrong…. I’m going to make a table with a dodecahedron base and a pentagon top. I don’t know why I jump from more difficult to more difficult every time. Can’t seem to help myself. ;)

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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