Veneer Lamps

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Project by JackMoony posted 01-29-2014 11:02 PM 3997 views 62 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are copies of the lamps that
Asher and Yokel did:
Guys—Thanks for sharing your projects.

I finally decided to make these as Christmas presents for this year. I spent literally the entire last 2 weeks before Santa came in the shop to make 6 lamps for my family.
They turned out even better than I expected. The pictures are good, but they are so much better in person.

Super fun and challenging project. I epoxied the veneer to acrylic and borrowed a festool domino to cut ALL the mortises… (hope Santa brings one this year)

Thanks for looking!

-- Chris Wilder, Santa Cruz CA

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#1 posted 01-29-2014 11:38 PM

Great looking lamps! Kind of like Shoji lamps.

Would you mind elaborating on how you epoxied the veneer to the acrylic? I’m planning on a couple of Shoji lamps, but am having a devil of a time finding colored rice paper. It doesn’t seem to be available at the local craft stores, and I don’t need a mile of it! Plus, using acrylic would make the panels more heat resistant than rice paper alone, and I could then use an incandescent bulb in the lamps.


-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#2 posted 01-30-2014 12:34 AM

Handsome looking lamps. They look nice lights on and lights off.

-- Doug

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#3 posted 01-30-2014 04:46 AM

I would agree with Mean Dean. There has to be a trick to it and by looking at your work, you have figured it out. I really love the look. Now my girlfriends daughter wants two. So any tricks might keep me out of the dog’s house (its -20 here with wind chill of -40) . I need to move to Texas

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#4 posted 01-30-2014 12:10 PM

Very cool lamps, they look great, you did an awesome job with them…thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#5 posted 01-30-2014 03:20 PM

Great Lamps

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#6 posted 01-30-2014 11:26 PM

Great looking lamps. Added to favorites.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#7 posted 02-03-2014 05:05 PM

Both lamps are beautiful. Like the wood choices and the Japanese style. Great work!

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#8 posted 02-04-2014 09:32 AM

Hi Mean_Dean/ woodbutcher7

This is what I did…
I used the table saw and cut the acrylic panels ~1/8” small (height and width).
I cut the veneer 2” larger in each direction for the acrylic panels. ( the excess veneer gets trimmed after the epoxy dries)
I shellacked the veneer before gluing. (I like to pre-finish whenever possible)
I used system 3 epoxy to glue veneer to the acrylic. I glued 2 panels at a time (using wax paper to separate each piece). The panels were placed between 2 wooden blocks and clamped. I later added a third block in the middle so that I could glue 2 sets of 2 panels at time.
My setup was stacked like this…(block – 2 panels – third block – 2 panels – block)

It was challenging to remove the excess epoxy squeeze-out after the epoxy dried. The problem was that, when I used the bandsaw or bench sander to remove the excess epoxy, the veneer wanted to separate from the acrylic under the stress.
By making the substrates 1/8 inch smaller, I was able to leave a 1/16” of squeezout around the acrylic—I used my workbench belt sander to sand it to size—with very little separation.

Some epoxy did penetrate the veneer and dried on the surface of the veneer. I can see it, but no one else does. Because the epoxy dries clear, I imagine that a coat of glossy finish would hide any visible epoxy.

I used 6w LED bulbs (40w equivalents). There is very little heat, and light is beautiful. I’d describe the brightness of the lamps as more similar to a candle.

-- Chris Wilder, Santa Cruz CA

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#9 posted 02-05-2014 01:44 AM


Thanks for the info! Looks a little challenging, expoxying the veneer, but I might have to give it a try.

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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