Pistachio/Stained Glass Floor Lamp

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 03-02-2014 03:09 AM 2890 views 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This floor lamp is finally done!! One month in the making. The shade is a stained glass Tiffany style lamp called Saguaro Sunset that was built by my wife and the lamp is made from a slice of a big pistachio tree for the base and a small pistachio tree for the post. I carved more than an inch off the diameter of the tree to get to the heart wood. It is filled with black epoxy and ground turquoise. The epoxy is colored with a few drops of black Tester’s model paint. This works very well!!!!!!!!!!!!

The first thing I did on this post was to drill a hole through the center for the cord. Drilling from the bottom, I had the clamps come loose and the drill broke off when the tree flipped on the floor. I got the drill out and had it re welded into the tube that I used and drilled up 39” from the bottom. The post is 50” long and the drill was 39” so I had to comedown 11” from the top . The first 3 attempts came out the side of the tree because of the curve- I could not hit that first hole!! On the 4th try the drill grabbed when it hit a void and broke off about 9” into the tree. The bit is still in there. I managed to link the top and bottom holes and made a long wire cavity with a Dremel and then made a curved repair insert from some of the tree wood that I cut off the top.
To get the fit I wanted for the final post, the bottom of the tree is actually the top of the post. The flare on the bottom is where a branch was growing out of it

The post has a 1 1/4” dowel fitted into the bottom that is glued into the base along with 3 – 4” screws. The cord comes out the back into that open area in the base so the base does not sit on it.

The last 2 shots are of the rough base piece and the tree trunk as I bought them from Dead Tree Salvage here is Casa Grande.

It is finished with many coats of clear gloss lacquer.


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

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#1 posted 03-02-2014 03:21 AM

Came out looking nice Jim. Great fill in with the epoxy. It has a desert look to it. Your wife did a fine job on the shade. Sounded like a lot of detours on this one.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Cedar Furniture Lodge

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#2 posted 03-02-2014 03:27 AM

Wow that looks great, it sounds like a heck of a process though. I love the way the base came out, great job all the way around.

-- "The Cedar King"

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 03-02-2014 05:55 AM

You had a 39” drill bit?! What a monster!
Too bad it broke off… bummer.

That lamp shade is just awesome! Your wife did a fantastic job on it…
I’d like to see a post on how she made it! That is SO COOL!
Your wife is really GOOD!
Beautiful shade!

Thank you for posting!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#4 posted 03-02-2014 06:21 AM

What a beautiful lamp Jim. You and your wife did a bang up job on this. It seems that some projects are just destined to be difficult. I am glad you were persistent.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#5 posted 03-02-2014 06:54 AM

Beautiful work Jim.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#6 posted 03-02-2014 10:10 AM

After all the problems Jim, you and wife have a great lamp that will be admired. To bad about the drill.
Congat your wife on the nice work on the shade, it sure has the desert look about it.

-- RIP Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#7 posted 03-02-2014 10:52 AM

Beuatiful Jim and Carol! What a team!

-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 03-02-2014 11:42 AM

That’s way cool, Jim. Ditto what Candy said.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#9 posted 03-02-2014 12:15 PM

Whata project. Looks like and sounds like a lot of work. But boy is it something to now be proud of. We don’t have trees like that here, but who would think to make a nice item like yours anyway.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#10 posted 03-02-2014 12:41 PM

Well done! I see you and you wife has nice ideas together turned into amaizing projects.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 03-02-2014 12:47 PM

Jim, knowing your penchant for accuracy, I can imagine the frustration you encountered. It was well worth it though. A beautiful collaboration. Well done.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Jim Jakosh

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#12 posted 03-02-2014 02:08 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I’ll convey them to my wife who took much longer to build that shade.
I have to give credit to the guys at Dead Tree Salvage ( John Goodwin and Jim Dunn) for their encouragement and guidance on how to prepare these rough pieces of wood for this kind of final piece. I learned a lot on this one!!

Hi Joe, the long drill is just a a 15/32 twist drill that was turned down in the back and brazed into a long piece of tubing. I still have the tube and I’ll put another drill in it when I get home.It had drilled lot of lamps!

cheers, Jim

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

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#13 posted 03-02-2014 02:19 PM

Very cool, organic feel to the base, capped with an exquisite shade!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#14 posted 03-02-2014 03:27 PM

Came out beautiful Jim. Nice team effort. Well done.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#15 posted 03-02-2014 05:22 PM

i always love seeing a lamp made this way, your wife did a fantastic job on the shade, and it sounds like you had the same kind of trouble ive had in past times ..but you over came and made it work, it looks great jim…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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