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John Smith

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#1 posted 01-10-2018 05:25 PM

I remember as a kid when a cedar tree fell in a storm.
my father made a LOT of stuff out of that tree.
one item in particular that I always remember is a bedside lamp for my mother.
He shaped a “tear drop” piece of wood then cut very thin strips on the bandsaw.
just as Cut50 describes: “plane wood as thin as you can, then sand thinner”
he stitched the panels together with thin copper wire and turned a base for it on his lathe.
probably a 25w bulb, but my mother really loved it. of course, the wood panels
warped over the years and took on their own personality, but she still loved it.
it disappeared decades ago – but I would still like to make one just for posterity.
go to Pinterest and search for: “wood veneer lampshade” . . . lots of excellent ideas.

nice work, Cut !!

Pete – not too much will survive rambunctious younguns !!
you might want to reconsider and buy a $12 lamp at Home Depot. (just kidding).
something that you make yourself, if it survives, will be treasured by your children
years down the road. having something survive until they are 30 years old may be the challenge.
good luck !!


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