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These are two walnut lamps. The bases are 7" x 9" x 1-3/4", and the posts are about 5' tall. The LED strips, LIFX are used for the brightness, are in aluminum channels, which are glued into V-shaped grooves cut in the walnut with a router. The power cables are hidden inside the walnut.

The post and the base are joined with mortise and tenon, through which a channel cut to run the power cable.



Finish is two coats of 2 lb cut shellac followed by four coats of GF Arm-R-Seal, with light sanding between coats. This finish works really well for walnut. I was lucky to have found a bit of denatured alcohol mix for dissolving the shellac, just enough for the project-this stuff is really to hard to come by these days.

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For the first time, all the woodworking for this project was done in front of the garage in the driveway, with the garage door shut. I put all the power tools on mobile bases and rolled them out a few yards as necessary. This was done to keep all the dust outside and garage clean. Seems to be working so far.
 

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I've seen TVs with those lights build into the back, supposed to change with the displayed scene and do some brain tricks to make everything seem much bigger/better.

Looks like a nice design and you can really tune your mood lighting!
 

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Very cool lamps.
I like working outside on a deck in the backyard. We are having a 100° heatwave at the moment though.
Well done, keep it up!
 

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Yes, there is a LIFX strip kit that goes to the back perimeter of TV. I might try this as well. Supposedly, it creates a transition from bright screens to dark walls to make it easier on eyes. Also doubles as an indirect light.

100° makes all finishes cure faster. Wish we had it here for a week or so. My tung oil hasn't been curing well. Might be the wood species though.
 
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