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I'm new to this woodworking thing, so I'm trying lots of different things (except joints), in the hope I can find something I'm actually good at.
So I've had a go at bending some wood.
Cut a beech offcut left over from the outdoor bench into thin(ish) strips (table saw would have been useful - where's Father Christmas when you need him?).
First attempt I soaked overnight in the bath before bending around a big glass bowl thing we have, but there were too many gaps so that's become scrap. I don't think it was the wetness - rather not clamping carefully enough.
Next attempt I did without the water, with more glue, more careful clamping and that was better. It's 3 strips together and the problem was laminating the cable in between. The "base" bit is half the size and went, well, err, perfectly - you really can't tell it was 3 strips glued together, even up close and personal.
I'm not happy about the cable coming out the front like that, and now I need to build a lampshade that goes.
I decided against attempting to put a secret compartment in this piece.
(PS before you ask - the table it's on is an old heirloom - I didn't make it, but if you've seen my previous projects you could probably tell that!)

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this is really cool!!! very cool indeed.
thanks for the "didn't work well" tips as well
 

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With imagination like this, you'll make a fantastic woodworker.
 

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Thanks for posting this. I have added to my favorites. I think this is something that I'd like to try for a birthday gift for my son. Neat idea.
 

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Hey, I really like it..Nice design
 

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I love it. Now that's a work of art. Good luck on a lampshade idea.
 

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Unique design well done
 

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Looks very good to me!
 
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