Juniper Log Furniture : Floor Lamp #3: Scribing / Shaping

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Blog entry by Tim & Candy Hicks posted 05-26-2009 08:24 PM 2251 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Okay here is one of the most tedious parts of this lamp. Here are pictures of how the lamp limb looked before we started shaping it to the base.

There are several types of scribing tools available, but we have not been able to find one that works for us. To start the process, we find the point where the limb is the higest from the base. This is our starting point for the line that we draw to start shaping. We use a pencil compass for our scribing lines. The line has to stay level / perpendicular to the top of the base and the space between your pencil and point on the base needs to stay consistent.

How to scribe a base:

1. Patience
2. Patience
3. Maybe a few swear words
4. Sanding & grinding
5. Draw more lines.
6. Sand some more
7. A few head scratches and lloks of confusion
8. More lines
9. More sandinb
10. repeat steps 7 – 9 until you reach the desired look.

Here is our starting point


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#1 posted 05-26-2009 08:49 PM

nice project ,
good you are up to the task.
all you can do is whitle it away until it fits .
they have some electricians long bits in the box stores
that might help with the wire . ( you probably knew this already ).
in sailboats they make a sled to position the bit to come out a few inches
off center so the shaft can be removed past the rudder if needs be .
their augers are more stable and expensive however .
beautifull wood ! have fun !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 05-26-2009 10:59 PM

That’s the exact same recipe I use!


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#3 posted 05-27-2009 03:44 PM

If you stick to the recipe it works everytime hahaha.

We take a little bit off at a time until we get it to where we want it to be. We have long drill bits that we use to through the lamp so we can run the cord through it.


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#4 posted 05-27-2009 08:58 PM

It looks like a lot of works

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