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Prototype Mission Style Lamp

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Prototype Mission Style LampThis is a prototype of what I think of as “Splintergroup's Lamp.” To the extent my skills allow, it is a shameless copy of this, without some of the beautiful details my current skills don't allow. And I can't thank splintergroup enough for his series of blog posts on making the shade, which saved me months of figuring stuff out.This prototype is made of alder and finished with sprayed-on shellac (just the Zinsser canned stuff). There were a couple of small faults in the wood I filled with crushed turquoise. I'm not sure why the one picture is sideways – it looks right on my computer. I have more to learn about posting here.Although it's hard to see in these pictures, the tails on the shade are slightly different, in that I continued the dado on the “vertical” shade pieces further down the tail. I have already finished some walnut versions of this lamp and I'll have better pictures when I post those. I'm also working on some QSWO lamps of this design, although I've had to take a break from that project to complete a small farmhouse table and bench.The body of the lamp is made of four solid boards, each tapering one degree on each edge. The four sides are then glued into the tapered column using lock miter joints. This particular lamp is now in the office of a young friend, who is an up-and-coming lawyer. I'll have to give him one of the walnut ones when he makes partner. :-)



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Pinch rods

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Pinch rodsPinch rods made from sapele and solid brass that I purchased from Crucible tools (Lost Art Press – of Christopher Schwarz…..Anarchist Tool Chest, etc.).Very simple to make. It does require some fine tuning with a sharp hand plane so the rods will slide smoothly through the brass channels. Each rod is 32 long and when fully extended it'll give you approximately 70 of reach.Wood is sapele with a coat of Danish oil.



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My first attempt at a table

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My first attempt at a tableI used my kreg jig for the first time, and used some hardware I had on hand to attach the top 1×10 pine, to the base of 2×4 and some 1×4 poplar. This was before I decided to try my hand at gluing wood together to make larger dimensions it could be a side table or a footstool as I am using it. 18”x18” top and 21 inches tall. Eventually I will disassemble and stain/poly.



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