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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 11:47 pm 
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i did, I finally saw the light ??? An angle poise one. I have had the idea of making one for ages, but the heat caused by any incandescing bulb would destroy a wooden shade quick time. So when the LEDs appeared and a little mains golf ball LED was affordable I thought what the hell.

The base is designed to take 2 external HDDs, 3 1/2" jobbies with the cables going out the back and is marine ply, or at least what the French call marine? the base swivel and arms are oak, the shade is spalted beach. The lines on the shade are the spalting. The spalting is the first part of rotting of the wood and it's fungus. It won't og any further now and I love the effect it has. It took an age to make because I had to work out just how it would go together, but I like it, as does SWMBO.

The top arm was done by sticking two lengths of oak together with double sided tape and turning them to round. Splitting them and hey presto, two bits-a-wood 8) 8)

It gives a lovely light and just from a 3.8 watt bulb that does not get hot..

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I want to make one about 4 foot high as a reading light that stands behind the armchair, floor standing, but it may be a while, so don't hold yer breath?

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Beautiful work John.

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Fabulous!!! I love the 'spalting' effect too.

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Yes, it's beautiful !

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You are clever - I love the simple lines and the wood is lovely ! Bravo !


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That is very cool. Would love one for Mr Scooby's office!!

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What a lovely item!! :ymapplause: :ymapplause:

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Got to the high light today with the finished article.and am quite pleased with it. One of the things that fascinate me about LED lamps is that the energy goes into the light and they produce very little heat. That makes it possible to do projects like this.

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The spalting, the lines on the wood, are really lovely and you just don't know what you are going to finish up with.

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After 20 years of working with woods like this I am still in wonder at what a rotton old bit of wood is hiding!

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I really enjoy my time in the workshop. I had a 6" magnifying glass in a chrome ring frame and couldn't decide just what to do with it. After a lot of thought I decided that it would look nice on an oak mount that swivelled and this is the result

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Made from an old English oak TV cabinet given to me by a friend wot got a haunted fish tank far too big for it.

Now for a ladies dressing table mirror in a similar style as a pressie for ??? I hope #:-s

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Well done that is a work of art.


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Thank you Dave. It's amazing what you can hide with a bit of buffing?

I have to admit that turning the off centre part of the 'moon' is a bit hairy to get it correct, but that's a part of the challenge :ymblushing: :ymblushing:

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It's beautiful jonzjob - and I was just thinking "I'd love a magnified mirror like that for the dressing table" - so whoever gets the pressy I'm sure will love it! Lucky girl! :-bd

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Beautiful work, Jonzjob - I love the 'moon' and it would make a wonderful dressing table mirror. Whilst looking a lovely simple style, I'm sure it took an awful lot of working our and work ! Bravo !


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You are very talented, they are beautiful pieces that I would be honoured to have in my home.


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Lovely, as always. :-bd

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You are all too kind, thank you!!

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Too kind - I don't think so !

It's really a lovely piece. :ymapplause: :ymapplause: :ymapplause:

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Excellent workmanship, well done. ^:)^ :ymapplause:


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Going back to an earlier form of lighting I have had a glass candle holder with a spherical candle. It was originally mounted in a not very nice metal mount hence the reason for just being there..

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I haver thought and thought about the best way to mount it well and decided that insideout turning may well work. I have always been reluctant to try it because I have no accurate way of truing up the final mating faces. So I thought sod it and started after I had watched a video of how it's done again. I have no idea what the wood is other than I think it's an African hardwood. I aquired it when I was the volunteer electrician on the Bristol Britannia XM496 at Kemble airfield in Gloucestershire. It was holding the main aircraft batteries in place on its last flight from Africa to Kemble!!!

Anyway I bit the bullet and turned the inside, trued up the faces as well as I could, re-glued it the right way round and turned the outer. When it was finished and the glass inserted it looked top heavy, so I turned the base from the same wood and finished it with hardwax oil with a coat of intercrystaline wax over it. I like it, but it's a shame that I just could not get those faces trued correctly!

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It doesn't show very well, but the light shining through the glass ball is quite remarkable. In this photo it has inverted the picture of the 2 sparrow hawks behind it

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I don't think that it will be the last time I do insideout turning me-thinks!!!

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Beautiful !
I must confess, when I see an odd piece of wood, I wonder what you would make of it !!!


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Ta folks.

When I see an odd lump of wood I often wonder what is hiding in it and it's normally a lovely surprise.

I might make a second one to fit the glass and make the 'holes' in the side a bit bigger so as to show the glass off better?

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I have to admit that I didn't really like the inside out jobbie up above, so I got mr brain cell into gear and thunk it out? I cut a bock of beech into an 8" high triangle, then cut it into 3 bits from the centre of the sides to the middle and turned the bits inside out. I used some wedges to hot glue the bits together and mounted them on my lathe.

The top was turned almost to a point and a waist turned in the middle.

The 3 bits were seperated again and turned the right way around and glued back together. I then, very carefully, turned the outside following the line of the inside and finished up with

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The glass inset fits a treat and I like it much better. But I really must see about getting a different coloured candle. I fact, it would be dead cheap to buy some candles, turn a mould and make my own ???

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I saw that light again. Well, for the forth time really. I love turning lamps. Angle poise to be precise and this is the biggest one yet.

Beech stem and arm peices, oak base and leylandii shade. I was given a not very nice looking lump of oak on a visit to a wood supplier in Carcassonne a couple of years back when I bought a couple of beech planks, 2" x 8" x 10' for some other job. I have some of the beech left over, so I decided to make this lamp.

The base is about 12" diameter and took 1/2 of the oak. This is a before/after photo

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It turned out better than I had expected. I wanted to hide the cable in this one, apart from the elbows of course. I had to do the upright in 3 sections as my lathe bad is about 3" long, so I cheated with the join by putting a contrasting ring between the bits. It would be very difficult to get the 2 to align perfectly and it looks awful if they don't.

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The shaft top knucle was fun too, but it was a good finish

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The shade is that stuff that every gardener adores, especially if it's the neighbours ajoining hedge, leylandii! It is lovely to turn though and takes a lovely finish too.

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And the completed lamp is now in use each evening in our lounge. But the photo was taken outside before anyone comments [-x [-x

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Wow ! It's brilliant, Jonzjob ! I would never have imagined you could make something from Leylandii and the beech of course looks wonderful.
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Another cracking (metaphorically) piece JJ.
I wish I had your skills, but on second thoughts perhaps not since I doubt I would have the time.

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I too hope that it's metathingywhatsit too!

Ta for your comments folks.

Blaze, leylandii smells of the resin in it when turned and it's a really interesting wood. It takes a beautiful finish, so smooth and lovely colours. So it's good for something :-bd This is a small lump of it. Cut to shape and pyrographed to make a sick-a-more leaf. About 4" diameter.

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This too, it's 7" diameter, cut down about 4 years back because it was just too big for the soil to support and it died! We have about 82 of them in our hedge!!!

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It was a lovely surprise to me the first time I turned it, but I will try most things, apart from iroko. That brings me out in a rash and a mask is essential as the dust is carcinogenic.

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:ymapplause: Excellent, well done.


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Blaze wrote:
Wow ! It's brilliant, Jonzjob ! I would never have imagined you could make something from Leylandii and the beech of course looks wonderful.
You clever thing :ymapplause:


Back with the leylandii, I had a couple of stumps from our hedge, if you could call it that? I cut them as they were really starting to look naff! I wanted to do some little presents for some of the members of our village walking group. So I got my brain cell into gear, cut off about a foot from the nearest one and set about it.
This is the log, not very pertty!

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I mounted it on the lathe and turned it so that I could start at one end and turn the base of the first one, then cut it off on my band saw, same for the next, etc.

It doesn't always work when you turn across the complete log, because as you turn it you release tensions in the wood and it can crack. I found out that leylandii does! But I think that it suits the wood and I filled the cracks with fine wood dust, they were only small, and dribbled some runny superglue onto the dust. It goes rock solid in no time flat! And I said to it "OK now move!"

So now I have 6 fairly similar leylandii bowls, 5 of which will go for the presents and the 6th???

These are the 6. The cracking shows up as the darker line

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And this is the 6th

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That is the sky shining through the bottom and a not fully sealed crack!It was oh so very near to being a 'whooopsie, which way did that go!! x_x x_x ' The wood in the transparent parts is just 1/16" thick, or 1 1/2 mm to you lot that can't remember proper measurements.

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Yer a genius, Jonzjob ! I think of you every time I see a bit of wood that I'm sure you'd conjure up something wonderful with !
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When they had started to crack I decidid that they were having a multipul bowl movement ~x( ~x(

More like an 'expert' than a 'genius' Blaze. That's as long as you remember that an 'ex' is a has been and a 'spurt' is a drip under pressure :-? :-? But thank you anyway :ymblushing: :ymblushing:

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I have just found a photo of the original lump

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I stripped the bark off because it's very dusty and flies all over the place!! :D

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I bet the smell was nice though !


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If that thing had got loose then the smell would have been of that funny adrenalin and a trouser change for me :ymblushing: :ymblushing:

But it didn't and yes the smell was that lovely resinous jobbie!

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