Crafting Wooden Lamps: 24 Brilliant Weekend Projects by Ken Burton

By Ken Burton

Lighten Up Your Woodworking

Lamps are the suitable accessory for lots of woodworking initiatives, so why no longer make the lamp in addition? selecting the best lamps in your domestic may be tricky- simply discovering ones you're keen on takes a few doing, they usually may be very dear. Why wade through all that, in the event you could make your personal? Crafting wood Lamps has plans for twenty-four nice lamps and lights initiatives that almost all woodworkers can whole in a weekend. The designs diversity from conventional to modern, and laidback to funky. A bankruptcy on wiring indicates precisely the way to use easily-available lamp components to hook issues up safely.

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Hickory veneer with book-matched flitches. Slip-matched birch, with figures that seem to march in step. Wood 39 MDF that is 3⁄4 in. thick is often used for cabinet cases and doors that will be painted. Particleboard is inexpensive and fragile, but can be useful in certain circumstances. MDF ers can anchor Euro-type hinges securely to it). It is easily chipped and will swell if exposed to water. Particleboard can be used for cabinet parts that will not be exposed to moisture but should not be used elsewhere.

Or you can use a jointer to plane a side of the board straight. A more pronounced bow, called a crook, usually cannot be straightened. Twist Cup Bow or crook • If end splits are very short, they can be cut off. If a longer split is near the center of the board, you can rip-cut the board along the split line, resulting in two narrow boards that will be usable. • S urface checks are usually a cos- End splits metic problem, but one that probably cannot be sanded away. Surface checks • B oards that wave visibly along their faces are very difficult to straighten or plane smooth.

Some old-fashioned woodworkers use long handplanes for jointing. If you have strong arms and not much jointing to do, you may want to try this. If you need to joint only the narrow boards used for cabinet or door rails and stiles, you may be able to use a thickness planer; many can be adjusted to joint edges of boards up to 6 in. wide. Thickness planer If your boards are not all smooth and of uniform thickness—as is often the case with hardwoods—a thickness planer is a very useful tool. Start feeding a board into a thickness planer, and the tool will do the rest, slowly pulling the board on rollers while its cutters smooth one side at a time.

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