Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Let's just end this lampshade madness

Yes, of course you can't bend cedar, it likes to split (apparently most domestic softwoods aren't good candidates). So I pulled out a Birch slab from the compound shed. The Birch veneers bent nicely on the hot pipe. Really not sure where this lampshade ended up, but decided to just have some fun experimenting. If nothing else I've got a few ideas for the next one.

I pegged the parts together with bamboo skewers. Here's my jig for sizing the bamboo, a 7/64 hole drilled in some angle iron. The bamboo was still a hair oversize, I guess because the fibres compress a little, but a light pass on some sticky back sandpaper finished them off.

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