Was that a mistake? A lamp for $3.74?
Are you kidding me?
I knew what I was going to make the second I found the piece of wood! It's funny how project start like this - BOOM! - you get an idea, and two hours later - the piece is sitting on your bench, nearly finished.
I cut a test piece first, to see if I had the bit set at the right diameter.
Of course I did!
I've used this tool so many times for cutting circles, I could set it up in my sleep.
I kept widening my cut at the center, until it was nearly cleaned out. With the Router Buddy, you can't completely clean out the hole,
so I finished it off with a forstner bit.
Then I switched to a longer bit, to cut the outside diameter. This is a monster 3" straight cutting bit, which frankly - reminds me of a torture device in a horror movie. That is one scary tool.
But it cuts the outside shape perfectly! Again - there's a little sawdust action going on everywhere on the bench.
Time for some Albuterol, even though I was masked up!
Here you can just barely see that I'm nearly through the board. See the outline of the ring in the wood?
And after one more shallow pass in the planer - the pieces are separated.
A little bit of drilling, sanding, (and vacuuming
up the bench!)
and this piece is nearly finished.
I decided to I re-rout the cord through a side hole, so I drilled one, clamping the piece to a large block of wood for support.
This ensured a perfectly located cord hole.
A little sanding and stain - and this lamp was really starting to take shape, just as I'd envisioned it two hours earlier.
I even used the original plastic grommet that came with the lamp -
which was slick!