Monday, February 13, 2012

Lamp shade on a lathe

In the past couple of months, a few friends and I have taken lathe lessons with Jimmy Clewes, who (luckily) lives right here in Las Vegas. If his class doesn't get your heart pumping to buy a lathe, I don't know what will!

In my Intermediate Woodworking class that's running right now, we were playing around with compound miters, and some of the students made lamps. The hardest part about making a lamp is finding an appropriate lampshade to go with it.

Here's a pretty awesome clip of a lampshade being made on a lathe. I'm not too sure of its durability; the heat from the bulb will probably dry out the wood and cause some nasty cracks.

Still, it looks awesome!


Joe White said...

If you use LED lights in the lamp, they stay relatively cool and would probably be a good compliment to a wooden shade.

Rob said...

use of a newer LED bulb would take away the heat issue :)

that log must have made a REALLY good amount of shavings!

Wood It Is! said...

Joe and Rob - great minds think alike!