I found a lamp in Home Depot that featured an open cylindrical shade and it inspired me to replace its shade with wood turned with very thin walls. The theory was to turn the walls so thin that the light would highlight the grain patterns.
The wood I chose was Aspen because I had some that was green and I already knew it to be very translucent.
Here is the project as finished so far, the numbered list narrates the pictures:
- The aspen log and the disassembled lamp
- Marking the width. I decided to make it natural edge so I needed sharp parting lines
- The shade shaped
- Drilling the depth hole with a lamp auger….. a parity?
- The hollowing setup, steady rest and boring bar.
- Boring using my newly designed boring bar. This allowed me very thin walls maybe 1/32″?
- The finished piece minus putting on a coat of urethane
- A light inside the shade to see how it will look.’
I plan on using a fluorescent bulb to reduce heat and fire hazard.
Its sitting on the lathe waiting for final sanding and polishing, then assembly. Ill post when its done.