The base is done

Having finally finished the base this little beauty should be wrapped up by the end of the week. I am pleased with how it is coming along, except for one thing. I wish the spalting on the poplar was a little heavier. Not too much I can do about that though, and I’m about 95% sure that I used the last piece from my pile. All in all the spalting looks good and pulls the base and shade together very well.
base
To pick up where we left off on the last post, the next two photos show the rest of the story before turning on the lathe could take place. The first photo is part of the gluing process and the act of screwing each layer together before clamping. The last photo shows how I skipped drilling the pilot hole and instead drilled a hole the size of the light socket to put it in later.
screw
guidehole
The rest of the photos show the turning process. The first photo is the base after everything was glued together, rough and ugly ready to be perfected. Once the lathe is going the wood is shaped as desired using various types of gouges. When a desired shape or look is wanted, it is important to use a guide so that you can reference it to make sure you are getting to where you want to be.
preturn
turning
guide
One nice thing about the lathe is that you can almost do everything you need from start to finish without taking the piece off. I showed the base stationary before applying the finish so that you could see the off center hole for the socket. I did this last minute actually and will show you why later.
sanding
prefinish
finish
The first photo is after only one coat of finish, but I will apply at least two more. I am using Waterlox and highly recommend it. I love the natural look of wood and an oil finish is hard to beat in my book. Waterlox is a tung oil finish with a case hardener that protects and seals. All that is left to do now is the wiring and attaching the shade to the base.

About sean favero

Designer with furniture as a medium. Seeking to create long lasting good quality designs.
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One Response to The base is done

  1. Jon Pinney says:

    I’m excited to see this piece finished :) so far it looks awesome

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