This lantern was commissioned by a listener of the No Agenda Show after they mentioned the lanterns I sent them. The customer mentioned he likes bicycles and dragons. I went with dragons.
As a thank you for all their years of hard work and enlightenment, I donated these lanterns to John C. Dvorak and Adam Curry, from The No Agenda Show. If you aren't listening to No Agenda, you should be. They just celebrated their 8th year of deconstructing news and stories from around the world.
NA listeners, order one today for the special price of $233 and a portion of each sale will be donated to the show in your name. Each design is slightly different; see the Gallery page for examples. These are built to order, allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.
I'm back in the shop after taking a break to do some house projects (Laying wood flooring is tiring work!) and the first two lanterns in this series are almost done. I was able to run the fiberglass material through my laser printer and it worked great! Just in time to submit them to Northwest Woodworkers' Gallery in Seattle for their upcoming 7th Annual Rising Star Furniture Makers Show. After the show I'll be donating these two to Adam Curry and John C. Dvorak from the No Agenda Show as a thank you for all of their hard work.
Here are a few progress pics.
I've come to realize that I like making small things, like lamps, boxes, coasters, etc. Basically anything that doesn't hang off my work bench. Making big things is just a pain in the ass, especially if it starts out as a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood. Not that I have anything against plywood, I actually love it, but man, does it suck to move that stuff around.
Out of all the things I've made, I think the first series of lanterns get the most use in our house soI'm kicking off the new year with a new series of them. Series 2.
I did a few rounds of prototyping with MDF and cardboard and have decided on a design that is easier to produce and assemble.
I'm also experimenting with a new way to produce the shades using the same fiberglass material from series 1. If my idea works out I'll be able to easily produce several different designs.
I went the my local wood store, Crosscut Hardwoods in Portland Oregon, and found some really nice Red Gum wood. I've never worked with this species before but so far I really like it.
And now for some build pics...
Shop tip: Always have a roll of blue tape on hand, it has a million uses in the shop. Here i'm using it to keep the individual leg parts together as they go through the various cuts.
For the tops, I'm going to do a bit of carving, and probably some bleeding. I bought a set of Flexcut carving knives and made a jig to hold everything in place (and to keep the bleeding to a minimum). These knives are great, they come sharp and ready to use. I highly recommend picking up a set.
I was commissioned to build a Coat Rocket. I'm Starting with the base, and here's a video to prove it.
This project is in the final stages. The 12" lazy susan bearing turned out to be a little sloppy which caused the rocket portion to be a bit wobbly so I'm replacing it with a larger, 18" version that should stabilize everything. Once thats done this one is ready to ship. Its going to be interesting trying to find a box that will fit this thing!
Finished! This one is ready to ship. I hope it makes it there in one piece.
I admit it, I'm unorganized. Perpetually so, it seems.
When I'm in the shop it feels like half of my time is spent looking for a damn pencil, my square, tape measure, and where the hell did I put my drill?! It feels like I'm living in an Eye Spy book, so about every 8-9 months I like to (or need to) take a break from the more creative projects and spend some time smoothing out kinks in the shop workflow.
This time I'm tackling the work tables for my Miter and Radial Arm saws. I don't have a great picture of what I'm starting with but this one should give you an idea of the situation... its a mess.
My goal is to create a single table to hold both saws, have a unified fence, and be mobile. Why it has to be mobile I'm not sure but it seems like a good idea. Maybe one day I'll want to wheel it out to the driveway and work on my much needed tan while I'm cutting a miter. I don't know but I like options.
The company I work for just finished remodeling our office and were giving away a bunch of desktops, legs, and other hardware so I loaded up my car with as much as it could carry and started cobbling things together. Thank you CMD!
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Here's the final result, and I use the word "final" loosely. I'll refine it more as I go along but for now its workable, and awesome so far.
I had a bunch of old pallets laying around...
So I made coasters out of them.