While serving in the U.S. Air Force at Robins
AFG, Georgia, in the early 1980s, I took advantage of the base woodworking shop to make
a set of stereo speaker enclosures, turn a couple lamps on the wood lathe, and a few
other projects. Most have been sold or given away over the many household moves that
have transpired since then. One of the oak lamps has survived, probably because I had
given it to Melanie as a present before we were married. It is made from some 3" thick
blocks that were found in the wood shop's scrap bin. I laminated three of them together
and then turned an ad hoc design (no preplanned shape) that can be seen in these couple
photos. A couple grooves were added and then brass tubing was bent to fit. Even with
a couple coats of lacquer on them, they have turned from bright and shiny to dark and
shiny. The laminated joints have become uneven in places so you can feel a slight edge.
My guess is that the oak blocks were not fully dried before I used them.
Posted August 11, 2018
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