Making some pendant lampshades...

26 May 2014, Woodturning in practice, Would you like to leave a comment?

I’ve been commissioned to turn a set of ash pendant lampshades and thought I’d post some photo’s of them being made. I've not tried anything like this before and they proved to be a very interesting project indeed.

I started the process a few months ago, by roughing out some sections of green ash. The final measurement of each pendant would need to be 20 x 30 cm, so they were quite heavy at this stage. After rough turning, I used a long auger bit to drill a hole right through the center of each blank. This would help the air to circulate and speed up the drying.

A piece of green ash rounded to the required shape...

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The blanks prepared and drying, ready for the next stage...

Ash-pendant-blanks.jpg

When dry enough for finishing, they were mounted back on the lathe, but this time gripped by a chuck, from their base (or top, when hung from the ceiling). I would now have access to the open end and hollow out the wood from inside. I used a bowl gouge to do this and my Rolly Munro hollower for the areas that were difficult to reach.

Back on the lathe, ready for hollowing...

Lampshade-blank-on-lathe.jpg

A central hole was drilled when they were rough turned - this helped to speed up the drying...

Inside-pendant-blank.jpg

Making a start on the outside, having hollowed out the inside...

Ash-pendant-turned.jpg

The final design required a 40 mm hole to pass right through the center of each pendant. Being so deep, I could not reach this with my tools, so had to use the drill press instead...

Drilling-hole-in-lampshade.jpg

The final pendants after being coated with mineral oil – they are, of course upside down!

Wooden-lampshades.jpg

The same customer required a batch of 40 chair spindles. They started off as square sections of kiln dried sycamore mounted between centers on the lathe...

Spindle-blank-on-lathe.jpg

Turned to the required dimensions...

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The completed order...

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Jonathan Leech

Written by Jonathan Leech

Jonathan Leech is a woodturner working and living in Cumbria. He specialises in making bowls, dishes and platters from local sustainably sourced timber. Read more or about Jonathan or see a selection of his work.

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