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Help restoring lamp

This is a lamp my Dad turned many many years ago....my best guess is in the '40's...could be earlier but not much later....just a guess.

As you can see it has a noticeable split as well as several other smaller cracks, checks etc. I'm actually ok with the cracks and splits. I do not want to fill with epoxy and I'm afraid i would just mess up the character if I tried some sort of fix.

My real concern is the top portion that is broken. Any suggestions on how to fix this? I'm leaning towards removing the top and turning a new replica top....

Also, I know it's hard to tell but does anyone have any idea what type of wood this is? The first picture is bare wood without any finish. The second was rubbed down with mineral spirits. BTW the roughing gouge in the second picture is the only tool my Dad had to turn this.

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I believe the wood is Douglas Fir. The way I would fix it is cut the break straight and glue a new piece of wood in there. Once dry shape it with hand chisels. It's not practical to put it back in a lathe.
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Thanks Steve,

I'm probably going to leave the crack as it is.. But I would like to fix the broken top piece. The only thing that comes to mind is to cut it off and turn a replacement piece and glue the new piece in place. A tricky solution and one I'd rather not undertake but I cannot think of another way.

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Thanks Steve,

I'm probably going to leave the crack as it is.. But I would like to fix the broken top piece. The only thing that comes to mind is to cut it off and turn a replacement piece and glue the new piece in place. A tricky solution and one I'd rather not undertake but I cannot think of another way.
I think the solution that you have written is the easiest and most practicable.

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You might consider if you turn a new piece it will look like a new piece on top of the old lamp. If it were patched at least that portion of it could be turned against the wall.
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I would leave it as is. Clean it up a little and hand finish with oil.
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Thanks to all!!

I think I'll do as suggested, leave alone, clean up and finish.....

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