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post #1 of 4 Old 02-02-2016, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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Making a hollow cube for a lamp

Hi, I want to make a simple lamp that is just a socket inside a cube of wood that is somewhat hollowed out for the electronics inside - pretty much just a dimmer switch, the socket and wires. I purchased two 4x4x12 turning blocks of wood thinking I could cut out a 4x4x4 cube and then cut of about a 1/2" bottom cap and then use a drill press to hollow out what I needed. The main problem is that I live in Colorado and the wood has cracked a lot, so that the bottom cap would probably not be too sturdy and the whole block might break up at some point. Is there a better way to do this? I'll attach pictures of a sketch and the blocks I have now.
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post #2 of 4 Old 02-02-2016, 08:56 PM
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I think that what you want to do is a potential fire hazard. I would not have wood directly in contact with a light fixture.

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I think that what you want to do is a potential fire hazard. I would not have wood directly in contact with a light fixture.

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There are a lot of these things all over the web, I know it wouldn't be safe to have this on all the time, but it would only be on for probably < 20 mins at a time and the porcelain socket would keep the bulb at least somewhat isolated from the wood. I just need to know how to hollow out the block of wood really or how to get that effect.

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post #4 of 4 Old 02-03-2016, 05:02 AM
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You're on the right strack with what you're doing now, you just need to find a piece of wood that'll dry with any major crack, which is a bit of a tall order. Alternatively, you could laminate a blank out of thinner stock that has a straight grain pattern that would blend in with the glue line. Quartersawn oak mayhaps

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