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.
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.
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