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Create With No Effort Your Cherry Blossom Lamp

I love Japanese tradition and all the things they make. Today, I will show you how to make a Cherry Blossom Lamp. First, it’s good to know that panels in traditional Japanese lamps are made with rice paper but we will use plywood because it’s stronger and easy to carve. First step is to make the wood frame. Make a jig to mark around three faces of the wood in one action. Use 3/4″ panel pins to secure two 1″ x 3/4″ x 3/4″ wood offcuts to a 10″ x 2 1/2″ x 1/2″ piece then add a 2″ x 3/4″ x 1/2″ top piece. When the cuts are marked, add a 2″ x 3/4″ x 1/2″ stop piece to the end of the jig to mark the half-lap joints. On the uprights mark a line lengthwise on two adjacent faces 1/5″ from the edges, clamp and use a block plane to shave the corner down to the marked lines. At the top of the uprights mark two 3/4″ x 1/4″ housings in the two faces opposite the planed corner. For the base housing make 1/4″ deep cuts with a series of relief cuts then chisel out the waste. On the supports and rails make 1/2″ deep cuts at the half-lap joint positions, make a series of relief cuts and chisel out the waste, paring the cheek down to a flat surface.  Clean the half-laps and housings in the uprights using a square-edged file.

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Apply wood glue to the joints then assemble the support frame and the rail frames. Slot the base frame into the base housings of the uprights, position the supports onto the base of the uprights and add the top frame then reverse-clamp and leave to dry. Sand the frame all over with 180 grit abrasive paper and use an orbital sander to make the base and top flush. Use a cloth to apply black stain and leave to dry. Insert the panels and position the table light in the frame. Cut the plywood panels to size using a utility knife. Sand the frame with 180-grit abrasive paper then use a cloth to apply a black stain, slide in the panels and secure with wood glue then position the lamp in the frame. So, there you have it, your very own cherry blossom lamp!!!

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