This separation of projects in "Hand-Tool Projects" in the previous chapter, and "Machine-Tool Projects" in this chapter, is more or less arbitrary, there being no hand-tool project which could not be more quickly and easily made with the aid of power tools—especially the buffer. Many of the following projects could conceivably be worked out without the aid of machinery, but have been placed in this chapter because the machines, while not absolutely essential, do a far greater proportion of the total work involved in these cases than they do in the projects outlined in the previous chapter.
Materials: 1"x5"x5" sheet 1/2" sheet scrap
1/2" of a 2" cyl. 1. 1 1/2" cyl. This Onyx Table lamp (Figure 33) consists merely of a 5x5x1 inches block for the base, with a hole drilled for the pipe, and having four feet cut out of 1/2-inch black jet, and a two-piece column, the upper part consisting of a 1 1/2-inches cylinder 6-inches long with a shoulder cut on the bottom to fit into a 3-inch section of 2-inch cylinder, the three pieces being held together by the 11 -inch section of fixture pipe, to which a two-lamp breaker is screwed at the top. The larger cylinder can either be plain, fluted with a 1/2-inch rat-tail file while clamped between pieces of cardboard in a vise, see Plate 3N, or carved or turned.
Fig. 33. Diagram for the table-lamp described ill Project 25.
Materials: 1 #6 cyl. 1/3 of a 1/2" sheet
Scrap sheet and knob The Jade Lamp shown in Figure 34 is another beautiful project—you will not realize its possibiblities until you have completed one and lit it in the proper surrounding. The original one was not engraved, but in this drawing and Figure 46 suggestions are shown for engraving, both with a design and with monograms—the next step in the development of your ability. Monograms, borders and designs can easily be cut into the surface of this material, and given an "inlaid" effect by filling these cuts with any of the quick-drying lacquers on the market, in contrasting colors. The whole is then sanded and buffed down smooth and a beautiful effect secured easily. Regular engraving tools, hand power grinders or flexible shaft outfits, or even a sharpened brad awl can be used for this work.
Fig. 34. The Jade lamp in Project 26. The dragon design is fairly simple, and can be scratched on with a file-point, and "inlaid" with black lacquer.
There are no tricky operations in the construction of the lamp; the drawing is self-explanatory. Care should be taken in drilling the hole for the wire, as little space is left as a wall when drilling a 1/4-inch hole through a 1/2-inch block. A candelabra size porcelain socket is used, with or without key, and a tubular bulb, or any bulb which does not come nearer than 1-inch to the walls. Natural white, Jade, Rose Quartz, Moon-glow or any of the other mottled or clear colors give novel and pleasing effects in this lamp.