Too bad that you need to waste so much wood for a single shade.
Makes me wonder if it would not be possible to use a laser to cut multiple
cylinders out of that piece, and then make a collection of shades of
Also was the piece of wood green or dried ?
Obviously, you are not a woodworker. You could not be more wrong. You
can also buy lamp shades at Wal Mart.
Some day I may have a lathe and I'd like to make something like that
As for expensive, the wood may have been free. I've had and burned
many logs like that. The only cost is a penny or two for the
electricity turning the lathe.
Before you read this. That is not bubble gum or tobacco in my cheek. It is
How can you be so ungreen? A valuable firewood log was destroyed to
satisfy one man's vanity!
A cheap Chinese made shade would have done the same job.
Can we filter out gmail posters?
I'm not ungreen at all. I firmly believe that materials no longer
needed should be recycled or re purposed. The best lampshades are
made by stretching foreskins over a used popsicle stick frame. They
give the bulb a nice soft glow too.
From the video we can't tell whether he wasted valuable energy or whether
the lathe was pedel-powered. (Think of the poor people in darkest Africa!)
Some folks like to grouse before all the facts are in.
I'm not talking about the cost of the electricity. I'm talking about
the cost of the hourly rate of a woodturner skilled enough to turn
wood down to light-permeable thicknesses for hours on end! Stupid,
stupid, stupid (the endeavor, not you).
The cost of the lathe would be a secondary issue. The cost of
electricity is beside the point.
A more apt analogy would be raising fish in a fish tank for months,
rather than fishing or going to to store.
Making a lampshade on a lathe is a rectal tonsillectomy. It's going
about things the very hard way.
Sure I have, but this is not the place to use it. If you were a
woodworker, you'd understand. The simplest way would be to go to Wal
Mart and buy a friggin shade, but that is not the point is it?
When I wanted a stand for my new TV, my choices were easy. Buy one
for about $100, or make one for $150 in materials and 15+ hours labor.
I'm very proud of the stand I made. One of a kind, solid oak.
Want to hear about the cutting boards I made for gifts? The boxes?
The trivets? All could have been bought for less money, less energy,
less time. All would have been boring too.
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