About a year ago, Dale Barnard wrote an article for 360 Woodworking that was part of issue #3. His article was titled “What a Grind: A Laminated Coffee Cup Stand.” In it he described and demonstrated how he takes small shop scraps and turns them into an artistic stand. In addition to the article, we filmed the entire process as Dale worked his magic building the stand. That DVD-length video is free to our Fanatic members. (If you’re not yet a member, what are you waiting for? Go here and sign up.)
As I re-read the article and looked over his blog from that week (read it here), I noted Dale’s last sentence in the post. He wrote, “The best part is, they can be scaled up to make some great end tables too.” Evidently, Dale forgot to mention that you could turn pieces of shop scrap into floor lamps as well.
The photo to the left is a floor lamp that Dale created using the exact technique. Also, take a look at the photos below. Can you see Dale’s slick technique for holding the post upright as he carved? Woodworkers are a clever bunch.
To me, the best part is that you can get the stand completed in a single weekend. Not just built, but sculpted, stained and finished. Alright, you may need to get started Friday night.
Dale, along with building fantastic Greene and Greene, Mission and Shaker reproduction furniture and cabinets, teaches classes at his shop in Paoli, Indiana. Visit his website here, and see his list of upcoming classes here.