Sconce Body Done, now what?

I finished off the body of the “Gamble House Inglenook Sconce” today.  I have to make the “lid” or “roof” still, and I have no idea how to do that.  Anyone have any suggestions?  I can bandsaw it close, but I only have a 1″ wide re-saw blade for my bandsaw.  I could order a 1/2″ or 3/8″ blade I guess, but it will take a week or two to mail order a custom length blade (I have a WWII era DoAll bandsaw, they don’t have these blades at the local woodcraft store).

The top piece is about 7.5″ wide, so I can probably get the cut close enough that I can then sand it into submission from there.  I don’t see another practical way to do it.  Maybe you could hog out the material using a dado head going across the grain, and just take stepped cuts at the ends.

Transferring the locations for the pegs

Transferring the locations for the pegs by punching through a full size paper pattern

Peg holes chopped

Peg holes chopped

Ebony plugs glued in

Ebony plugs glued in



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8 thoughts on “Sconce Body Done, now what?

  1. I was wondering how you were going to do that. You could cut a kerf every 1″ or less whatever your comfortable with down close to the line and chisel the waste out. That would get you close. Maybe sand paper on a dowel to finish the shape. What you have done looks great.

    • I think some 120 grit sandpaper on a large dowel or tube will work to get this smoothed once I have it roughed. I did a test piece on my belt sander with a 6″ diameter contact wheel and it was very close. It’s just a bit dicy to do it that way, super easy to gouge the wood.

      Now that I’ve done a “practice piece” (read: “screwed up the first attempt”) it looks pretty do-able. It wasn’t a good piece of wood anyway.

  2. Man, that looks really nice. It kinda looks like a band saw job. I might use rasp or spoke shave (probably rasp cuz it looks pretty fragile). I’m bettin’ you’ll be doing a lot of test pieces trying to sort that out.

    • One practice piece down 🙂 I cut it close(ish) on the saw and sanded out the inside curved on the wheel of my belt sander. It’s close, but not quite. I think I can get it bandsawn and and then dial it in with a rasp and sandpaper. But I need to glue up another (maybe 5 or 6) top blanks first.

  3. Jose Santiago

    Looking good. Are glass panels going to replicate the original or will you deviate some?

  4. I’ll try to copy the original as closely as I can. Same design, probably different glass.

  5. Jose Santiago

    I just stumbled on my pack of scrollsanders from Olson. Check them out.


  6. That’s pretty slick. I put strips of PSA sandpaper on a strip of metal and used that in my friends scroll saw. It worked OK, but didn’t last as long as you might hope. I might have been running it too fast, come to think of it.

    I think I’m going to get a scroll saw the next time I need to do something like this. It’s pretty handy.

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