Creating a Cord Channel for a Lamp Base

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Attach the end caps to the lathe centers using double sided tape or screws

Creating a cable channel for a lamp base

I recently ran into a dilemma when my wife asked me to make her a quick and inexpensive lamp base. I decided a two-piece base would work, attaching a long, narrow “neck” to a short, wide base for good support. Modeling the parts on the lathe would have been easy. The challenge was to create a hole through the neck axis to accommodate the lamp cord. The bit was more than double my longest drill bit and I didn’t want to buy a special bit for occasional use.

To do the job, I tore the square blank in half on my bandsaw, lightly joined the sawn surfaces, then made a shallow groove in the inner center of each half. I re-glued the two halves and temporarily secured the scrap wood “end caps” with strong double-sided tape. The caps provided a surface that my turning centers could bite into. (You could add some screws for added security if you wish.) When the turn was complete, I lifted the caps and finished the project. Due to the narrow cut of the bandsaw, the glue line was practically invisible. I saved some money and earned some points with the wife at the same time. Greg Strately


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