Golden-Glow Oil Lamps

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Turn this trio and then ebonize the rim for a distinctive look.

Designers/Turners/Writers: Kip Christensen & Rex Burningham

Overall dimensions: 3½"dia. × 2½"h (small lamp)
4¼"dia. × 2½"h (medium lamp) 5"dia. × 2½"h (large lamp)

These complementary lamps make an attractive home accent, adding warmth to a romantic dinner or other occasion. We chose a 2 × 5 × 5" blank of dry cherry to prevent cracking and/or warping. You can change the wood species and sizes if desired. The good news: you can turn the entire trio in an afternoon.

Note: Have the oil bottle in hand before turning the lamp. Bottles with wicks (for a confetti-style lamp) and lamp oil are available at craft stores. You can also size the recess to fit common tea light candles, but include a glass cup to protect the wood from the flame. See the Convenience-Plus Buying Guide for the complete list of items needed to turn the lamps, as well as a DVD on the subject.

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