|Parts all clean, but I have this left over camshaft....|
|I see a lamp in your future.|
So I went to our local exotic wood showroom Southern Lumber. I had them cut a 2 inch thick by 7 inch square piece of Pau Ferro. Pau Ferro is a tone wood sometimes called Bolivian Rosewood. It is often used for fret boards on guitars and in the making of other musical instruments. As dense hardwoods go, it is cheaper than other woods like Ebony but is just as beautiful and durable. Most importantly though it is heavy, really heavy. This is very important to ensure that the lamp is stable and not top heavy. I paid about $40 for my piece, but you can order it here online from Rockler Woodworking for about $23 plus tax and shipping.
|Pau Ferro Blocks from Rockler Woodworking. Awesome.|
|Camshaft cleaned and test fitted on the block.|
Disclaimer: Before the extreme environmentalists go nuts, this piece of Pau Ferro cam from a tree that was felled before I was born, and no one had cut a piece from that sample in 15 years. No new rainforest was cut down for my lamp. Oddly enough recycled woods are more expensive than conventionally harvested, yes I did check there first. (that will be a different post)
I bought a Lamp Kit and the Threaded Rod Extension ( both are available at Lowe's or Home Depot) then I drilled a hole through the center of the block. I cut the threaded rod with a hack saw to fit the length of the cam. ( I had to make a spacer for the threaded rod so that it didn't slide around as the rod is smaller than the hole. I used over size bolts and filed them to fit the hole in the cam.) Then I used a 1 inch spade drill bit to counter sink the hole I already drilled in the block. you do this to make space for the nut that will hold the lamp together as well as space for the cord to come out the bottom so that the lamp will sit flat on a table. I then used a saw to cut a channel for the cord. A simple staple from a staple gun keeps the cord from falling. In the end it looked like this:
Here is the finished lamp. I was unsure of the shade I should use so I just picked a neutral tone. (Shade was purchased at Lowe's for $10) I still may change the shade. Is there an Art Direction for this lamp? Yes, yes there is. Wood is organic, yet the wood here is cut into a square block, metal is hard and cold, but this cam is machined into very round flowing shapes. Its all about contrast. PLUS there's the shiny metal and blinky lights..... so
For me, the best part about this project is that this camshaft came from the Truck that sits in My driveway. The truck runs great, and the camshaft could be re-used at anytime. No car parts were harmed in the making of this lamp.