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Step 4: Finishing the Lamp Frame

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Now that assembly of the basic frame is all complete it is time to finish the frame. This means drilling holes in the base, sanding, oiling, and finally adding the paper walls.

In the bottom of the base a hole needs to be drilled for the power cord and two more for the bolts that hold the lamp base. For the cord I drilled the hole right in the very middle using a 7/32" drill bit. For the bolts I placed the lamp base on the bottom and used a pencil to mark where the holes should be. I used a 11/64" drill bit for both of those holes.

Start by rough sanding the frame with an electric sander and a grit of around 200. Work your way up to about 400-600 grit making sure to get rid of glue lines and marks from cutting the wood. Some of the smaller hard to reach locations will need to be done by hand.

After finishing sanding the frame you will need to apply some sort of finish to the wood. My finish of choice is Danish oil. Apply the oil making sure to get all of the nooks and crannies. The inside of the lamp doesn't matter as much to be oiled as the paper walls and lamp base will cover most of it. The outside is much more important to be finished. Make sure to wipe off any excess oil when finished applying it.

For the walls of the lantern I chose to use linen paper. I liked the way it looked when it was lit up. Cut the paper to about 6" x 10 1/2". The exact size will be determined by how big the space in the sides of your lantern turned out to be. Put a thin coating of glue on the insides and glue the papers in one at a time, making sure that it is flush with the edges.