|The lantern as seen from the "front" although the angle doesn't really matter.||From the "back" showing the small wooden rod used to raise and lower the candle/lamp for lighting||Showing the lamp raised for lighting. The lamps come out in order to be refilled.|
They are fairly easy to make. The parts list is:
1 piece 5 3/4" x 5 3/4" (for the top)
1 piece 4 3/4" x 4 3/4" (for the bottom)
4 pieces 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 1/4" thick (for the decorative sides)
4 pieces 3/4" x 3/4" x 6" long (for the corner columns)
1 piece 3 1/8" x 3 1/8" x 1/4" thick (for the inside base)
1 piece of 1/4" dowel x 8" long (for lifting rod)
4 pieces of glass 3 1/2" x 6"
some thin rope
The underside of the top, showing the knotted ends of the rope.
|Some internal pieces. An assembled lifting base and an example of the decorative side pieces.||The lit lantern|
The lifting base has three corners cut off so it won't get caught up with the corner columns. The fourth corner has a hole for the lifting dowel to be inserted and glued.
Most glass should fit in the groove left by a standard circular (or table) saw blade. To make the groove for the decorative sides, you will need a router with a 1/4" bit, or a very small chisel
After all the pieces are cut, and the lifting base assembled, screw the four columns to the bottom piece
Attach the rope to the top, and fasten your candle holder to the lifting base.
Slide the glass and decorative sides into the grooves between each pair of columns.
Put the lifting base rod through the slide hole in the top, and screw the top to the four columns.