On a recent trip to the beach, my wife and I were browsing through a local store and saw these jellyfish-inspired air plants made with sea urchin shells. Of course, I immediately started thinking about how to create a jellyfish project of my own in the woodshop.
One piece of wood for the body 3" x 6" I used Osage Orange
One piece for the base 14" x 12" I used Maple Burl
Eight pieces for the outside tentacles 1/4" x 10" I used Myrtlewood
Fore pieces for the inside tentacles 1" x 8" I used Myrtlewood
One piece of amber acrylic rod 1" x 14"
One piece of blue acrylic 4" x 4"
One set of LED lights
Oscillating spindle sander
Drill and drill bits
Easy Wood Finisher
Easy Wood Rougher
Flush cut saw
air rotary tool
I started planning in earnest once I got back to the shop. I decided on maple burl for the base. The piece I used looks like coral or a rocky sea floor and adds some atmosphere to the finished lamp. The head is made from Osage Orange and rounded to a graceful curve. To connect the two, I used a rod made of amber acrylic, which was turned down to size, sanded, and then bent using a propane torch to carefully soften the middle section. Again, I was trying to obtain an organic feel, so a gradual curve is important. The tentacles are made from myrtlewood that I carved on the bandsaw and shaped using an oscillating spindle sander. I made several more intricate inner tentacles using the lathe to cut a spiral shape.