age-old kerosene or oil-fired Lantern, complete with reflective Lantern
Holder still casts a warm, friendly light…even in the most modern
In our example, the notched shelf on our Holder is designed to cradle
the Lantern, while the mirror behind reflects interesting patterns of
light throughout the room.
There are two ways to go about making this Holder:
• If you’re just making a few to give as gifts, the Scroll
Saw or Sabre Saw method is probably going to be the best approach for
• However, if you’re planning to make a larger quantity
that you’ll be selling at craft fairs and such, a router-based
duplicating device such as Shopsmith’s Overarm
Pin Router will make fast, easy work of duplicating high numbers
with amazing repeatability.
We’ll give you the basic procedures for both methods…but
it’s important to note that actual sizes and designs are really
up to you…and must be based on the actual Lantern you plan to
use with it.
For example, you could create a completely different design for behind
the mirror – or use a solid back with no mirror. You could substitute
stained glass for the mirror, and perhaps even make a solid shelf to
hold candles or potted plants instead of the Lantern. So take a look
at and understand our approach…then make the Holder to fit the
Lantern you plan to put with it…and the mirror cutout shape you
feel will best suit the décor.
The Scroll Saw Approach:
1): Glue-up (if necessary) and cut the pieces for the Lantern Holder
Back and Shelf to outside dimensions. Make your workpieces about 1/2"
larger all-around to allow for final shaping.
2): Cut the dado to accept the shelf
3): Enlarge the pattern in our drawing (or create your own), then transfer
to your workpieces for cutting the outside shape and the mirror cut-outs.
If you’re using a Scroll Saw, you can probably pad-saw the Shelves
and Backs two at a time by temporarily attaching your pairs together
4): Use a hand-held Router or your Shopsmith
Routing Package to rout a 1/8” to 3/16” deep area behind
the mirror cut-out area for mirror to drop into.
5): Next, use your Drum
Sander set-up to smooth all internal and external edges to your