Candle box

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Blog entry by epp_dog posted 11-10-2009 04:46 AM 1148 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When my father gave me his woodshop there were several of these candle boxes that he had started for my mother. This year I decided to finish one of them for my mom for Christmas. Dad had made the box and drawers. The drawer fronts and lid were all I need to finish.

For the lid, I am planning no resawing a solid wood panel to 3/8 inch. To help it keep from bowing, I will install some braces (screws only – no glue) to the underside of the lid. At least that is the plan as of today.
Candle box!

-- David, Florida

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#1 posted 11-10-2009 05:07 AM

Looks good.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 11-10-2009 01:07 PM

David, this is interesting. It is enjoyable to be able to follow the construction process for a project.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 11-10-2009 04:44 PM

What a gift for your Mother, a box made by Father and son

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#4 posted 11-10-2009 07:52 PM

Great gift for Mom. I hope you will be showing it finished.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 11-11-2009 04:24 AM

I talked to dad and he said that mom still had all the candles she had been planning to put in these boxes (originally dad had 5 of these started but I intend to finish only this one).

Decided to do some more work tonight. Added the knobs and the lid. Dad had been trying to use 1/4” solid oak and then 1/4” oak plywood as the solid was warping too much. I went with 3/8” solid and added the stiffners (without glue and with 2 elongated holes). Even at 3/8 the screws for the hinges were a bit too long but a quick stop at the grinder took off the 1/32 they would stick through. Now to sand, stain (golden oak) & seal.

-- David, Florida

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#6 posted 11-11-2009 07:51 AM

I would guess that the candles go inside the lid, what are the drawers used for? More candles?

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#7 posted 11-13-2009 04:39 AM

Truth be told I am only guessing myself. I believe the top portion is for the long “taper” candles. I think the bottom is for tea lights or such. This was something my mother had seen in a catalog and convinced my father to “save” money by him making them. I spent too much time chatting at Woodcraft tonight to get anything done.

-- David, Florida

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#8 posted 11-30-2009 03:49 AM

Managed to get these sanded and stained this week. I had picked up what I thought was what dad was using for the woodwork in their new home (golden oak stain/sealer combo in a spray can) but all I got was the stain in a spray can. Interesting product to use. The spray was handy for laying down a lot of stain. From there it is just like normal – wait a few minutes and then wipe the excess.

I found a receipt from when dad bought the hinges: 12/24/2003! Mom is big on dad and I signing our work. I will have my signature and will get dad to add his since it was a collaboration project.

-- David, Florida

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