Son's Profile Candle Holder

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Project by dmann posted 12-18-2014 03:17 AM 1046 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So it has been a while since I have turned. A few job changes, family illnesses, and building a new house left me with little time to turn over the past 5 years. Things have settled down a little and I wanted to make something special for my wife for Christmas. Oh yeah and we had a son somewhere in there too :)

I got this idea from a local message board and have wanted to do it for a long time. It is a spindle turning with the profile of my son’s face. I picked a dark wood so it would show up well against the light wood behind the fireplace mantle – that is probably where it will end up.

I included a few pics of coming up with the profile in InkScape, a free vector drawing tool. I was able to trace my son’s profile from a picture I took and then manipulate the path angles to compose the piece I wanted.

I bought a fresh set of calipers since I knew I would be using them a lot for this piece. I went about it pretty randomly but used a printout of the artwork to transfer measurements to the piece and cut diameters with a parting tool. Since I hadn’t turned in 5 years I think I spent more time sharpening my tools than actually turning. After getting the rough diameters I mainly used a small gouge and the smallest rounded scraper I could find.

Hit it with a little gloss lacquer on a rag and voila.

-- David / Durham, NC

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#1 posted 12-19-2014 02:12 AM

Neat candle holder. it has a special meaning too!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 12-19-2014 03:55 PM


And (unfortunately) that’s something your son will probably grow to forget … Put it away and give it to him on his wedding day! It will surely become a cherished possession in his new house.

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