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Damask Style Candle Tray - "Monarch"

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Project by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 07-06-2015 10:14 AM 901 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am never great about posting my new projects here. I suppose I figure that many of you read my blog and I don’t want to over-post or “SPAM” the site here. I tend to do things in batches, and more so than not I come up with several new woodworking projects within a very short time.

The latest batch consists of five new candle trays and three new sets of ornaments. I don’t want to show them all at once here (again because I don’t want to flood the project gallery) but I will show one each day. I am kind of proud of them and I really liked how they came out.

This first candle tray I call the “Monarch” (SLD508 if you are interested in the pattern). It is cut from 1/2” mahogany using the scroll saw. Like most of my candle trays, the inside section is cut on a bevel so it drops down and locks into place. This ever so slightly raises the scrolled edge and gives it a little more dimension.

I love cutting candle trays because they are a nice, comfortable size to work with on the scroll saw and they can be used for many different things. This design can easily be used as a picture frame and the elements from it may be applied to other projects as well.

The repetition of the Damask style pattern is fun and relaxing to cut.

The tray is finished with a mixture of beeswax and mineral oil.

I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for looking. :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"





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racerglen

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#1 posted 07-06-2015 10:42 AM

Oh my, very nice Shelia ! I’m curious as to how long it takes to do that amount of intricate work ?

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 07-06-2015 10:44 AM

Thank you, Glen! This one did take a while because there were 16 motifs on it with 8 piercings in each. It probably took about 2-3 hours. I am thinking closer to two.

I just put on my cordless headphones and my favorite music and get lost in the process. :) It is lots of fun!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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stefang

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#3 posted 07-06-2015 11:15 AM

Nice design and scroll work Sheila. I’ve always wanted to turn some tea candle holders, but my wife is too afraid of fire. I think your project is a good compromise without sacrificing safety in any way. Looking forward to your project posts.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 07-06-2015 11:23 AM

Thanks, Mike. I suppose it would depend on the design of the tea light holders. I cringe when I see holders that are tall pedestals that hold the small lights. Having pets here (as I have had all my life) and/or children, there certainly would be a cause for concern with that type of holder. I have made a few tealight holders myself, but made sure that they are stable and not prone to tipping. I don’t think there is a lot of danger of the wood itself catching fire, unless the designs was truly poor and not thought out. Knowing the caliber of work you create, I doubt that would be an issue. But I too find I lean to the cautious side. That is why I like these trays that hold the large jar candles. Especially this low one that I have been showing of late with my trays. It keeps things pretty safe.

Thank you for your kind words. I was reading an old post on lasers/CNC vs. the scroll saw and I was happy to see that there are many woodworkers that feel as I do. We scroll for the joy of doing so, not necessarily to create a quantity of output. I think it is like any craft – there are automated alternatives, but what fun is that?

I am glad you like the tray. :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Roger

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#5 posted 07-06-2015 01:40 PM

You’re scrolling is so crispy-clean, always.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 07-06-2015 01:45 PM

Practice, my friend! Practice! :) I find it fun and easier with each piece I do. Thank you for your kind words. :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Celticscroller

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#7 posted 07-06-2015 04:51 PM

Beautiful design Sheila and very well done as always! Love the damask patterns. Looking forward to the pattern

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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#8 posted 07-06-2015 04:54 PM

Thank you Anna – it is coming soon. I will be offering a special for all five new Damask candle tray patterns. The set should be posted later on today. :)

I am glad you like it! :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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