Candle Rack

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Project by Andy posted 05-17-2009 06:54 PM 4157 views 32 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We were having an anniversary party for my daughter and her husband last night and I decided at the last minute to make an additional gift.This is common for me.
The recent issue of WOOD magazine has a nice candle rack and thats where I got my inspiration. Its a good design and explained very well, but I just like to create something a little bit different. So, I decided to buy a single candle first and develop the size and design from that. I was aiming for a more elegent and lighter look.
The candles in their vases are about 3’’ wide, so I decided that three would work better than five.

This made the length about 12’’,the width about 5’’ and its about 3’’ tall.
The feet are Bloodwood and the rest is Maple, the finish is lacquer.
All of the shaping is done by eye on a drum sander.
I threw together a jig to align all the parts for glueing. Other than a dado for the bottom, there isnt any joinery to hold it all together. I didnt want to use fasteners and clamping was going to be a bear,so I decided to use super glue.I have been using gel type cyanoacrylate for years and knew it was a good choice for the project.
The jig was nothing more than some blocks and stops to position the legs and rail, one side at a time. I then placed a bead of CA on each piece and sprayed the mating part with the activator and firmly pressed the parts together, then flipped it over and repeated the process.
I started working on sketches at about 9:30 and had the last coat of finish on at 5:00.
It was well received :)

Super Glue notes for those who dont use it in the shop: The activator is nothing more than acetone in a spray,but it is easy to use and really makes assembly “Instant”.

Our cabinet shop and installers have been using this approach for years. Mostly on small moldings or tricky crowns where two hands or clamps arent possible.The parts are cut and assembled on the bench and pinned in place.This keeps miter joints from squirming open.

One drawback to CA is it doesnt take shock very well, but works great for holding until fasteners can be put in. Its great for display pieces.

I use it all the time to make quick cut off stops for my saws,or holding small parts for sanding.A chisel will pry the part off of a backer board without damaging anything.Or a sharp rap with a mallet will knock the part off if its larger.

Its perfect for assembling the wheels on wooden cars.The gel has a longer open time,enough to position all the axels where you want them and then a quick blast with the activator locks them all into place.

Care must be taken not to get it on surfaces that will be stained, it goes into open pores and stain wont be absorbed,leaving blotches. It takes deep sanding in some woods to get it all out.

The activator will cause some woods to bleed their color. Bloodwood will stain maple, so be careful or better yet use a little masking tape to protect the maple.

It also loves to glue skin, and thats why I prefer the gel because it doesnt creep out as much. I have learned to put tape on my finger tips when glueing small parts.

If you dont use it very often ,then put it in a zip lock bag and place in the refer.

Titebond has just recently came out with their version of the glue, offering it in 4 viscosities at about $10 per 2oz bottle. It should be available wherever you find Franklin products.

If you dont use this little helper in the shop yet, give it a try.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#1 posted 05-17-2009 07:32 PM

Beautiful candle stand .nice write up on the glue : )

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#2 posted 05-17-2009 07:43 PM

very nice candle stand looks great

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#3 posted 05-17-2009 07:49 PM

Love the design and wood combination, very, very nice…..................
Great tips on the glue also, tks…........... I think I will try some of this in some of my settups.

Thanks for sharing

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#4 posted 05-17-2009 09:48 PM

A very clean design – I’m sure your daughter and son-in-law loved it.

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#5 posted 05-17-2009 10:37 PM

Outstanding design and the wood contrast works great.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#6 posted 05-17-2009 10:38 PM

A cool looking design, & well crafted.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 05-18-2009 01:52 AM

Hi Andy;

Very nice project. It’s beautiful.


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#8 posted 05-18-2009 02:28 AM

Rare design, shows the originality of the idea and imagination.
Great workmanship.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#9 posted 05-18-2009 04:13 AM

Thanks for the kind comments from all of you!

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#10 posted 05-18-2009 05:05 AM

I saw the original plans in Wood Magazine and liked them. I really like your take on the holder, well done and nice selection of woods. Also appreciate the tip on the CA glue.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#11 posted 05-18-2009 02:36 PM

Very nice! I really like the bloodwood & maple, the colors go great together.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#12 posted 05-18-2009 03:06 PM

Thanks Bill and Dennis for taking time to comment.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#13 posted 06-10-2009 05:21 AM

I am planning to make one like the on in Wood magazine. I lik how you modified it to your own preferences. fantastic job!

Thanks for the info/steps on using CA. Do you like the Titebond version over the over-the-counter brands?

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#14 posted 06-10-2009 01:33 PM

Thanks Hawg! Actually,I havent yet tried the Titebond,it isnt available here yet.I use a gel from the local model airplane store which works very well.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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