Yer' basic candle box...

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Project by rwyoung posted 11-15-2009 12:21 AM 1401 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just yer’ basic candle box. Cherry wood with oil and wax finish. A mix of hand tools and power tools. Mostly handplane work to smooth the wood but some hand re-sawing for the thin stock for the top and bottom and the lid is beveled so it will slide home.

Top and bottom are solid cherry and beveled like a panel for a frame-and-panel door. All the beveling was done free-hand with a block plane. The bottom floats in a groove so the little bit of expansion/contraction won’t blow it apart.

Lots of fun using the handplanes to prep the stock thickness before cutting the dovetails (PC4212 jig). Made it kind of interesting to fit up since dovetail jigs are designed to work best with identical thickness stock. A good experiment and good practice with the planes but in the future not the best way to do it.

I’m always amazed how much the color and look of things changes with my little digital camera. I think it is a combination of the on-camera flash (way too strong for the short subject distance) and the camera emphasizes reds. Oh well, I suppose I could spend more time post-processing the images but I’d rather play with my other toys. That funny little black dot on the end panel is a digital artifact, not something on the wood.

In sunlight, the curly cherry isn’t blotchy and the little bit of sap wood in the lid blends better. Under room light the cherry takes on that great browny-red glow.

Box will easily hold 12” tapers.

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#1 posted 11-15-2009 04:12 AM

You did a really good job on this, RW!! Those dovetails couldn’t be better…and I like the idea of a panel style fit. But why isn’t your computer screen locked on LJ’s?! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#2 posted 11-15-2009 07:31 AM

Very nice candle box.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 11-16-2009 03:34 AM

Great job on the candle box. nice detail with the dovetails.

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