Candelabras, brass

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Project by unkwood posted 01-24-2010 09:01 PM 1250 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In 1955 I was stationed in Portsmouth, NH in the Navy Yard, on a submarine (USS Angler ss240). It was the weekend and nothing was going on. There were three of us, and one guy was telling us about the candelabras that he had seen in town for 180.00 dollars each, and he drew a picture of them. The other fellow said, we can build them, and we started out. We had plenty of brass stock aboard, brass pipe and brass washers. We cut the rod to size and flattened the ends, bent them to form and silver soldered the parts together.we the had 6 candle holders, two apiece. when they were all shined , we sprayed them with lacquer, and mine have been the same ever since.
I’m sorry their not woodworking, but I thought they might be interesting. Should I shine them up or leave the Petrina on them?

-- Carl

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#1 posted 01-24-2010 10:04 PM

An interesting story about the misappropriation of military stock, no the wonder we have to sign in triplicate just to get a nut and bolt from stores these days!

Seriously though, nice work. I’d shine them if I were you and then build something to attach them too. Like a large wooden framed mirror or something.

See you this week hopefully – I need your help on some tiger maple!!

-- Neil, Connecticut - Hand planing is good for the soul!

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#2 posted 01-24-2010 10:29 PM

Apparently not sorry enough to respect the rules…


-- Jim

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#3 posted 01-24-2010 11:26 PM

When I was in the ‘canoe club’, my boss told me that anything we could easily take was our fringe benefit! It was to make up for the fact that we were paid so poorly and the other benefits weren’t all that good (substandard medical care, free food at the galley-can’t get there, etc).

I’m partial to shiny brass, brightwork, so shine away.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#4 posted 01-25-2010 12:05 AM

Are those wood candles? LOL the holders are cool

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 08-30-2010 09:20 PM

Hold on fellower’s , i didn’t say the material wasn’t paid for, of course it was.Can’t you tell by the picture that I’m an honest man, besides the statue of llimitations is up .

-- Carl

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