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Ikebana style candle holders, zebrawood

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Project by slaphitter posted 2536 days ago 1619 views 8 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These were a Xmas gift for Mrs. Slappy last year, which she was quite happy with.

Great fun, very satisfying. Starting with dry 8/4 stock, I made each of these literally in about an hour from bandsaw to final finish coat. (They are not hollow.)

The shape is based on a traditional Japanese ikebana (artistc flower arrangement) vase.

Or, maybe flying saucers…. :)





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WayneC

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#1 posted 2535 days ago

Very nice. What process did you use to make them? Any special Jigs?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Grant Davis

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#2 posted 2535 days ago

Nice candle holders. My sister loves candles and I may have to borrow this idea.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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slaphitter

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#3 posted 2535 days ago

No jigs, Wayne. Lathe work. Just routine bowl turning, except the only hollowing is the cavity for the candle cup.

The finish is (A) sanding through 1000 grit, then water-based poly applied while the lathe is spinning. Buffed out with a cloth on the spinning lathe.

The proportions are: the edge should be about 2/3 of the thickness off the table, with the top side only being 1/3 of the total thickness. Just a nice even curve, by eye.

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WayneC

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#4 posted 2535 days ago

Thanks. Was wondering if you used something other than the lathe given your bandsaw comment. I’ve seen a few sanding jigs, etc.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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mot

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#5 posted 2535 days ago

Those are pretty cool. Do you chuck them with a recess? I really like the form.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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slaphitter

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#6 posted 2535 days ago

Yes, Tom. I drilled a shallow forstner hole in one face, and expanded the chuck jaws into it. That becomes the candle cup eventually. First I turned the bottom, and included another shallow mortise in the base. Then flipped it around in the chuck, turned the top and sized the hollow to fit the candle cup precisely.

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David

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#7 posted 2535 days ago

Very cool! I like the form and lines. Thanks for the info in the proportions!

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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dennis mitchell

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#8 posted 2535 days ago

Nice form.

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YorkshireStewart

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#9 posted 2529 days ago

I’ve done quite a few candle holder, but I like these best.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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brunob

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#10 posted 2379 days ago

Very nice. Now off to my lathe to make one…

-- Bruce from Central New York...now, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#11 posted 2308 days ago

Very nice

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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Karson

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#12 posted 2307 days ago

Those are some beautiful candle holders. A fantastic job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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trifern

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#13 posted 2264 days ago

Nice projects. My local woodturners club just had a program showing similar projects that used lamination to create various patterns.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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capsfan

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#14 posted 2255 days ago

I have a 10” x 65” piece of 8/4 quilted maple stashed at work that is going to be on the lathe this weekend. Nice clean lines and proportions. Deffinately gonna steal this one.

-- We can't all be heroes, somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by. (Will Rogers 1879-1935)

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