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Project by Ron Aylor posted 10-08-2016 10:22 PM 758 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ratchet candle stand made of Wisconsin Cherry. I like to refer to this piece as my colonial dimmer switch … Hey, turn up the light!
 

The ratchet mechanism allows for four height positions …
 


 

The 4/4 side rails are morticed into the 8/4 base and through morticed into the rail at the top …
 


 

For the top I edge jointed two similar pieces of 4/4 and hand planed them down to 3/8”. Perhaps I should have considered resawing and bookmatching … but I think it looks just fine! (sorry for the poor quality of this photo)
 


 

The finish is but a light coat of bee’s wax. Thanks for looking … ALL comments welcome!
 

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.





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#1 posted 10-09-2016 03:50 AM

Interesting mechanism and very practical addition to this stand.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 10-09-2016 05:57 PM

You did a wonderful job on this piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 10-09-2016 08:39 PM

That’s a nice looking table, with a clever ratcheting design.

-- Barry, http://BarrysWorkshop.com/

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#4 posted 10-10-2016 11:27 PM

Thanks, guys! This little stand was a lot of fun to build and has become quite the conversation piece!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#5 posted 10-11-2016 05:48 AM

You know, I’ve seen a stand like this before, and always wondered why anyone would want to adjust the height of a small side table like this. I guess adjusting the height of a candle maybe makes sense.

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#6 posted 10-11-2016 10:28 AM



You know, I ve seen a stand like this before, and always wondered why anyone would want to adjust the height of a small side table like this. I guess adjusting the height of a candle maybe makes sense.

- Jeremymcon

Jeremymcon – Yes, with a typical 9” candle and the little over 8” of height adjustment, one can maintain the level of light for quite a long time … burning the candle almost completely.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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