|Project by Jonathan||posted 05-27-2010 02:14 AM||3007 views||13 times favorited||8 comments|
This 5-tealight candleholder was made from hard maple and walnut.
The strips of wood were crosscut and ripped on the tablesaw before glue-up with Titebond III and 5-clamps. The maple was 5/4 and the walnut was only 4/4, so I ended up cutting a strip of the walnut to set it on edge so as to be as thick as the maple, turning the edge grain to face up.
Measurements are as follows:
Overall length: 10-1/2”
Overall width: 2-11/16”
Overall thickness: 1-1/16”
Each strip of maple is 15/16” wide
The strip of walnut is 13/16” wide
The 45-degree chamfer on the bottom is 3/32” deep
The candle holes are 1-1/2” wide and 9/16” deep
A tealight is about 1-1/2” wide, so I drilled the center of the first hole 1-1/4” in from the side. From the center of each candle hole to the next center is 2”. There is exactly 1/2” spacing from the edge of the candleholder until the first candle, and also exactly 1/2” between candle edges.
The holes were drilled on my drill press using a 1-1/2” forstner bit. A tealight candle is about 9/16” tall. I wanted them to be just below flush with the surface of the wood. The forstner bit I used was close 9/16” tall on the sides before it met the shaft, so I basically drilled until the top of the bit was almost flush with the surface of the wood.
I used the belt sander to quickly smooth out a couple of light elevation differences. It was then hand-sanded up through 400-grit paper. I freehanded a 45-degree chamfer 3/32” deep on the bottom to keep the edges from getting dinged, plus to give it a lightly floating effect above whatever surface it sits on. All other edges were given a very slight roundover just to remove the sharpness. nothing major. It has soft rounded edges, rather than sharp edges.
The finish is 3-4 coats (bottom/top) of spray-on Zinsser Bull’s Eye Seal Coat dewaxed shellac. It was the first time I used the spray-on shellac. I will definitely use it again and only had a slight run on one end, trying to take care of the end-grain soaking everything up.
I already have other wood combinations and sizes planned for future versions of these. This was an enjoyable and easy project to complete in a short amount of time and made a great gift that travels well for my visiting mother-in-law who packed it in her suitcase and took it back to Michigan today. This would also be a great project to use up smaller pieces of wood.
New techniques, tools, etc. on this project:
I had not yet used my chamfer bit in the router.
I also used the spray-on (dewaxed) shellac for the first time here.
Things I’d do differently:
Lighter coats of shellac so as to avoid build-up/running on the end-grain.
The chamfer is not perfect and I did burn one little spot near a corner trying to get the chamfer right. I continued going slightly deeper several times, but finally decided to stop because I didn’t want the chamfered edge any more pronounced than it was.
-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."