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Project by CharlesA posted 08-04-2017 02:32 AM 512 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been wanting to make one of these, but I didn’t have a lathe. Then I found an old Buffalo lathe at a yard sale for $85 including tools. I jumped at it. So this is my first lathe project.

I had been asked to make a gift for a corporate partner, but I didn’t want to do a plaque or anything like that. So I said, “I want to make a Shaker candle stand. If that will do. I’ll do it for you.”

I didn’t actually use any of the plan templates themselves. I made a story stick for the spindle, designed the curve of the legs myself with a french curve.

The only thing I’d made on a lathe before this was some custom size dowels for my last project. I used a Fine Woodworking plan that I found really helpful, especially since I had no idea how to use the lathe to get that shape. Made it much, much easier.

Made from Cherry. It is finished with sprayed super blonde shellac with Renaissance wax on the top. My mortise dovetails were a little rough. I’d like to do that part again just to get them a bit better fit. Other than that, I have got this piece out of my system.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson





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#1 posted 08-04-2017 02:49 AM

very nice.
FYI: I don’t think you had to go that deep on the dovetails. They look a little deeper than necessary.
But you did a nice job.

-- Jeff NJ

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#2 posted 08-04-2017 02:50 AM



very nice.
FYI: I don t think you had to go that deep on the dovetails. They look a little deeper than necessary.
But you did a nice job.

- woodchuckerNJ

You may be right. That was the depth the plan called for.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#3 posted 08-04-2017 01:18 PM

looks great Charles!

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#4 posted 08-04-2017 01:54 PM

That’s Gorgeous!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 08-04-2017 02:25 PM

Charles, this is a beautiful piece and is so nicely done. It looks like an original.

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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#6 posted 08-04-2017 02:48 PM

Thanks y’all.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#7 posted 08-04-2017 04:29 PM

Hey, Charles, nice write-up, and it was really fun watching this come along on FB.

And I feel you on the dovetails: when I made mine, that’s the part I wished I could have gotten cleaner, too.

Overall, I really like the look of this stand. Most of the ones I’ve seen have higher profile legs (i.e., taller and narrower), so it’s nice to see something different. Also, kudos on doing such a nice, straight taper on the spindle. I used curves in mine simply because I knew I couldn’t turn something that straight and consistent if my life depended on it!

Also, using a smaller circular support underneath the table looks great, and I’m assuming this design choice was afforded by the nice wide boards you used for the top.

So how’d you enjoy your first lathe project?

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#8 posted 08-04-2017 04:53 PM

Good job, Charles … looks great!

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

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#9 posted 08-04-2017 05:46 PM


Overall, I really like the look of this stand. Most of the ones I ve seen have higher profile legs (i.e., taller and narrower), so it s nice to see something different. Also, kudos on doing such a nice, straight taper on the spindle. I used curves in mine simply because I knew I couldn t turn something that straight and consistent if my life depended on it!

So how d you enjoy your first lathe project?

- Dustin

Although I used the parting tool incorrectly at first, the idea of using it to establish the diameters every inch all the way down the spindle really helped. Then it was just making a smooth transition between the low points. I’m not sure how I would have done it on my own, but this method works great.

I think this project confirmed what my instinct told me: I want to have a lathe so I can use it in projects, but I’m never going to be someone who turns as the major part of my woodworking.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#10 posted 08-04-2017 08:21 PM

A very nice job Charles…

I have a plan for a Shaker candle stand in a NYWS book and I’m thinking that I too am going to need to do it… just because it’s there.

:^)

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#11 posted 08-05-2017 12:54 AM

You did a great job.

I have made a few pieces with this type of dovetail-joined legs. It is indeed a challenge. There is always at least one dovetail slot where the grain fights you. The good news is that every time it gets easier and the results improve.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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