Woodsmith Magazine Candle Holder

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Project by spaids posted 06-16-2010 03:44 AM 4344 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve had this on my todo list for around a year I guess. My wife loves it but she loves everything I make. I think it came out OK but I would like the legs to fit tighter. In a garage shop in June…. its close enough. Some day I have to learn how to take pictures because the color never looks right in my photos. The legs are maple. I used (for the first time) aniline dye in alcohol and it worked awesome. They look red in the photos but they are SO PURPLE. Aniline dye is so easy to use and so effective. I am very happy to have this stuff in my bag of tricks now.

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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#1 posted 06-16-2010 03:50 AM

Looks nice I like it.
Good pic of your cat too. Thanks for posting

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#2 posted 06-16-2010 03:59 AM

well done

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#3 posted 06-16-2010 04:28 AM

Great piece Spaids.
I never tried that dye. Gonna have to give it a shot.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#4 posted 06-16-2010 05:13 AM

I have not looked at the plans for this project, so I may be asking a redundant question here, but I’m guessing there are a few internal spacers to hold the two sides together, but make it look like two separate halves? Or did you just completely cut through the ends and then simply cut a dado going down the center?

I’m glad you used 7-candles and not 6-or-8 candles. Odd number tend to work best when design elements are concerned (as I’m sure you’re aware).

Were you attempting to make the maple resemble purpleheart, or just generally going for a purple tone?

I also like the way you considered the grain orientation on the top of the piece.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#5 posted 06-16-2010 05:15 AM

this is so cool. I really love the gap in the centre – it adds so much!

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#6 posted 06-16-2010 06:15 AM

learn to use the camera or just use purple heart wood :P

-- M.K.

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#7 posted 06-16-2010 10:05 AM

Very cool, I saw this in one of the magazines and has been on my list as well. I like the dye you did on the legs, I’ll have to try that. Looks real good, thx for sharing.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 06-16-2010 02:26 PM

Thanks for the comments guys (and gal).

Jonathan I have a sketchup I did of this in the 3d warehouse.
The sketchup only has 6 candles but thats what sketchup is for. So I can make some of my mistakes digitally.

The purple on the legs was not an attempt to make them look like purple heart. In person they look nothing like purple heart.

It is cut completely in half and then two thin strips are fitted in dado’s in the bottom and get screwed in.

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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#9 posted 06-16-2010 02:54 PM

Nice candle holder, seems to fit well with the room also.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#10 posted 06-16-2010 03:33 PM

Beautiful work. I think dying the legs purple was inspired.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#11 posted 06-16-2010 06:38 PM

I made a couple of these a while back for presents. I like the colors you picked.

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#12 posted 06-16-2010 08:00 PM

Very nice candle holder. This is one of the better ones I have seen.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#13 posted 06-16-2010 08:31 PM

Great piece. Loving the dye work. You learn something new every day! Must experiment with this myself. Thanks for posting.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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