|Project by Jonathan||posted 06-23-2010 11:09 PM||3886 views||15 times favorited||14 comments|
I made this tealight candle holder a few weeks ago out of walnut and hard maple, but it sat unfinished down in the basement. A couple of days ago, my wife was getting ready to send a 10th wedding anniversary card to some friends of ours out in Michigan. I said if she could wait an extra day, I could finish the candleholder and mail everything together. So I quickly applied 4-5 coats of spray-on dewaxed shellac.
I normally take meticulous notes with measurements of everything to include here. Sorry, I forgot to do that on this one. I realized it after I was driving back home from the post office this morning. I do remember that the angle on the ends and sides was 30-degrees.
I had to use sacrificial cauls to get the holes for the candles to come out as clean as they did without getting any tearout on the hard maple. I really need to make myself a drill press table to make all of my drill press work faster and easily repeatable!
I always tend to use odd numbers of candles, as I feel it is the best way to balance things out from a design standpoint.
Wood used: 4/4 walnut, 5/4 hard maple.
Hand sanded 80-120-150-220-320. I barely rounded all the edges and corners over, just enough to soften any sharp edges.
I used Titebond III for the glue-up.
Finish was 4-5 coats Bulls-Eye Seal Coat spray-on (dewaxed) Shellac.
I woodburned the message “Happy 10th Anniversary!” onto the bottom, plus my signature and date.
The 1.5” forstner bit I have is the perfect size to drop a tealight into without any play.
I wanted to make this candleholder with the candles hanging out the sides a bit to add a metallic element into the design, plus I wanted to experiment with using a backer/sacrificial caul on the drill press, as I’ve never had to drill out the side of wood before like I did here.
I decided this morning that simple little items like this are easy enough to make and have a few of sitting around for a last minute occasion such as this. I’m overloaded enough as it is with all of the house projects, plus making items for the fundraiser I’m blogging about right now, plus a full time job. If and when I ever get caught up with everything, I will begin to accumulate a stock pile of similar items to this so we have last minute gifts.
These are excellent projects to use scrap pieces on! Why waste it, when you can make it?
-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."