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Project by BburgBoy posted 10-02-2018 07:32 PM 525 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Plans from the most recent Woodsmith Magazine, Vol. 40/No. 239.

I thought this would be a simple little project for my daughters for Christmas. Not. It was darn hard. All the pieces are different and assembly was a bit tricky. Even with my precision cutting skills (:-) ), the pieces had some slop which meant numerous dry fits to get the candle shelves’ alignment just right.

The center of the legs require a cut on each side of exactly 36 degrees…. which required building a jig and revisiting some geometry. It took me a while to figure out that I needed to set the miter gauge to 54 degrees in order to yield a 36 d cut. Duh. I think I can still claim newby status for that goofy attempt.

The varied cuts allowed my to get to know my new bandsaw a bit better.

I think it’s rather attractive…but now I must decide which daughter gets the present….’cause I’m not making another one.

Legs are cherry and shelves are maple. Finished with gloss polyurethane from a can.

-- Larry, SW Virginia





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JimRochester

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#1 posted 10-02-2018 07:56 PM

Looks good. I was considering this for this year’s gift. But I have to make 8 or 9 and if one was this hard I may look for an easier project.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#2 posted 10-02-2018 11:49 PM

Nice Piece of Work & Well Done Larry!

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Eric

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#3 posted 10-03-2018 12:13 AM

Yes I saw this in the recent issue. It looks very nice, did not realize it was a difficult project.

I have always liked the projects in the Woodsmith issues over the years. I have used their construction methods in my own project. Excited to break ground on a new shop next spring and jump back in the woodworking.

-- Eric, Upstate South Carolina

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BburgBoy

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#4 posted 10-03-2018 01:24 PM

Sorry, I didn’t mean to scare you all away from this project. I found it difficult because of severe precision necessary in some parts….particularly the 36 degree cuts on the ends of the legs which form the centerpoint. Imagine being off by a half degree or so on each of the miters. That sloppage is magnified at the outer ends of the legs as you assemble the project.

-- Larry, SW Virginia

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#5 posted 10-03-2018 01:34 PM

Mann I love this, such a killer design.

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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Dustin

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#6 posted 10-03-2018 02:32 PM

I’ve been looking around on here for a tea-light holder design, and now you’ve given me yet another one to consider?!? Too many options, but this is too beautiful to scratch from the list!

-- "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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#7 posted 10-04-2018 04:43 AM

This realy looks so beautiful- so beautiful design, very unusual!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Eric

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#8 posted 10-06-2018 12:35 AM

Did not really scare away. It shows the craftsmanship. I like projects like that.

I try to design my project with no fasteners, let the joinery hold everything together. But there are times when a few screws are needed and may a few Brad nails.

Keep up the nice work

-- Eric, Upstate South Carolina

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