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Project by dustyal posted 1330 days ago 3552 views 9 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Shaker style candle box for my wife. I am finding out that women like candle boxes. Last count I have request for six more.

Sapele top, either maple or mahogany sides. Walnut miter splines. Wipe on poly. At wife’s request, I left off the typical molding trim that would surround the base. But that was decided AFTER I installed splines… so they may look a little high. Also I went a little different on the slide out end of the top.

This is project we did in a two day (excluding finishing) Mason-Dixon Woodworkers work shop and we used lumberjock Jack D's shop. Great fun.

Used a Kehoe jig for the miter splines.

The source and how to video is here: http://www.dovetailspline.com/

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...





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Karson

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#1 posted 1330 days ago

Al I like the way that you used the top of the end panel on the lid. When it’s closed it looks perfect. When it’s open – Well – It’s usually always closed.

Post a picture of the end where the opening is.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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jack1

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#2 posted 1330 days ago

This is very nice. Neat dove tail treatment as well as the lid.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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bigike

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#3 posted 1330 days ago

great work, love the simple look.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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dustyal

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#4 posted 1330 days ago

Okay Karson… got to keep you happy. End view photo posted. I just used the cutoff… shaped the bottom to match the angle of the lid and temporarily using double sided tape to hold to the lid. I’ll glue it and touch up when we decide this is the way to leave it. Yeah, a little funny when opened, but looks fine closed. I wasn’t sure if the Mrs would get frustrated with the corners when open. She says it is okay.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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rowdy

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#5 posted 1330 days ago

Very nice. Sapele is pretty wood.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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fernandoindia

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#6 posted 1329 days ago

Very elegant Al. I like to make a try on that lid closing and dovetail inserts

-- Back home. Fernando

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Karson

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#7 posted 1329 days ago

Thanks Al.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Chip

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#8 posted 1329 days ago

Love the focus on those beautifully done keys Al. Don’t hide ‘em, celebrate them! And the top is terrific also. Wonderful piece.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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Wolffarmer

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#9 posted 1329 days ago

Beautiful box. I will have to try one like that, though i will skip the dovetail splines. As nice as they are.

Why did they call them “candle” boxes? If you know

Randy

-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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dustyal

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#10 posted 1329 days ago

Randy: Well, back before electric, they needed someplace to store their homemade candles? Actually, that is what my wife says she will use it for… store her Christmas candles. They tend to break and otherwise get damaged if not properly stored. Can’t burn a broken tapered candle very well—or so I am told. My sister said she needs one for her candles, too. What do I know? I also think women like to put their junk away… neatly. So, boxes are good. Me, I just toss everything on the top of the dresser.

Thanks for the comment.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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DaveLeHardt

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#11 posted 1326 days ago

Beautiful box, the splines and top a fantastic. And agree, the ladies do like boxes for their stuff.

-- What? Me worry?!

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WWilson

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#12 posted 1293 days ago

Hi Al,

Great project! I really like the splines and your joints are right on! Thanks for sharing.

-Will

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itsmic

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#13 posted 1237 days ago

Nice box Al, your execution and craftsmanship is superb, the wood really makes this piece elegant and classy, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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grace123

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#14 posted 1122 days ago

How did you make the lids? Especially how did you make the beveled edge?

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dustyal

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#15 posted 1122 days ago

I had access to a router table with a big raised panel bit and took a dozen or so light passes. I have done something similar with my small bench top table saw—but I need a jig to help do it right. Basically the technique is about how to make a raised panel insert for a cabinet door. Lots of different ways if you search LJ site and the web in general.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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