Janae's Missionary Candle Box

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Project by Jeff Waggoner posted 01-13-2011 09:15 PM 2779 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first woodworking. I built it to enter in a student competition. I placed 6th at Regional’s and 3rd at International’s with students from around the world. My Inspiration for this project come from Roy Underhill the Woodwright Shop. As part of the project I had to create a report on the project. This is a portion of that report.

It is a missionary candle box with hidden compartments. They were used by people to hide money when traveling or at home before banks. No nails or brads were used in this project. I started by going to the lumber mill to select hard word for my project. I selected the wood I thought would best suit my project and the time period in which this piece originated. I chose curly maple, walnut, and cherry because I liked the way they accented each other. To make the cove molding on the top of the box I used the table saw with a fence clamped to the table at an angle to the blade. I removed the saw marks with a card scraper and sand paper. I reinforced the miters with dovetails keys made from walnut. The finish is a wipe on polyurethane.

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-- Jeff Waggoner,

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#1 posted 01-13-2011 09:45 PM

Excellent for a beginner you certainly don’t pick the easy stuff do you to start off absolutely well done.Very kind regards and keep it up we need ladies like you to put us guys to shame.I never did so well first time round.LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 01-13-2011 10:00 PM

Beautiful interpretation of Roy’s box. The only criticism I would offer is the finish. Beeswax would be a lot more appropriate to the period, as they didn’t have wipe on poly back in the day.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#3 posted 01-14-2011 04:11 PM

Very impressive!

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#4 posted 01-15-2011 03:05 AM

I still have that episode on the DVD, I played at getting the angles right but wqsunable to make it work. I like your use of the sliding dove tail to hide the bottom compartment, well done, no comments on how not a beginner it looks! I look forward to your future projects.

-- the journy of a thousand miles begins with a single step " Lou-Tzu"

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