Lathed candle holder

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Project by Cathy Krumrei posted 01-04-2008 06:58 PM 1451 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am adding a pic of my holder and I have a few questions along with this. I have some maple branches that I decided to make candle holders out of. This tree now has been in the woods and laying for a few years. It’s still green. I made this candle holder this morning. Hot off the lathe you could say. I decided at the time I was taking the bark off to leave some on. I like the contrast it gave to the holder.That’s where the questions come in. Since this is green wood before I do any finishing to it do I leave it alone for months and then finish it up? Also what finish would be best to put on these? Tung Oil, stain and spray finish? I want to make lots of these and I’m worried that the wood will split and I’ll be wasting my time. Course along the way I’ll be trying some lathe designs.
Thanks for any information! This is what happened within hours after I lathed it. Bummer!

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#1 posted 01-04-2008 07:13 PM

I can’t help you with the questions but I can say that this is lovely. I like the line of dark “dripping” down to the pool of dark at the bottom. It looks like candlewax to me. Nice.

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#2 posted 01-04-2008 08:33 PM

Nice, great use for this wood. You should look into polyethylene glycol 1000
There are probably some wood workers here that have used it for turnings and they could tell you more about it, some like it some don’t. I have used it to stabilize burl and it has worked well. Another good link.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#3 posted 01-05-2008 12:57 AM

Well FORGET this one. Within an hour cracks appeared all over it. I believe since I used the wrong wood. I cut a maple branch off and used that. Can’t DO THAT….I have to now go find some bigger chunks and not have the middle of the tree inside it. Least that’s the conclusion we came up with tonite.
Drat. It was SO cute! There goes the idea of keeping the bark on too. Another drat.

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#4 posted 01-05-2008 03:32 AM

Your candle holder looks good. YorkshireStewart made these maybe ask him for advise.

-- Andy Stark

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#5 posted 01-05-2008 06:34 AM

nothing wrong with a few cracks ! I’d coat them good with linseed oil and let ‘em airdry .. because they are candle holders, a few cracks may only add to the charm

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#6 posted 01-05-2008 02:08 PM

I agree.. “be one with the cracks” ... use them as part of the charm!

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#7 posted 01-05-2008 04:28 PM

I wouldn’t give up on them either, unless the cracks split it into pieces.

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#8 posted 01-06-2008 04:00 AM

There’s some stuff you can get at woodcraft called Polycryl if you can get your wood soaked in it soon enough, it will stop it from cracking. They also have some stuf called Pentecryl for green wood to stabalize it. What the Polycryl does is fill the dead cells and keeps the wood from shrinking and hence cracking. Bad side its pretty expensive. I don’t know of a cheaper place to get it. mike

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#9 posted 05-04-2008 04:26 AM

I use Anchorseal as soon as I take green wood off the lathe. I’ve had few problems with cracks. I turn it larger than I want the finished project, coat it with Anchorseal then let it dry for a few months and then turn it to final dimensions.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#10 posted 05-04-2008 04:40 AM

So Cathy it’s been 120 days how does it look now?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#11 posted 05-04-2008 05:18 AM

Couldn’t do a thing with it. So I used it to turn toothpicks with it. But I have found that I can turn the green wood. And within days I can finish it. I had posted in Turned Projects and those where all turned green wood.
A tiny bit of cracking but came out after I turned. Really nothing like this one did. And the maple one is from the same tree that this was from. So no more waiting for 6 plus months to redo it and no spending big $ to get it done. And no cracking and it’s been some time now when I did them.

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