candle holder

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Project by mpatrick posted 02-04-2011 05:31 AM 1955 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

candle holder made out of maple, purpleheart, with walnut feet.

I was just messing around trying to figure out how to do a few things and came out with a candle holder.

First time trying bent lamination, that was sort of frustrating, but I like the way it turned out. Got to use my bandsaw, still trying to learn how to use that thing properly. I do have to say since I got it I have hardly turned on my table saw.

Also found out that if you take a heat gun to purple heart it really turns purple fast, and maple burns easily.

Overall I learned a lot doing this little project, mostly that I really need to take my time with sanding and finishing, there are a lot of mistakes that could have been avoided.

-- Michael...Houston, Texas

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#1 posted 02-04-2011 05:55 AM

very nice. I just made candle holders very similar for Christmas gifts. Not quiet as detailed though. Good Work

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#2 posted 02-04-2011 06:10 AM

Very cool! I like your design, especially the strip of purple heart.

-- Mark, Pearland Tx

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#3 posted 02-04-2011 09:19 AM

Nice design and great purple heart tip, Thanks.

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#4 posted 02-04-2011 12:25 PM

Nice candle holder you have made. I made some similar ones from a article I read on one of the woodworking Mags.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 02-04-2011 02:28 PM

Michael, projects like this make great gifts and help us use those cut offs that we just can’t seem to get rid of. This looks like a nice design and you chose a complimentary set of woods for its construction.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 02-04-2011 05:44 PM

Michael, Looks great. Write a blog how you did the bent purpleheart. I would like to know.

-- Greg, Concordia, Mo

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#7 posted 02-04-2011 07:17 PM

I’m not sure its really blog worthy. All I did was use my dividers to draw the curve with the width of the strip spaced out, cut close to the lines on the bandsaw, then sand with my spindle sander. Soaked the purpleheart for a few hours and clamped the whole thing together using gorilla glue. I actually had to clamp it 4 different times, because it kept separating. I think next time I’m gonna try and steam the wood, to make it more pliable.

-- Michael...Houston, Texas

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