Cherry Candlestick Holders

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Project by JohnGreco posted 02-19-2011 05:44 AM 1675 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter’s school is having a fund raiser event with door prizes, so I thought I’d make something they could offer as one of the prizes.

I had some Cherry that I decided to use to make a set of candlestick holders. The only problem was I had about a week to make them. I wanted them to have a nice patina so people could more easily recognize them as being cherry (I’m not sure many non-woodworkers know how light it is when it’s freshly cut).

After 3 days of cloudy weather, my wife commented that it was too bad I couldn’t just throw them on a tanning bed. Then I thought hey, why not? So I took a drive down to the local tanning salon and after some puzzled looks, a few strange questions (no ma’am, I will not be tanning with them in the bed) and a consent form, I had the pieces booked for a 12 minute session. That’s the first picture.

The second picture is what they looked like before they went tanning, and the third picture is just a couple of hours later with their first coat of tung oil.

2 days after their tanning session and 3 coats of tung oil later, you see them in the final shot. Really makes you wonder what those tanning beds are doing to people’s skin…

As always, thanks for looking.

-- John

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#1 posted 02-19-2011 06:16 AM

That is a very out of the box solution !!!
Great work on those

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#2 posted 02-19-2011 06:29 AM

Great candle sticks holders. And, wow on the tanning booths, very cool idea. Just be careful you don’t give them cancer.

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#3 posted 02-19-2011 12:50 PM

Here’s a faster way to get the same effect. Mix a teaspoon full of lye in two cups of distilled water and apply with a sponge. In a couple of minutes you get the same effect as many years of normal aging.
It’s easy, it’s cheap and it works great. Just remember the rubber gloves and eye protection. While it is a relatively weak solution, proper safety measures should still be followed.

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

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#4 posted 02-19-2011 03:31 PM

Thanks for the kind words, and thank you Big Tiny for the tip! I’m going to have to give that a try :)

-- John

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#5 posted 02-19-2011 04:00 PM

I’m glad I read your description because I had NO IDEA what that first picture was about! Very creative idea!Alin posted a pretty imformative write up on potassium dichromate for the same result. The nice thing about the tanning bed is no chemicals and you get to see the reaction on people’s faces at the salon!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 02-20-2011 01:34 AM

Thanks, Steve. That was a really good write-up.

-- John

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