|Project by FoolsLairWoodworks||posted 02-20-2011 08:40 PM||1003 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
Last fall, I snagged an old weathered oak 4×4, about six feet long, out of a flooring plants kindling and scrap pile. It did not have many cracks and was quite solid. I knew it would be good for turning “something”. I ended up cutting it into 6” lengths for candle sticks. These are something I can easily do to give to friends and family. Before Christmas I usually turn 30 to 40 candle sticks of various sizes and shapes.
I turn these as a spindle. When finished turning and sanding, I use a forstner bit in my drill press to remove the nubs on the ends. These are made to use a pillar candle but I also drill the top so that it can be used for a taper candle. I sand these on the lathe to 220, steel wool, and burnish with shavings. I spray them with minwax lacquer and glue a piece of felt on the bottom.
I always try to use wood that has wild grain, knots and knot holes, bark inclusions and even cracks to give an interesting look. I have fun with it.
-- Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose, Refurbish.... Yeah, I run one of the local No Kill Wood Shelters. Thanks, Jim Root, Bolivar MO