Turned oak candle sticks

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Project by FoolsLairWoodworks posted 02-20-2011 08:40 PM 1595 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 02-24-2011 07:11 AM

Pretty cool!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 12-31-2014 02:30 AM


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