Three turned candle sticks

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Project by FoolsLairWoodworks posted 02-20-2011 10:08 PM 1169 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are ones in oak, walnut, and honey locust (thorn). The oak is another one made from an old oak 4×4 I rescued from the scrap pile. It is about six inches tall. The walnut one was going to be a gavel head but i decided to to do this. The one on the right started out as a piece of firewood that had about an eight inch diameter. Most all of the outer sap wood was very soft and really rotten. I guessed right that there would be something nice on the inside. It has some really varied colors. More than what the pics show. There are quite a few worm holes and even a crack or two.

I turn these on my old HF lathe. I turn them as a spindle and sand to 220, steel wool, and burnish with shavings. I use a forstner bit in the drill press to remove the nubs on the ends. These are made to use a pillar candle on but I have drilled the tops to accept a taper candle, too. I cover the bottoms with felt.

These are a fun, quick project. No two ever turn out the same, even when you try…

-- 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 02-20-2011 11:14 PM

Nice looking turnings.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 02-21-2011 07:30 AM

Hi Jim,
It looks like you have a good handle on basic skills of turning wood and the works looks great.
For the critique I would say that these pieces appear to be top heavy and putting a chunk of burning pariffin on the top of something that is potentially unstable concerns me. In addition the proportions of the pieces with the heavy top also does not look appealing to the eye.
If you agree you could always put a temporary plug in the candle hole recess and re-turn them.


-- Les B, Oregon

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