Candle Box

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Project by doncutlip posted 01-08-2012 08:10 PM 1739 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a design from a book on traditional box making, called a Shaker Candle Box. I modified the design a bit, and I don’t have curved chisels for the finger pull so I just put a simple slot made with a bull nose router bit. The box does have quite a number of dadoes and rabbets, as shown in the second picture. I made all those with a table saw. I made quite a few mistakes with one of the end pieces and had to re-make it twice. I finished it with Antique Improver as that bottle is running low and looked like just enough to finish this project. It doesn’t do much initially to pine, but it will darken to a carmel color after about a year; it’s worthe the wait. It’s pictured with a ‘courtin candle’, used in Victorian era times to regulate how long a suitor could stay when he came calling on a lady.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#1 posted 01-08-2012 08:22 PM

Hey Don
I like your candle box ,looks like it was fun to make. Mistakes… they happen to all of us.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 01-08-2012 08:26 PM

That’s an interesting end treatment with the notch, something I must have to try. Some lovely wood, the knots are great and the rabbeted joints are pleasantly plain. Nice work.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#3 posted 01-08-2012 09:56 PM

Very nicely done and a interesting bit of information about the candle .
Yes it is a simple looking box and is this type of project that bites you and is the cause brain f…s


-- Kiefer 松

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#4 posted 01-09-2012 01:51 AM

Beautiful work. Very clean and simple.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#5 posted 01-09-2012 02:20 AM

Love it!!! Sometims it’s just fun to work with some pine.

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#6 posted 01-16-2012 04:43 AM

I love the simplicity of this box! I also like making changes to suit your needs, tools, material, etc. I’ve got a son who has been asking for a box of some kind, and I’ve got some wood that I think would be perfect for this project.

VERY nice work!

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#7 posted 01-23-2012 09:38 PM

A nice looking Shaker Candle box.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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