Candle Boxes

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Project by ratchet posted 04-16-2012 02:31 PM 2755 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of Candle Boxes. These are fairly very easy to make. The plans are from Wood magazine (listed as a Wine Box). The sliding lids are nice, but tended to slide at the wrong time so I turned a couple of brass screws on the drill press with a file (to act as a slide stop)
1st box is Tiger/figured maple with Walnut ends. Tiger maple and bloodwood handle. Walnut sliding lid.
2nd box is Mahogany sides and walnut ends. Bloodwood and maple handle. Sliding lid is walnut with maple and monkeypod center stripe. I mistakedly cut the sliding top too narrow so added the center stripe “feature” to get the width right.
My niece likes things red, so we are giving her the red/mahogany one. I’ve started making at least 2 of most smaller projects. Its alot less work than making 2 seperate projects and you get to keep one and give/donate one.
I think if I make any more of these boxes a raised panel for the top is in order, and maybe some kind of wooden latch mechanism.
Finish: Transtint dye, shellac, wipe on poly. Note: the unfinished tiger maple had that aweful blueing in it over about 60% of the wood. Added some green to the yellow/brown dye solution and the blue practically disappeared without adversely affecting the figure.

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#1 posted 04-16-2012 03:22 PM

Very Nice, I really like the Figured Maple box.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#2 posted 04-16-2012 03:24 PM

These are wonderful boxes and the wood is beautiful. Nicely done.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 04-16-2012 03:46 PM

Beautiful ripples in the first box! I would not say that you made a mistake but rather a design change, there, doesn’t that sound so much better?

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 04-16-2012 10:17 PM

Both of those are gorgeous, nice design too

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#5 posted 04-17-2012 12:40 AM

That is some beautiful maple and you definately did it justice with the box and especially the finish. I need to try the transtint dye as everyone has commented that it really enhances the figure.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 04-17-2012 12:46 AM


-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#7 posted 04-17-2012 05:47 AM


-- Big Al in IN

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#8 posted 04-17-2012 05:52 AM


Nice job. The dye really brings out the grain. How droll to put candles in a candle box. Next you’ll be putting wine in a wine box! I especially like your use of contrasting woods and the accent of the Bloodwood.

Your brass pin is a nice touch. If it were longer and fit into a hole in the box side you would have your lock and your stop both; however, alignment might be an issue.

-- Big Al in IN

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#9 posted 04-17-2012 04:59 PM

Wow, that is some stunning maple and a beautifully made box. Thanks for shaing!

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