Candle Box

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Project by dadefreese posted 821 days ago 1130 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another small candle box made from two bits of scrap curly maple and a little Honduran Rosewood. I made the box easily enough once I built a miter cutoff sled for the table saw but….I got stumped how to top the box. I looked at the recent Fine Woodworking magazine which, serendipitously, had an article on how to top boxes using 4-5 different techniques. Anyway, I pounced on the idea of building another 5 sided box to fit atop the existing box; for that purpose, I picked up some of the rosewood which had streaks of pink, grey, green and blue. I also used a tiny bit of the rosewood scrap to make a pair of feet since the box looked too top heavy with the lid. Next time, I think I’ll use a 1/4” top box instead of 3/8”. Live and learn, eh?

The only unusual thing I tried dealt with the finish. I didn’t like the chatoyance with just a plain oil finish and the darker oil treatments let the effect too muddy. With this curly maple, I wiped down the pieces with natural finish and then I did a light wash with Watco Dark Walnut Danish Oil. I think that got the effect I wanted.

Anyway, I’ll let it cure for a few days and then I ship it off to California.

It’s a simple enough project, but like most of my woodworking, it takes about 10-15 times longer than it should.

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#1 posted 821 days ago

I think the feet were an excellent idea – gives the whole box a nice balance. You have shown off the lovely wood well – a simple project does not have to be boring!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#2 posted 820 days ago

A very good job. Love the woods you used and that maple grain is just beautiful.

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

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#3 posted 820 days ago

I really like it.If you hadnt said youd hit it with dark wal watco I wouldnt have thought it,your right it can mud up figured maple.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#4 posted 820 days ago

Thats a great looking box. I have just enough material hanging around that I thing I know what I’m doing this weekend. Thanks for posting.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#5 posted 820 days ago

Very pretty box, clean lines with stright forward construction, a good looker, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#6 posted 820 days ago

Very nice design and build!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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