|Project by NH_Hermit||posted 10-02-2012 12:16 PM||1102 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
This Federalist candle stand is from a Woodcraft plan my wife found during our last trip to the store. I attempted this because it was a stretch for my skill level in that it required several things I had not done, specifically the tampered hexagon pedestal, the hexagon table top, and the inlay. I also wanted to improve my finishing skills. When I started, I decided to do a prototype out of less expensive wood, so mistakes would be less costly to redo, I chose poplar simply because it’s a stock item at Lowes.
The final project was done with sapele wood, stained with General Finish brown mahogany, and then five coats of GF Arm-R-Seal. I found a local sawyer with a lot of cut offs and over runs.
Lessons learned: (1). I now understand the concept of cutting tampered (2” to 1”) and turned hexagon pedestal. It took three practice pedestals for the concept to finally sink into my thick skull. In fact I am now going to revisit my afghan rack design and tamper and turn those pedestals for future racks. (2). I can now draw and cut a perfect hexagon shaped table top and made new cutting jigs usable for most small sized table. (3). This is my first attempt at inlays. I’ll be doing more inlays on future projects. (4). The prototype poplar stand was a devil to stain and finish, causing me to do a lot of reading of “how to” books. I finally did a couple of wash coats of mixed shellac and denatured alcohol, followed by several coats of GF antique walnut and finally Arm-R-Seal. I think it’s good enough for the Good Will store if they want it, but poplar will probably not be the choice again unless it’s to be painted.
-- John from Hampstead