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Project by NH_Hermit posted 658 days ago 709 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 Horse Shoe





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atchison32

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#1 posted 658 days ago

Well done!

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 658 days ago

I knew when I saw that this was a ‘Federalist’ style piece that I would like it. Given the way you are so thorough with your projects and research, it was an absolute given! Another beautiful piece, John. It is always a pleasure to see what you are making. Awesome!

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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TheDane

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#3 posted 658 days ago

John—Nice work! You’re right about poplar … it is a PITA to stain/finish. I have had good success using Charles Neil’s ‘Blotch Control’ on it.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 658 days ago

Unique ,most candle stands I see are shaker,good job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Oldtool

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#5 posted 658 days ago

Beautiful piece of furniture. Really nice, especially the inlay. QUESTION: What happened to the inlay in the first photo?

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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NH_Hermit

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#6 posted 658 days ago

I was too cheap to put the inlay into the prototype, so only the final table got it.

And thank you all for your responses.

-- John from Horse Shoe

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Gshepherd

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#7 posted 658 days ago

Very Pretty looking stand…. Fine craftsmanship for sure…...

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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Surfside

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#8 posted 658 days ago

Wow! That’s a prestigious candle stand!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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stefang

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#9 posted 584 days ago

Hi John. I’m just checking out what you’ve been doing lately. I love this candle stand. It looks fantastic, and the finish looks wonderful. Altogether finely crafted.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Bertha

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#10 posted 584 days ago

Absolutely outstanding. By the quality of the work, I’m guessing traditional joinery at the base. Lol at the poplar. I do the same thing b/c it’s just sitting there dimensioned at Lowes. I mean, at least one of 10 boards is;) This one is burned into my eyes today. Really stunning.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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