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Project by Richard Xuereb posted 620 days ago 1337 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife requested that I build her a set of tea lights for our dining room table. The problem was that we use extensions sometimes during the year to accommodate extra guests. So if I designed a long unit it would look funny when the table was made shorter or if I made a short unit, it would be lost on the large table. My solution was simple build individual units that can be put together in many different configurations and lengths. I used two different types of wood to get contrast between the part that held the candle and the actual pieces that slip together. Unfortunately they were bought at a trade show and I forgot to write down what they were before I planned off the label, so I don’t know what they are. The joints are simple dovetail which I left a loose to allow easy sliding. The glass globe is a store-bought item and little recesses allow it to fit on the top of horizontals. All this being said and done we realize that now we need a place to store these units when not in use. So I set about building a tea light holder box. Recently I have been playing around with woodcarvings that resemble 16th & 17th century woodblock carvings. So I decided that I would make a box incorporating these patterns. I made the box out of red Oak with an inlay of butternut which was carved. The finish is 2 coats of amber tinted shellac and a few top coats of poly.

-- Richard S Xuereb





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jaykaypur

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#1 posted 620 days ago

I like these. A unique twist on the candles and the ways to set them up. The box is beautiful and a great place for the candles. Good work!

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 620 days ago

Nice linked candle and one beautiful box for them!!Great job!!!!..................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 620 days ago

Candles are cool, the box is awesome!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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gepatino

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#4 posted 620 days ago

I think I’ll copy the candle holders desing in another project I have in mind: stools that combine into a bench.

I was thinking in making the tops shape like a puzzle piece, but I also like this kind of join.

Oh, and the box is really beautiful!

-- http://about.me/gepatino

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Surfside

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#5 posted 620 days ago

Keep working on it, you’re getting better. Awe-inspiring!

-- "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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Paul Stoops

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#6 posted 620 days ago

That’s a neat project! It shows that you put a lot of forethought into it. Great idea, designing a beautifully decorative storage box.

One suggestion I would offer is that the next time you make these, consider making each piece with the same dovetail joint on each end, i.e. both tails or both pins. That way, both ends of the “train” will look the same
if you use two of one type and one of the other, or multiples of three. Guess I’m just a fan of symmetry…:-) Great job, tho!

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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Fishinbo

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#7 posted 620 days ago

Endearing to the senses …

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majuvla

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#8 posted 618 days ago

Quite unusuall,but nice.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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MichaelA

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#9 posted 614 days ago

Richard, beautiful box and candle holders. That butternut wood is so soft to carve and so rich in color. Nice project!!!!!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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