Cherry Candle Holder

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Project by Bill Hall posted 05-13-2008 07:50 PM 1950 views 13 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a little candle holder I made from a scrap of Cherry. I wanted to try staining cherry (gasp!) to learn a little more about finishing challenges. I knew that cherry blotched, so after a little research found that you need to seal the wood before applying stain. Why would anyone stain cherry? Well, you might want that antique look now or need to blend sapwood and heartwood as in the case of this project. So, I sealed this with amber shellac and applied a dark brown gel stain. After that, I stained it once more with red mahogany to add a little more red to the finish. I need to add another top coat, but this is what it looks like now. I’m pretty pleased. Comments are more than welcome.


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#1 posted 05-13-2008 08:37 PM

Bill, yes, you should be pleased, it looks great. Simple lines but very attractive. I can see one of these on my dining room table now… :)

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#2 posted 05-13-2008 08:38 PM

Looks great!

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#3 posted 05-13-2008 08:40 PM

very nice…great tutorial on what you did as well…

And I must say—-I am going to check your project page for that table…because that looks nice!!!

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#4 posted 05-13-2008 08:49 PM

Thanks for the complements. Ironically, the table is my wife’s from Ikea. I’m working on a cherry hall table that I’ll definitely be posting if I ever complete it.


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#5 posted 05-13-2008 09:36 PM

Very cool! A real nice design.

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#6 posted 05-13-2008 10:07 PM

Just bandsawn. I went over it with a spokeshave, a drum sander on the drill press and a flexible sanding strip.


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#7 posted 05-13-2008 10:28 PM


This is a very nice candle stand. You should be pleased with it as it turned out nicely. Nice finishing routine as well. This routine gives cherry an aged color. I am glad to see you trying something different with regards to the finishing routine. It only helps to improve our skills as woodworkers when we try something new and different.

Nice post. You did well on this piece.

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#8 posted 05-13-2008 10:32 PM

Great piece. Simple, smooth lines! The finish looks nice as well. It looks great against that table top too. Ikea??? Who knew.

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#9 posted 05-13-2008 10:58 PM

Looks great! Clean and simple!

How did you make it? Steam bend? Cut to the arc on a bandsaw? Done with a router? A newbies mind like mine wants to know! LOL

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#10 posted 05-14-2008 04:56 PM

Looks like something out of a pottery barn catalogue, photos and all. You should see if a local candle shop would be willing to sell them…

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#11 posted 05-20-2008 09:07 PM

Very nice

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#12 posted 07-28-2008 10:59 PM

very nice

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#13 posted 04-14-2010 12:37 AM

very nice job!

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