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Project by DeLayne Peck posted 01-30-2013 07:16 PM 1174 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our home is done in antiques. So when I saw this Great Western Railroad candle holder in an antique store, I was attracted. Supposedly these spring-loaded candle holders were used to light passenger cars back in the day. I have doubts about its authenticity, but it was a guy thing.

I thought the candle holder could be more significant with a plaque. So, I designed a plaque that drew on the candle holder’s brass wall mount. And, here is the sneaky technique: I re-sawed a scrap piece of walnut. Then, my paper design was positioned on the thin stock to carefully match the grain of the thicker base stock. A little work on both pieces on the scroll saw, a kiss with a round over bit, and both pieces were glued back together.

Is this a monumental, new, break-though method? Absolutely not, but maybe the reminder will stir some creative juices somewhere.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.





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DeLayne Peck

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#1 posted 01-30-2013 07:36 PM

Incredible, fabulous, gorgeous, wow, brilliant, worthy of an old master, amazing, awesome, totally gnarly!!!

Oops, my bad, just noticed this is my own project.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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Michael Wilson

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#2 posted 01-30-2013 07:45 PM

HA! Clever idea.

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oldnovice

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#3 posted 01-30-2013 08:43 PM

Why do you doubt the authenticity?
It looks authentic to me! More authentic than the first comments on this project!

This is a unique forum as the poster is also the first boaster (grins)!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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jbschutz

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#4 posted 01-30-2013 09:14 PM

I think the piece is likely authentic, but was once an oil lamp, not a candle holder.

-- jbschutz www.johnschutz.com

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Fishinbo

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#5 posted 01-30-2013 09:27 PM

Like the design and matches well with the candle holder and looks antique.

—www.sawblade.com

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Gregn

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#6 posted 01-30-2013 09:28 PM

That’s ok, sometimes its good to blow your own horn.
I have to admit as a candle burner myself, I am quite envious of your project and wouldn’t mine having a candle holder like that. Great job keeping it authentic looking.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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Bluepine38

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#7 posted 01-31-2013 01:36 AM

You mentioned it was a spring loaded candle holder, does that mean the spring sets under the candle, and as
the candle burns and looses weight, like I wish I could, the spring pushes the candle up into the glass so the
flame stays in the same place? Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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DeLayne Peck

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#8 posted 01-31-2013 03:04 AM

Some brass antique and nautical items are replicated in India. So I am suspicious of brass antiques. on this piece, I am thinking 75% chance it is the real deal.

The candle is pressed down into spring-loaded brass container or cartridge. The top of the candle is capped by a brass by a retaining ring. As the candle melts, the spring advances the candle upward. The flame stays static. Pretty unusual.

Thanks for letting me put you on with a load of self-worship!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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oldnovice

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#9 posted 01-31-2013 03:49 AM

Your welcome!

It is a good project and well worth some self acclaim. If you don’t like it how are supposed to?

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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Mean_Dean

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#10 posted 01-31-2013 06:03 PM

You designed an excellent, and fitting plaque for your candle holder! I’ll bet it looks great in your house.

-- Dean

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Roger

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#11 posted 02-01-2013 03:11 PM

Very kool DJ

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Gene Howe

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#12 posted 02-01-2013 03:50 PM

Don’t know anything about the lamp except it’s really cool looking.

The marriage of the lamp and plaque is very nice and your sneaky technique is really neat. Lots of applications….or should it be appliqueations?

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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camps764

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#13 posted 02-26-2013 12:48 PM

great idea! I’ve looked at this one before but didn’t fully read the description…kept wondering how the heck you got the nice sharp corners on the design….now it all makes sense!

reading comprehension…apparently I have none.

-- Steve. Visit my website http://www.campbellwoodworking.com

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helluvawreck

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#14 posted 02-26-2013 02:08 PM

I like it and it looks like it worked well.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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DeLayne Peck

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#15 posted 02-26-2013 02:53 PM

Camps, understandable. We are all about half-nuts at this late stage of a Nebraska winter. My sympathy to the poor LJs south of us. They really got nailed.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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