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Project by HokieMojo posted 2281 days ago 3536 views 1 time favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some pictures of a candlebox I made for my wife. She loves candles and I like building stuff, so it worked well.

The box is made of 1/4” cherry and the floor is just a piece of plywall set in a dado. The corners have keys made out of padauk. You can’t really see from the pictures, but they are actually dovetails. The keys came out way better than the mitered corners themselves. They are a good tight fit, so even if the corner joint wouldn’t have held, the keys will keep them there.

The lid is also padauk. Is is only about 1/8” thick. I should have went thicker because I sawed the brass screws to 1/2 the length and they are still causing a few bumps on the lid. I got frustrated and as you can see, one screw is still missing. I’m going to just make a new thicker lid, but I have my hands full at the moment.

The finish is just Formby’s Tung Oil Finish (about 8 coats) with paste wax over the top. I think the tung oil finish brought out the colors very nicely.

I completed this project in April, and I’ve noticed the top has already gotten a much richer red. I guess it will eventually turn to a dark brown, but I wish it would change slower. I really like the red. Hopefully when it is done changing, the color will still look ok with the cherry. Hope you enjoy the pictures.





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jockmike2

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#1 posted 2281 days ago

If it gets any prettier you’ll go blind!. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 2281 days ago

Hi HokieMojo;

This is very pretty. Your wife must love it.

Great work.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Blake

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#3 posted 2281 days ago

Looks nice. I just just cut those stupid little brass screws with metal nippers and put a little epoxy in the hole if it is too loose.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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HokieMojo

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#4 posted 2280 days ago

I like that idea Blake. I “kind of” did that with the blanket chest I made. Before I saw the posting about driving brass screws, I twisted the head off a few. Since I didn’t figure I needed them to be structurally sound, I just wood glued the heads in place to fill the gap. They will probably pop out in time though. I like the epoxy idea though. That would hold. Thanks for the comments guys.

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GaryK

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#5 posted 2280 days ago

Very nice looking!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 2280 days ago

This is a beautiful box. I like the padauk and cherry combination.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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trifern

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#7 posted 2280 days ago

Great looking box.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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CharlieM1958

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#8 posted 2280 days ago

Nice wood selection.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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sharad

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#9 posted 2278 days ago

A very nice box for candles.
Sharad

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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AaronK

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#10 posted 2061 days ago

very nice box.

are the dovetail keys made using the kehoe jig, or some other method… if another method, how did you do it? I’m thinking of using reinforced miters for a bookshelf, but havent set on a way to do it yet.

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HokieMojo

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#11 posted 2061 days ago

Aaron,
Thanks for asking. What I actually did was take a 2×4 and cut it with my mitre saw so that I could make a router table jig. I’ll see if I can post a picture later. Do you have a router table? If so, this is super easy.

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AaronK

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#12 posted 2061 days ago

yup, i’ve got a router table… still completely in the dark about how you did it though! pics would be awesome.

but is it basically this sort of joint: http://www.dovetailspline.com/ – where the dovetail is a spline through the miter?

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HokieMojo

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#13 posted 2060 days ago

well, now i need to get the pictures i have loaded up here. I probably won’t get to it until this weekend, but I’ll try to answer your question in the meantime. in the link you sent, you can see how the box fits into a groove right? well, instead of moving the router on the jig like in your example, I put the jig on the router table and move it. I basically took a 2×4 and cut it on the mitres saw at 45 degrees. then i flip one of the pices over so that the board forms a V shape:
l —————-\ . .. . /——————-
. . . . . . . . . . \ .. /
l———————V———————-l

Imagine that the V in the picture is at 90 degrees. then I just glued and screwed a couple small strips of scrap plywood to the side of the 2×4 and to the bottom to hold the pieces together as one unit. finally, I lower the jig onto a router table with a dovetail bit on it to make a plunge cut. I slide the jig forward along the fence until it cuts the box (held in place by hand presseure alone, so be sure your fingers are free and clear). then I slowly lift up on the jig at the end of the cut. I think my explanation might be pretty confusing, but I’ll still try to post my pictures this weekend if I can get a few free minutes. I hope this helps some in the meantime though.

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HokieMojo

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#14 posted 2060 days ago

my line art looks ugly because the website keeps trying to change what i post when i use underlines and stuff. I think this attempt was a bit of a failure. If you can imagine the picture without the ”.”s, that might help.

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AaronK

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#15 posted 2060 days ago

yeah, i see what you mean. Better to do it this way (on the table) for small pieces like yours.

so how did you make the “key” part?

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