Filigree Candle Tray Made of Cherry (SLD422)

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Project by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 355 days ago 1385 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is often my favorite type of scroll work to cut. To me, this is what I refer to as “classic” scroll work. It consists of gently flowing swirls and curls. This type of scrolling is also fun and relaxing to cut. It is easy to get lost in the process the wood is removed piece by piece to reveal the design. It sure is a lot of fun to make!

This piece is another addition to my candle tray series. The 4” center of the piece is cut on a slight bevel so you are able to push the center of the piece back slightly and it locks in place, raising the border of the design off of the table approximately 1/4” This gives the piece depth and dimension.

I chose a beautiful piece of cherry to make this tray. I knew when it was finished that oiling it would bring out the rich, warm tones of the cherry and would go perfectly with the design. I never once considered adding color to this piece by either staining or painting it, as I wanted the true color of the cherry to be the focus.

I finished the piece by applying several coats of spray lacquer. This gave a soft, warm sheen to the tray and further accented the beautiful grain of the wood.

The last two pictures show the tray prior to oiling and finishing it, as well as some detail of the cuts. I hope you like it!

Thanks for looking and for your comments!

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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Keith Fenton

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#1 posted 355 days ago

Lovely project! Yo u are an awfully talented lady :D

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#2 posted 355 days ago

You have much steadier hands than I. Very Good!

-- Malcolm, Mobile Alabama

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#3 posted 355 days ago

Beautiful. What patience you must have. Could use a few myself as I like candles about the house.

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#4 posted 355 days ago

Your work is amazing!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 355 days ago

Thank you all! It really is not that difficult to cut. There aren’t a lot of sharp corners and the turns are pretty easy. I think it only took about 2 hours to cut it, so not really bad at all. Quite relaxing actually. (And nice and forgiving if you make a boo-boo!) ;)


-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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Jamie Speirs

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#6 posted 355 days ago

Very delicate Sheila, it is a bit like old lace Keith sounds like you want an extra slice of cake :)

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#7 posted 355 days ago

My favourite type of scroll sawing! I love the fretwork both you and Keith do. I’m looking forward to cutting this pattern once I get the next couple of carving shows out of the way.

-- Anna

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#8 posted 355 days ago

well it looks like your on a roll, what a beautiful job, i see where you state you didnt want to stain or add paint to this cherry, so i can see there still might be hope for you…lol…....your such a wonderful artist…i just wish you could do more in the painting line, i just love the leopard.. so when will you do a great big grizz….., how did i get here…were looking at scroll work…lol…my fault…....what will you post tomorrow.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 355 days ago

The only time that I would be surprised by yours or Keith`s work Sheila is if it did not look very professional and well done. I love working with cherry also. A good day to you both.

-- byrdman61 Slc, Ut

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#10 posted 355 days ago

Bravo Sheila!

A few more of these and I think you get the hang of scrolling. ;-)

Seriously, this holder looks really nice! Very detailed.


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#11 posted 355 days ago

Great scroll work Sheila.

-- Todd

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#12 posted 355 days ago

For me its great work! too

-- Dreaming patterns

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#13 posted 355 days ago

Thank you all very much! I am glad you like it. :)


-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#14 posted 355 days ago


I really like your “classic” scrolling. The cherry was an excellent choice for your design.

I would like a design like this in about 1½”-thick corbels. I suppose something that thick might be awfully hard to cut on the scroll saw, but I think it would look great.

Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#15 posted 354 days ago

Your cuts are always so crisp and clean.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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