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Project by davidmackv posted 226 days ago 857 views 9 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first project I have posted. I just got back into wood working two months ago for the first time in 25 years. I was gathering firewood and saw a couple of nice branches and decided to make some tea light holders. This was from a Maple tree in my front yard that got a disease and i had to cut down. A lot of the wood in the tree is spalted really nice, so I have been making some boards out of some of it.





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Kaa162

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#1 posted 226 days ago

Just made some of these this past weekend. It was fun to do. I tried a couple of different methods to prevent checking just experiment too. So far all methods are working. My only worry is using a flame near them so I used the fake t-lights.

-- Blessed to have a wife who supports my addiction...Hobbies!

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davidmackv

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#2 posted 226 days ago

What methods did you experiment with to prevent checking, if you don’t mind my asking?

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rance

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#3 posted 226 days ago

Nice job. One thing you can do is to drill completely through them, then put a plug in the bottom. The plug would likely be a scrollsawn circle. You want to eliminate the Pith.

BTW, with natural edge work, you are better off cutting these down in the winter when the sap is down so the bark is more likely to stay intact.

And welcome to LJ.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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davidmackv

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#4 posted 226 days ago

Thanks for the info Rance. These were cut down last winter. What is the best way to clamp these down while drilling? I have a very large and powerful drill press, so I can’t just hold them by hand.

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Kaa162

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#5 posted 226 days ago

I used a spray shellac, wiping poly, spray poly, beeswax, and minwax paste finishing wax all on different pieces. I made some two weeks ago and some this past weekend. They have been in the house with no issues as of yet.

-- Blessed to have a wife who supports my addiction...Hobbies!

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davidmackv

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#6 posted 226 days ago

I used Danish oil on some and spray poly on others. I have had them indoors for a few weeks with no issues so far.

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MrWizard

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#7 posted 226 days ago

Very nice and useful as well. Welcome back to woodworking and LJ’s.

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Kaa162

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#8 posted 226 days ago

Yeah, I must have read fifty different things…I guess it really just depends. The wood I used was out on the wood pile. Some were oak, maple, and hickory.

-- Blessed to have a wife who supports my addiction...Hobbies!

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Monte Pittman

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#9 posted 226 days ago

Good job.

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GenerationWW

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#10 posted 225 days ago

Very nice, I have plans of making some myself!

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#11 posted 225 days ago

Real nice!

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#12 posted 224 days ago

Simple and natural – as it sould be.

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rance

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#13 posted 217 days ago

David, best solution I can think of would be employ a friend. One person holds the log with two hands while the other operates the spindle on the DP.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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~Julie~

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#14 posted 216 days ago

To keep the log steady for drilling, I use two large wooden hand-screw type clamps, two at right angles to each other and then those are clamped down to the drill press table.

-- ~Julie~ followyourheartwoodworking.blogspot.ca

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davidmackv

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#15 posted 214 days ago

Thanks Julie.

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