Candle Holders 2nd Try

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Project by closetguy posted 09-14-2008 06:06 AM 4045 views 60 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had made a few candle holders last christmas as gifts and even though they turned out nice, I felt that I could do better. So after the first of the year, I worked on a new design with a little more character. It was also an opportunity to try out my new band saw.

The first picture is maple and jatoba and the second is maple and padauk. I also use walnut and purpleheart on the same design. They are finished with General Finishes Arm R Seal. I buy the glass votive holders at Michael’s. I have searched all around the Internet and have not found these for anywhere near the 99 cents they sell them for. A few months ago, they had a buy one, get one free and I bought all they had (over 60).

I got lucky with the figured maple. When I walk into my lumber supplier, I tell them what I need and they forklift a pallet out to the floor and I pick through the boards until I find what I want. I was looking through the boards one day and spotted heavy figure on the bottom of the stack boards. After a lot of unstacking and restacking, I walked out with 70 board feet of tiger stripe soft maple for the price of standard maple. Some of this went into these candle holders.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 09-14-2008 01:43 PM

I like the design changes that you have made with these candle holders. The contrasting woods and the curved design add a lot of visual interest to the pieces.

Nice job!!

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

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#2 posted 09-14-2008 04:04 PM

Wonderful work, really like the contract of the woods too. Great find on both the candles and the tiger stripe maple.

-- -=Den

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#3 posted 09-14-2008 04:06 PM

these are beautiful!!!!
good job :)

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#4 posted 09-14-2008 04:27 PM

Hi Closet guy;

A home run on this design!

The proportions are very pleasing, and the wood is terrific.

Great job indeed.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 09-14-2008 08:37 PM

I like the desing as well. Great job

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#6 posted 09-14-2008 10:27 PM

These are really fine. Ya done good!

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#7 posted 09-16-2008 03:31 AM

Very nice indeed !!!

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#8 posted 09-16-2008 04:01 AM

I love them too. Great eye for pleasing design. Hope you don’t mind me “borrowing” your design for some Christmas gifts of my own.


-- "Repetition is a leading cause of carelessness, and carelessness usually leads to injury"

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#9 posted 02-20-2010 09:18 AM

these are exceptional pieces of work….

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#10 posted 10-09-2011 07:14 PM

These just came up on the “project-go-round” ...very nice to see them again ..Added to my favorites : )

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