Out of the scrap pile and into a gift #3: Arched Candle Holder - It's all about adapting

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Blog entry by sras posted 12-18-2009 06:03 PM 1437 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, trimming up the sides removed the gaps I showed in the previous post. BUT the trimming exposed other gaps! Definitely needed to do a better job of clamping! Time to adapt.


Time to go back to the shrinking scrap pile. As luck would have it, I had two strips of cherry from an even older project. If I remember right, these strips are from the first cherry boards I ever bought (19 years ago). Both strips are long enough and one of them has enough length to cover the ends as well.

Cover Strips

The only issue is that the strips are not wide enough to cover the arch. Time to adapt again.

Not wide enough

I can remedy that by cutting the (future) waste from the bottom of the arch and transferring it to the top. A pass thorugh the bandsaw, dry fit and then glue & clamp.

Glue up

After the glue is dry, I clean up the faces. First I use a chisel to remove most of the squeeze out. Then I make a few passes through a thickness sanding jig I made. It is a simple setup. Just clamp the jig to the fence of my Shopsmith and use the disc sander. I move the disc a little closer on each pass until both sides are clean. This same idea can be used with a conventional sander by clamping a fence to the table and using shims to narrow the gap on each pass.

Thickness sanding

Now the pieces are mitered to length. I glued up one piece of side trim and then glued the next 3 pieces on.

Glue up

Now I need to trim the waste. My plan is to use a flush trim bit on my router table. I know from past experience that this works best if there is only a small amount of waste to remove. So I first remove most of the waste with the bandsaw. I leave around 1/8” to clean up with the router. Any time I use the router, I try to think through the process. It only takes a small slip up to create a lot of damage. I can see there are areas where I need to be careful as the grain is not going in a favorable direction. I need to make several light passes – even though I only need to trim off 1/8”. Well, APARRENTLY I wasn’t careful enough. There was one nasty spot where the router grabbed the wood and split it. This happened at the same spot on each side! The first time a chunk of wood was torn out. I managed to find the piece. Time to adapt again…


After the glue dried, I hand filed the edges flush. After a little sanding to smooth everything out, I think I have an arched form that will work.

Finished shape

I’ll finish this post off with a closeup on my repair job. This is a classic example of where I can see the glue line from 5 feet away and no one else will ever see it.

Close up

Next I need to cut the pockets for the candles and add some type of foot to raise it up…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#1 posted 12-18-2009 06:13 PM

That is going to be a very nice candle holder

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 12-18-2009 06:16 PM

This is a pretty interesting blog. You have detailed the “repair” well enough for even me to understand what is going on. :)

And you are right about the glue line. I always have this trouble with cherry when I laminate pieces together. But I can’t see the glue line in the last pictures. I know it is there but it blends in well with the grain. And thanks for showing how to fix the gaps in the laminations as well. I have some pieces sitting in my shop right now that I decided not to use because of gaps when I needed some 8/4 cherry for a project. I couldn’t bear to get rid of them but could not use them because of the gaps. Now I see the fix.

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

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#3 posted 12-18-2009 06:18 PM

I love the way you work and how you take into stride the mishaps that plague all of us. I loved your fix-up too. I had to make a similar one on one of my breadbaskets and like you say I am very aware of it, but it’s really not noticeable unless you are drawn to it like a magnet, as in my case. I also want to thank you for showing the sanding jig. I recently bought a 12” disk sander and wondered how I could do thickness sanding with it and not just end grain work. I imagined some kind of fence arrangement, but I didn’t think about using a single point fence which I think is simpler and more importantly much safer. Now I’m looking forward to the next installment of your great blog. Thanks for posting!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 12-18-2009 06:50 PM

OhVlyArtisan – Thanks! I’m getting interested to see how it turns out. I might have to make another

Scott – Glad this helped you out. I am going to resist the temptation to show you the glue line in any more detail. I am always tempted to make sure everyone sees every “defect” in a piece and there is just no reason to do that!

Mike – Thanks for the compliment. I have been using the thickness sanding trick for several years now. A couple of things to watch for: It is easy to start and finish a strip with a taper if you angle the strip at the beginning or end. Don’t let the strip rub the edge of the disc or you will need to make the strip thinner! It is a balancing act to feed the strip as straight as possible. I have been thinking about posting a separate blog on this…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 12-18-2009 08:16 PM

Thanks for the tips sras. A blog on this would be good.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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