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Forum topic by Ben posted 11-15-2015 02:47 AM 704 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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11-15-2015 02:47 AM

I just started building a Shaker candle.

Today I made a template for the legs and cut out three on the band saw.
I’m a bit concerned about the orientation of the grain.
Should I redo them out of a wider piece of cherry such that the grain runs straight(er) from the “toe” to the “knee” area?

Given the radii here it’s not possible to have continuous grain, anyway.

I’ve tried breaking the toe area off with my hands and can’t do, using maybe 50% of my strength.

Will it hang?


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#1 posted 11-15-2015 05:50 PM

The answer to your question is , “yes”. What you have will work so it is a matter of choice (as it always is). Similar Shaker pieces are still around for a reason, one being that their legs have steeper angles with the grain. The need for a continuous grain from the toe to the knee may be desired but is not very necessary in my opinion.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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