candle holder

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Project by Chris Cunanan posted 12-02-2008 11:14 PM 1983 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

i haven’t posted any of my small projects like this here yet cuz I usually think they are not even share-worthy, but I guess everyone’s got to start somewhere…small candle holder made of a piece of walnut I got for free that had a spline in it, I centered it on the piece so it could have looked like i did it on purpose? lol then used a small piece of poplar scrap for the top. I think this was my first project since taking woodshop in 7th grade about 12 years ago? Finished with a couple coats of shellac. Wish it would have been more well received but a lot of people here in socal (and specifically most of my family) don’t appreciate woodworking really, sighh. I will have lots more projects in the future and I intend to hopefully become a regular here….i welcome your comments/criticism

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#1 posted 12-03-2008 12:04 AM

Great Looking Project!

Looking forward to seeing more!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 12-03-2008 01:57 AM

Chris, your right everyone starts at the beginning. We’ve all started with projects like this…don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. The key is to continue to improve your skills and as you do, you can increase your complexity. What you did was take a piece of wood, looked at its features and flaws and came up with a project. You did pretty well. As your project’s complexity increases, I think your family will turn around. Keep on making that saw dust.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#3 posted 12-03-2008 03:37 AM

Very nice piece.
IMHO the beautiful grain pattern of the base deserves more exposure – what do you think?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 12-03-2008 04:55 PM

The only person in the world that you have to please is yourself. I think that is a fine piece and we all start small and many of us continue to make small things as well as other more complex projects. Put it on a slelf and revisit it in a year, 5, 10 yrs to measure how much you have progressed. If you come here regularly I promise you will learn more in 3 mths than you did in all your shop experience up to this time and the great part is that you will never stop learning.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#5 posted 12-03-2008 05:06 PM

Looks good to me – I’d be happy to use it in my home. What I think is especially great is that you didn’t start with an elaborate project that might leave you frustrated and discouraged. Instead, you’ve started with a success that you can build on.

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#6 posted 12-03-2008 08:20 PM

Thanks lew!

Greg- thanks for encouragement, I think the style of renovating/rebuilding furniture or using mostly salvaged/mixed woods will have to be my avenue for a while, as money is tight for the time being. It’s ok though I figure if I can become good at that it will be 10x easier when i can plan a project, go out and buy one source of wood, resaw it or not have to do as many glue-ups to get the bigger dimensions for the medium to bigger projects.

Woodworm- do you mean more exposure as in in its use or in more pictures? I assume you meant in it’s use….and i agree! this was my first project, and I have not had nearly enough exposure to good wood to know when it’s got above-average characteristics. Never had walnut before, now that i’ve sorted thru a bit from different sources, i realize that that grain probably would have worked out very well on a segmented piece or something, what do you think? The lack of a bandsaw/drum sander is what is really hurting me, as a lot of these small pieces i don’t feel comfortable dealing with on the tablesaw, I usually handsaw if i need a thin strip or something and use the belt sander very carefully, even that is scary sometimes…I guess i need to get to work and build all the basic jigs esp. for the tablesaw.

rtb- I hope I can revisit it in 5/10 years, as it was a present to my grandmother, who’s illness is causing her pain to get unbearably worse every year my mom says…she would probably be the most supportive person in my family of woodworking so I am striving to get better faster and give her some nice gifts while i still can. And I have come here DAILY for about the past year, it has probably been one of the only things at times to keep my creative spirits up. I have never had a mentor and there aren’t many around here that have the time in a traditional sense I believe (in socal you gotta be about big bux to stay in business, especially with these proposed tax increases that will affect small business). I have always been more a self-learner, when possible, something about not having to worry about my interaction/performance/critique with others allows me to digest things better. And thankfully there is MORE THAN ENOUGH info available on the web and in literature that I have bookmarked/printed to read for a lifetime lol.

Peter- I appreciate that, I have another bigger one I made for my sister that has a slightly raised “floating” top section that might be nicer i think. I will post it sometime soon, if she hasn’t lost/broken it by now lol. I like to think of it just as you put it though, it’s all steps, baby steps…

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#7 posted 12-04-2008 04:44 AM

Thanks for replying Chris.
Yes you’re right, more exposure in its use. Maybe I have different perception in viewing your project from the aspect of the use of beautiful walnut (a superior wood) as against poplar. It is perhaps I have no or very little access to walnut that makes me feel that way. I’m sincere in telling my humble opinion.
I learnt using table saw, router and many ww powertools by reading books, magazines, article and also asking FWN Knots member, DIY Banter and now Lumberjocks. I hope you will be able to cut 1/16” strip on TS soon – but before that, you must learn the technique and procedure. Ask question or just make a search within this LJs board – there are a lot of good experienced woodworkers (pro and ameature) here.
In fact I learnt how to cut thin strip & bevel ripping by asking our friends here at LJs. I viewed how they do and get advice from them – now I cut 1/16” strip on TS with comfort but with certain degree of carefullness of course.
Take care and happy woodworking safely.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 01-03-2009 10:29 PM

you would probably laugh if you saw what I made yesterday…...they were strictly practice pieces and I learned a lot from just doing them . I think that is the whole idea , my friend …just do it ! : ) Happy New Year to you and keep on getting better !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 07-31-2014 04:37 PM

Thanks for posting this project. I like it and it gave me an idea for a similar project I’ve been staring at for three days. I kind of new what I wanted, but your holder gave me the picture I needed for my tiny brain. Thanks!

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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