Candle Sconce

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Project by Bill posted 05-28-2007 11:16 PM 2888 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My other small project between my Thorsen Table work.

This was another project based on plans in a book I slightly modified it for the shape and size.

The wood is pine, and has a traditional cherry stain. It has 3 coats of shellac to finish it off.

I wanted something that looked older, but not the pine look. The cherry stain did ok, but would have liked to have seen a bit more even coating. That is how pine is sometimes.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#1 posted 05-28-2007 11:59 PM

Bill -

What a great project! I would love to see a photo with a lit candle. I might have to borrow this idea . . . It has a cetain Shaker aspect. Very nice.


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#2 posted 05-29-2007 12:22 AM

A good idea. I will have to get a candle and take a picture or two to see how they look. Funny thing, I do not have any candles around, so there is one more item on the shopping list.

By the way, for Os benefit, I turned the candle holder on my lathe. It took just a few minutes to complete. Actually, the longest part was waiting for the glue up to complete.

David, one item I would consider changing is adding some type of small drip dish under the candle holder. I thought about that after I built it. If someone leaves a candle burning for a long time, it might run all over the place.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#3 posted 05-29-2007 12:28 AM

Nice item. I’m going to have to make a run down and take you and Obi to lunch one of these days.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 05-29-2007 01:09 AM

another fine project.
hmm this would look nice in willow, I think!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 05-29-2007 02:29 AM

Good looking Candle HOlder, you ight try a light rubbing with some sanding sealer before staining the pine next time, it really helps with leveling out the color, and helps reduce the blotching effect.

-- Sawhorse - Sulphur Springs, TX -

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#6 posted 05-29-2007 05:45 AM

Very nice Bill, even though the cherry isn’t real even its a spectacular piece. Oh and you asked about if that lathe contraption was adjustable, yes it is, out to about 10 inches. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 05-29-2007 07:32 AM

That’s really nice, Bill. I havn’t seen one before.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#8 posted 05-29-2007 03:20 PM

Very nice Bill,

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#9 posted 05-29-2007 03:42 PM

Nice project completed Bill.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#10 posted 05-30-2007 11:08 AM

nice work Bill. When you get a chance, I’d like to hear your thoughts on using shellac as a finish, to see how and why you like it.

good work man,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#11 posted 05-30-2007 06:49 PM

Well, I like the idea that shellac is a natural material, compared to the urethane and other finishes normally used. It dries quickly, sometimes too quickly in the summers here. While the alcohol is strong, it does dissipate quickly as the shellac dries. Also, I am finding the shellac spreads nice and evenly with a rag, rather than a brush.

Shellac requires very little sanding to bring back a smooth finish, provided you do not glob it up or have runs. If so, you can sand it off and go over it again. It blends in easily with the previous layers, so a touch up is easy. While it may not be a durable as some of the other finishes, again the ease of touch up is a good thing.

I also like the color the shellac brings out in the Red Oak that I usually use. It turns it to a nice golden color, without any staining needed. And, when applying over a stain, it seems to retain the stain color better than some of the urethane finishes which sometimes yellow the work.

I admit I have not used oil finishes yet, but may try in the future. I have also not tried spraying on finishes, but plan to do that soon.

Wow, I thought I just had a few reasons I liked it better.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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