Candle Holder - Inspired by Ellen

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Project by JoeMags posted 07-08-2009 12:28 AM 2448 views 17 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a direct take-off from some beautiful candle holders that Ellen posted a few weeks ago. I really liked them and wanted to try to make something similar. I had to simplify the design somewhat to match my skill set / tool set. I couldn’t figure out how to make the inside cut-out for the legs without a band saw, so I just made four separate legs instead of two full length ones. The inlay was a real challenge for me since I have never done this. It was definitely harder than I thought but in the end was very satisfying. The body is Walnut and the legs are Maple. The finish is three coats of spray on satin poly. Thanks for looking and thank you Ellen for the inspration!

Take care,


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#1 posted 07-08-2009 12:39 AM

Great job, now I have to add it to my list of things to build.

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#2 posted 07-08-2009 01:35 AM

Nice, my wife has already added one to my list, and it looks a whole lot better than the scraps I have laying around.

Thanks for sharing and continuing the chain of inspiration….

-- Brian - Virginia

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#3 posted 07-08-2009 02:08 AM

I really like the design. Well done. Now I’ll have to search for Ellen’s and see whay I can come up with.


-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#4 posted 07-08-2009 02:20 AM

Very nice. Like the simple design that still has style.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#5 posted 07-08-2009 03:15 AM

Thanks everyone. Really appreciate it.


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#6 posted 07-08-2009 03:17 AM

looks great Joe and well done


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#7 posted 07-08-2009 07:51 AM

Very nice ! I’m sure that Ellen will be happy to know that her work has inspired another LJ : )

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

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#8 posted 07-08-2009 12:50 PM

They look wonderful!! I am humbled and honored that you chose to take my design and give it your own spin! I really like the legs. Mine were done with a bandsaw – that is the only way I could find to get the inside cut. I really like your adaptation. And…thank you again for your kind comments.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#9 posted 07-09-2009 06:31 PM

Very cool and unique Ellen. I really like these. Kind of an optical illusion until you look at it end ways.

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

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#10 posted 02-06-2011 04:56 AM


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