Square Candle Holder

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Project by ajjeep posted 03-06-2010 10:09 PM 1963 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another candle holder using the same concept as one of my previous projects. Wish I would not have painted it black, but it was upon request. If you look close there is a smudge mark on the top and one on the side where I rubbed steel wool to pull off more paint. This effect is in effort to make the holder look….ummm rustic maybe, or just like it has age.

I welcome any comments about others who have intentionally put age into a project in similar fashion. I like the idea, just don’t know much about it.

Thank you for looking! :)

-- Adam

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#1 posted 03-07-2010 04:42 AM

I never understood why people want painted wood or to make new stuff look old. I like your form kinda asian


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#2 posted 03-07-2010 07:17 AM

Nice holder. Looks good, even painted. I agree,I too want to see the natural wood.

Keep it up.


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

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#3 posted 03-07-2010 04:04 PM

I’ll chime in and say that I also like to see natural wood but I have been in Asia quite a bit and they sure do like their black paint a lot.

Regardless of the paint, this is nicely done.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 03-07-2010 04:08 PM

Not sure on the type of wood – but instead of black paint how about trying to ebonize it instead? I was reading that you just need to soak steel wool for a week in vinegar to make the ebonizing compound (saw it in Taunton’s box making book). Or anilyne dyes where you can still see the grain?

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#5 posted 03-07-2010 06:28 PM

Hope you didn’t use any nice wood on that.

Interesting design motif. I wonder how it would look if you had placed another candle right in the center?

Is this sized for tea lights, or votives?

Did the client say they wanted the 4-candle design, or hand you a drawing, or how did this particular one come about?

I guess on a side note, if a client requests something, and you thiink it’s particularly in poor taste, how do you go about kindly suggesting they do something differently? I realize taste, like fashion, is subjective, and everyone has a right to their own opinion.

Does anyone have any stories on how they changed a person’s mind on a project, and if so, what it was?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#6 posted 04-11-2010 05:55 PM

good work

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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