Ratcheting Candle Stand Circa Late 1800's

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Project by Richard posted 03-12-2010 12:59 PM 8540 views 43 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ratcheting Candle Stand Circa Late 1800’s.

Mine is made from Mahogany. Wood was a little Blotchy so one coat of Minwax Sedonna Red. 3 coats of Water based Urethane (Minwax, Brush On).

Two together I made for a Friend after he saw mine. They’re Pine, Minwax Colonial Pine Stain, 3 coats Poly as above.

Single One on the table is a Copy, I Saved of ”Snowy Rivers” (LJ Member) Version. Overall shorter I believe. Couldn’t find any details.

Other Pic is Lee Valleys Metal Candle Holders. $4.50 each I think, maybe for a pair.

At NO Additional Cost to You I’m gonna through in a ”Barrel Stave” Candle Holder I found on the WWW.

Any Questions or Comments, please do ask. It will stay on my “Watch List”. My Pleasure To Reply!

Best Regards: Rick

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#1 posted 03-12-2010 03:28 PM

Very nice!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#2 posted 03-12-2010 04:09 PM

whats the ratchetting mechanism for? Is it just an asthentics thing? Floor models would be pretty cool.

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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#3 posted 03-12-2010 04:14 PM

Great job…I love those type of items.
Rick, I forgot to ask, where did you get the candle holder parts from?

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 03-12-2010 04:14 PM

this is a very cool design concept, and functionality feature. thanks for the post, this brings lots of ides to mind.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 03-12-2010 04:27 PM

Very cool idea – and excellent execution – well done!

-- To do is to be

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#6 posted 03-12-2010 04:45 PM

What a great idea…. this one is going in the “Keeper” file!


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#7 posted 03-12-2010 04:54 PM

I too was thinking about converting to a lamp. You would have to run the wire through the center notched piece. I was thinking about ripping it in half, groving in a channel in each piece for the cord to run through since there is no way to drill a hole that long, then gluing the 2 pieces back together as one. You would still see the cord come out the very bottom of that piece but I think that would be acceptable. Make sure you leave extra cord for when you extend the lamp up.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#8 posted 03-12-2010 06:43 PM

I like it. Nice and simple.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#9 posted 03-12-2010 06:48 PM

Very, very cool. My wife would love them.

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

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#10 posted 03-12-2010 06:55 PM

Just thinking you could change the design a little: borrow a solar light from the garden and see if you could take it a part and put it on, if you just want to use it as a night light, put the solar panel in the shade and the rechargeable batteries where the candle is and the light on top. just a thought

looks like it could make a good jig for extending a clamp
cool design

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#11 posted 03-12-2010 06:58 PM

Nice idea! I really like these and I’m pretty sure the wife would as well which is always a bonus.


-- CKM - Minnesota

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#12 posted 03-12-2010 09:29 PM

Your idea of the floor lamp is great. I actually went on a tour of a house in East Ohio that belonged to a President of the US, I cant remember his name now though. He actually had one of these made for his reading chair. It used to hold 2 candles and was adjustable from about shoulder height (sitting) to nearly 6 and a half feet. REALLY cool considering it was made with all hand tools WAY before I was even born, probably before my parents were born.

SO I couldnt just post this and Not Google what I was talking about. I couldnt find a GREAT image of the lamp but I did find this link that has a picture with the lamp in it. Hope you enjoy my post.


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#13 posted 03-12-2010 10:35 PM

Very unique item. Well done.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#14 posted 03-13-2010 01:20 AM

i like the design.
nice work

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#15 posted 03-14-2010 03:26 AM

Thanks to ALL for the Great Comments. These are TRUE Reproductions form around the Late 1800’s, done mostly with Hand Tools, just because that’s how I wanted to do them. If I’ve managed to (as above) send a little Happiness to a few Wives, that’s Definatly an added bonus! Inspiring some NEW ideas and the desire to use what you see in the pictures is also GOOD STUFF! To me…that’s what LJ is all about.

getneds: The Ratcheting Mechanism is fully functional. As mentioned above it’s 3’ to the base of the candle, which puts it into the “Floor Model ” category and another 2 to 2-1/2’ feet could be gained by ratcheting them up. The bottom piece attached to the centre piece is dadoed around the outside supports allowing it to slide up or down.

Snowyriver: Good Point! I mentioned that “Problem” to my Friend. He solved it. His “Mother In Law” gave them some wrought iron candlesticks that they Uhhmmmm “Didn’t particulary care for” (MY Words ..LOL…). So I cut them off about 3” below the holder itself, drilled a 1/4” hole and Epoxied them in place. God! I Love these questions ;-}

ohwoodeye: You nailed about the only way there is to do it. Might have to increase the thicknes of the center piece slightly to make it a little more manageable but that wouldn’t even be noticable. Thanks!

kodiak: Yes, that would probably work, and I DO appreciate your input, but I have this “Thing” about Solar Lights. Just a personal preference, but I don’t particularly care for them. When I re-did the front garden/entrance to my Townhome I used a simple 12V Converter into the 110V house wiirng system for about 15 lights. LOTS of light power that can be moved (Tuned) up or down by using different Wattage bulbs in each fixture.

YoungJock20: Thanks for the Link. I went there, spent a fair amount of time, some very cool “Old Stuff” on there, downloaded a bunch of the pictures. i.e. Another “Educational Experience”.

Paul2274: Would you leave the Newspaper there for me when you’re done please. ...LOL… Pleased that you’re putting this one in your “Keeper File”.

Any Time LJ’ers. Keep Em Coming!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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