Shaker style candle box

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Project by dustyal posted 12-28-2010 11:08 PM 6919 views 9 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Shaker style candle box for my wife. I am finding out that women like candle boxes. Last count I have request for six more.

Sapele top, either maple or mahogany sides. Walnut miter splines. Wipe on poly. At wife’s request, I left off the typical molding trim that would surround the base. But that was decided AFTER I installed splines… so they may look a little high. Also I went a little different on the slide out end of the top.

This is project we did in a two day (excluding finishing) Mason-Dixon Woodworkers work shop and we used lumberjock Jack D's shop. Great fun.

Used a Kehoe jig for the miter splines.

The source and how to video is here:

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#1 posted 12-28-2010 11:36 PM

Al I like the way that you used the top of the end panel on the lid. When it’s closed it looks perfect. When it’s open – Well – It’s usually always closed.

Post a picture of the end where the opening is.

-- 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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#2 posted 12-29-2010 12:46 AM

This is very nice. Neat dove tail treatment as well as the lid.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#3 posted 12-29-2010 01:19 AM

great work, love the simple look.

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

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#4 posted 12-29-2010 02:06 AM

Okay Karson… got to keep you happy. End view photo posted. I just used the cutoff… shaped the bottom to match the angle of the lid and temporarily using double sided tape to hold to the lid. I’ll glue it and touch up when we decide this is the way to leave it. Yeah, a little funny when opened, but looks fine closed. I wasn’t sure if the Mrs would get frustrated with the corners when open. She says it is okay.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#5 posted 12-29-2010 04:48 AM

Very nice. Sapele is pretty wood.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#6 posted 12-29-2010 06:37 AM

Very elegant Al. I like to make a try on that lid closing and dovetail inserts

-- Back home. Fernando

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#7 posted 12-29-2010 07:01 AM

Thanks Al.

-- 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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#8 posted 12-29-2010 07:12 AM

Love the focus on those beautifully done keys Al. Don’t hide ‘em, celebrate them! And the top is terrific also. Wonderful piece.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#9 posted 12-29-2010 04:09 PM

Beautiful box. I will have to try one like that, though i will skip the dovetail splines. As nice as they are.

Why did they call them “candle” boxes? If you know


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#10 posted 12-29-2010 04:26 PM

Randy: Well, back before electric, they needed someplace to store their homemade candles? Actually, that is what my wife says she will use it for… store her Christmas candles. They tend to break and otherwise get damaged if not properly stored. Can’t burn a broken tapered candle very well—or so I am told. My sister said she needs one for her candles, too. What do I know? I also think women like to put their junk away… neatly. So, boxes are good. Me, I just toss everything on the top of the dresser.

Thanks for the comment.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#11 posted 01-02-2011 04:36 AM

Beautiful box, the splines and top a fantastic. And agree, the ladies do like boxes for their stuff.

-- What? Me worry?!

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#12 posted 02-03-2011 06:50 PM

Hi Al,

Great project! I really like the splines and your joints are right on! Thanks for sharing.


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#13 posted 04-01-2011 02:22 AM

Nice box Al, your execution and craftsmanship is superb, the wood really makes this piece elegant and classy, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#14 posted 07-24-2011 08:03 AM

How did you make the lids? Especially how did you make the beveled edge?

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#15 posted 07-24-2011 03:14 PM

I had access to a router table with a big raised panel bit and took a dozen or so light passes. I have done something similar with my small bench top table saw—but I need a jig to help do it right. Basically the technique is about how to make a raised panel insert for a cabinet door. Lots of different ways if you search LJ site and the web in general.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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