Napkin Holders

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Project by CreekWoodworker posted 12-31-2010 04:15 PM 2716 views 22 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made three more of my napkin holders. One was for a customer that found me through LumberJocks. Since I was building one I thought for about the same amount of time I could build three. I found out most of my time is in sanding by hand so there was not a lot of time savings. I cut all the pieces out for all three, then sanded and finished the one for the paying customer just before Thanksgiving. The other two I finished just in time to put under the Christmas tree as gifts.

These are made out of cherry and purpleheart, finished with one coat of 1 lb shellack and four coats of a wipe on tung oil finish. I think these turned out better then my original.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#1 posted 12-31-2010 04:52 PM

I really like the contrast of the wood and the finish looks great.

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#2 posted 12-31-2010 06:01 PM

They look pretty good Mike. What new “toys” for the shop did you get for Christmas? The Woodworking Show in Indy is coming up in Jan, Jan 22nd I think, that Saturday. I was planning on going up do you want to meet me there? Well have a happy New Years talk to you later.


-- We are the people our parents warned us about.

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#3 posted 12-31-2010 06:03 PM

very nice looking…I’m going to have to fashion one of these up for the missus.

-- John H. [To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~Edison]

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#4 posted 12-31-2010 06:08 PM

They look great, Nice work. I think these will have to go on the to do list. Nice post.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 12-31-2010 08:05 PM

Nice wood selection. They work well together.

-- Mangling good wood since 2005.

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#6 posted 12-31-2010 11:27 PM

Very nice design and finish.
Going into my Favorites for possible reproduction , with your permission : )

It will be interesting to see as the years go by and the Cherry darkens to a rich brown color as well as the Purpleheart. : )

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

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#7 posted 01-01-2011 12:00 AM

Everyone, thanks for the comments.

Mike, Jan 22 is a Saturday and not good for me, my company awards ceremony is that day. The date may change so we’ll see.

Dusty, this design although something I thought it up in my shop, it was after looking over many projects and plans. Basically combinations of different holders I’ve seen. You have my permission to reproduce it. BTW, I had an idea for a enhancement while building these, so there may be some changes in the 2011 model :D

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#8 posted 01-01-2011 12:24 AM

How can you possibly improve on the perfect napkin holder ?
I know my reproduction won’t stand a chance against your model. The figure in the Cherry is just gorgeous and now after taking a second look , I see that you have a Purpleheart “base” underneath it.
My only question to you was going to be how you would pick it up when filled with napkins , and now I can see. : )

Happy New Year to you and yours !

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

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#9 posted 01-01-2011 03:57 AM

What a fantastic idea.
Love the colours

-- Theresa,

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#10 posted 01-01-2011 06:46 AM

Great job!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#11 posted 01-02-2011 11:47 PM

Simple and elegant with multiple woods. I like it!

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#12 posted 01-04-2011 10:54 PM

Cool, perfect for those days outside when it’s a little windy.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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