AF Enlisted Ranks Candelabra V2.0

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Project by Pat Cavanaugh posted 01-04-2011 06:56 PM 2832 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a second version of the candelabra I amd nearly 2 years ago. A close friend in Oklahoma contacted me and asked me if I could make one for his base as the one they had in his words “sucks @$$”. So I set out to improve on the original. For this one, I ensured the stars in the stripes were all in alignment. This caused the shorter end to be slightly taller than the original. Additionally, I chose to use a one piece top to place the candles in. The original used 9 seperate horizontal members (1 for each candle). To ensure the candle holes were vertical, I used the drill press for all but the hole on the short end (not enough throw in the quill). For the final hole I created a quick jig with a through hole that I used with a hand held drill. All edges have a 45 degree chamfers that are in keeping with the angular nature of the top section.

The material is red oak. Stained with a custom blended stain (he wanted a medium reddish brown). Then it was finished with 3 coats of Formby’s Tung Oil Finish to give it depth and 4 coats of Minwax Wipe-on Polyurethane for durability and to help with any removal of any wax spill.

The top section is 42 3/4” long, x 4” wide x 8” at the tall end x 3 1/2” at the short end. The center section is 14” wide at the top, 9” wide at the bottom x 12” tall x 1 1/2” thick. And the bottom is 30 3/4” long by 3 1/2” tall x 4” wide.

It will be shipped today. Thanks for looking.

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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#1 posted 01-04-2011 07:31 PM

very cool

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#2 posted 01-04-2011 08:13 PM

Looks great. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

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#3 posted 01-04-2011 08:48 PM

Looks great!

What’s the purpose/story behind this piece? I was in the Army and never saw this type of item…..
Is it used for some kind of ceremony? Just being curious! :-)


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#4 posted 01-05-2011 03:13 AM

Thanks guys. @ Bob – this is used by the Chief’s (E-9) Group for their promotion ceremony/dinner. The candles represents the ranks they have passed through on their way to E-9. An Airman of each rank lights the candle for their coresponding rank. It’s a cool part of the overall ceremony.

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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#5 posted 01-05-2011 03:16 AM


Thanks for the explanation – In the Army we just beat each other up or something. I don’t remember. ;-)


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#6 posted 01-05-2011 03:38 AM

Pat that is a great looking candelabra.

@ Bob – we punched the rank into the shoulder blades, ah the good old days, the Air Force is so much more civilized.

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#7 posted 01-05-2011 04:15 AM

photo makes it look like a table top variety, but this baby is big. fun to read.

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#8 posted 01-05-2011 11:39 AM

that is very cool … matches the importance of the ceremony

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#9 posted 01-06-2011 05:56 AM

I’m a big fan of red oak. It looks great.

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#10 posted 02-06-2011 05:36 PM

Pat this is beautiful!

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