Black Walnut Candlestick

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Project by gdpifer posted 03-08-2011 06:12 PM 1576 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This black walnut candlestick has a history. If you have read my previous posts you will recall that I tore down an old house, salvaged the lumber, and built my workshop. The old house was well over 100 years old and was built the “old-fashioned” way, on sill-logs that sat on foundation stones. A few of the sill-logs were rotted out but most were quite solid. And, as far as I could tell by looking at them they appeared to be oak. I heat with wood so the natural thing was to cut them up for firewood. However, one of the sill logs wasn’t oak, it was back walnut.

The second pix, above, shows the sill log before I cut into it. As you can see, it was a hand hewn log.

The third photo is of the stack of black walnut pieces I have to use for projects.

The candlestick was turned on my Craftsman Router Crafter. It is the first piece I have finished since getting my workshop set up.

-- Garry, Kentucky

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#1 posted 03-08-2011 08:10 PM

It is always great to find a “hidden” treasure in an old piece of “fire wood”.
I like the fluting.
If I could make a constructive critique I would suggest making a wider base piece to add to it for both appearance and stability. I’m always concerned about putting burning candles where they can easily topple over….comes from the time I spend investigating arsons I guess.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 03-09-2011 03:52 AM

That’s one impressive pile of lumber! Wish I had one like it!

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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