Maple & Zebrawood Candle Holder

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Project by Mark posted 12-11-2011 01:54 AM 1959 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built two of these candle holders this afternoon, one to keep for my wife & I, and one to give away for Christmas. This was my first time working with ‘real’ wood, I normally limit myself to inexpensive home store pine so that my screw ups don’t get too expensive. After visiting my local lumber store this morning, my wife & I really were impressed by the prices & the helpfulness of the employees. We found some zebrawood that really caught our eye, but at $16.xx a board foot, we couldn’t afford too much. I ended up with 2bf of it in a 6” x 48” long, 1” thick piece.

We also rooted through their ‘drop’ bin and found a nice big piece of hard maple that I just had to have. It was nearly 2” thick, and the price was right at less than $10.

I got all the wood home, and began cutting it to the rough sizes I needed. I don’t have a planer, but a few passes through my Ridgid jointer made it much more manageable. After cutting the maple to length, it looked too plain. My wife & I decided it really needed something else to make it ‘pop’. I figured since I didn’t have too much invested in the material, I’d give an inlay a try. I’d never done one before (and I’m sure I didn’t do this one ‘right’) but I dadoed a groove all round the piece of maple, and then cut some end grain off a piece of zebrawood to make the inlay itself. I spent quite some time sanding each little piece of zebrawood so it would fit, and tapping everything into place.

After sanding everything down to 220 finish, my wife helped rub in a tung oil finish to really make the grain of the two woods pop. I’m really happy with how everything turned out – and quite impressed with the zebrawood inlay especially!

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with an axe, and hammer to fit.

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#1 posted 12-11-2011 01:56 AM

Nice work nice woods three thumbs up :))

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#2 posted 12-11-2011 02:06 AM

You did a great job on this. There are so many ways to do this… your method looks just fine!
Zebrawood and maple are beautiful together. Now you’ll want “real wood” all the time!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#3 posted 12-11-2011 02:11 AM

Looks great, I know the feeling of not wanting to purchase more expensive wood as I usually resort to the big box store pine as well.

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#4 posted 12-11-2011 04:12 AM

Your candle holders are gorgeous, great choice of real wood.
I get real wood on CList under the guise of free furniture. The really old stuff has finish that is easy to get off and it is usually very dry, all for the cost of gas and truck time.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#5 posted 12-11-2011 04:30 AM

Nice! I must warn you , once you start using exotic woods the sickness grows . Welcome to the wood-aholics club!

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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