Altar Book Stand and Candle Holders

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Project by BArnold posted 12-29-2013 07:13 PM 3637 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of our neighbors asked if I could make a book stand and candle holders for her church. They needed to be made from wood and be simple but tasteful. The church has all the usual glitzy, shiny brass versions but needed plain wood to use during Advent. I’m not familiar with their practices, but had no problem with making something from “plain wood’ for them.

I used cherry for all components. The dimensions are shown in the last image in this group. I made the bases of all three pieces with voids inside so I could add weight (sand in plastic bags) to them. The bases were built up with molding I milled on my router table. The adjustment mechanism on the book stand allows for it to be locked in position at 15° increments from vertical (for storage) to 75°.

This was a little bit of a commission, as it turned out. I was going to donate it to the church, but my neighbor insisted that I be compensated. In the end, I accepted enough to cover the materials.

-- Bill, Thomasville, GA

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#1 posted 12-30-2013 12:12 AM

Nicely done ! The adjustment mechanism you devised looks very practical.

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#2 posted 01-01-2014 07:02 PM

Beautiful, pure elegance!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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