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Project by TZH posted 02-01-2014 01:03 AM 1782 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not the best photos in the world, but will do for now. This piece has been in my shop for as long as I’ve had my shop. It’s a branch with two sprigs coming out from it in both directions. At first, we thought it should be a wall hanging. Tried that, but didn’t like it. So it sat…and sat…and sat…and sat.

Finally, just before Christmas last year, I was looking in my scrap pile and happened to lay eyes on it again. We had decided to do/make things for each other this year instead of spending a small fortune in the big box stores, and this is what I decided to make for my lovely wife, Katherine (along with an oak cutting board that was the precursor to a cutting board I was in the process of making when I had my fight with my table saw and lost).

Anyway, the cleanup was the most time consuming. I’m finding that a plastic “wire” brush for a 3/8” drill works the best for this. I got mine at an Ace Hardware here on the mountain. The next step was to cut off the bottom sprigs level. That was easily done on my router planer (adjustable) upside down and secured safety with tie downs, screws, and wood blocks clamped up against it to keep it from moving. Once I got done with the planing, it was a simple matter to clamp the piece to my radial drill press table, adjust the arm on the drill press to line up for drilling the holes for the candles, find the right size forstner bit, and drill out the holes.

I finished this with one coat of Natural Danish Oil and three coats of gloss spar varnish. Turned out pretty nice, and Katherine liked it a whole lot.

Thanks for looking.

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#1 posted 02-01-2014 01:13 AM

Very interesting. Great centerpiece.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 02-01-2014 01:16 AM

Nice interpretation on this. Turned out beautiful and looks great on the table.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#3 posted 02-01-2014 01:49 AM

very cool, it will be something people ask about when they see it, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#4 posted 02-05-2014 02:59 PM

Beautiful and unique piece, the wood is interesting. Glad that you finished it. Great job!

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#5 posted 02-05-2014 03:07 PM

Mr. TZH,

We here at WalMart Purchasing stumbled across this project and really like it. We would like to place an order for 10,000 identical units, for delivery in batches to our local retail stores within 14 days. Please provide total discount pricing, terms to be 180 days net.

Great project!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#6 posted 02-05-2014 03:08 PM

It turned out to be an interesting piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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