Candlestick in Purpleheart

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Project by WoodGuyScott posted 02-13-2014 03:53 PM 1579 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been turning pens for a little over a year now, but I don’t generally turn things that don’t fit onto a mandrel. With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching and a romantic home-cooked meal in the works, I decided to break out the spur drive and the live center and work on my free-form turning skills to make a candlestick and have a nice candle-lit dinner with my wife. Though I hate purpleheart, it’s my wife’s favorite wood that I’m occasionally willing to work with, and it turns well. I hope she likes the surprise tomorrow!

The base and spindle are turned separately, with a simple round tenon into a hole to join the two pieces.

The project is finished with Briwax, applied like a friction polish while each piece was still on the lathe. I’m hoping (probably in vain) that with a wax finish I can chip off any candlewax that drips and then just buff out the finish with some more Briwax and a lint-free rag.



-- --Shafe

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#1 posted 02-13-2014 07:43 PM

Hey Shafe,

Beautiful candle holder! The finish is superb. Your wife will appreciate the thoughtful gift.

I am encouraged by your profile!

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#2 posted 02-15-2014 06:03 AM


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#3 posted 02-15-2014 08:10 PM

Nicely done. If you have a problem with dripping wax, just put it in the freezer overnight. Pops right off.

-- Chuck, Cottage Grove, Oregon --

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#4 posted 02-19-2014 02:16 PM

It’s pretty, great shape and finish. I’m sure she likes your surprise. Great job!

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