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  • Candle Box with Inlay

    This is a box for, well, holding candles. A dozen 10" tapers to be exact. Not so terribly long ago such a box was a necessity as a variety of rodents and insects will eat wax or tallow candles.

    This one is based loosely on a 18th design but the flush lid is a more modern touch. The wood is cherry except for the birch plywood bottom and the birch candle inlay. The lighter top is cherry as well, being a figured piece of sapwood. Overall measurements are roughly 11" X 4" X 3". The box joints are 1/4" making the 1/4" rabbits and grooves a neat fit.

    The finish is three coats of my ever-reliable mix of Danish Oil and polyurethane applied by rubbing it in successively with 220, 400, and 600 grit paper.

    I want to thank everyone for the suggestions in the Work in Progress topic for the inlay.

    While it does not show in the photos, there was one other small piece of scroll saw work: I cut three pieces of 1/8" dowel to pin the cross piece to the top. It would probably be fine without the pins but I never trust end grain glue ups.

  • #2
    That is a beautiful box. The inlay looks perfect.
    Denny
    ArtCrafters in Dayton, TN

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    • #3
      Very well made box . I really like the flush top. Just curious why the offset on the candle. Coming from a guy that struggles with asymmetric stuff.
      Rolf
      RBI G4 Hawk, Delta SS350, Nova 1624 DVR XP
      Philosophy "I don't know that I can't, therefore I can"
      Proud Member of the Long Island Woodworkers Club
      And the Long Island Scrollsaw Association

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Rolf View Post
        Just curious why the offset on the candle.
        I am no artist but I do know the Rule of Thirds (link below). Frankly I never thought about where to place the inlay - it just had to go there.

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        • #5
          Really turned out nice.
          AKA Paul from Washington State

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          • #6
            The more I look at the pictures the more I like the offset.
            Rolf
            RBI G4 Hawk, Delta SS350, Nova 1624 DVR XP
            Philosophy "I don't know that I can't, therefore I can"
            Proud Member of the Long Island Woodworkers Club
            And the Long Island Scrollsaw Association

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            • #7
              Beautiful finished project. Thanks for sharing.
              Melanie from East TN

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              • #8
                Very beautiful!
                Alexey Morozov & my puzzles

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