Back in the bad old days before someone figured out how to make a pant-load of money selling electricity to people, the biggest problem normal folks had whas figuring out some place to put their lit candles where they wouldn’t blow out in a draft or catch their drapes on fire.
That takes in most of the known history of mankind, I guess. Nowadays, anyone who lights up a candle is probably trying to get romantic.
Which only means that folks still need a place to put their lit candles.
This is one of two matching candle stands I built before I took on that massive tilt-top tea table in my last post. These two pieces are again in Canadian Rock Maple, with a honey-colored stain and finished in satin polyurethane. The tops are 12″ in diameter and sit 34″ tall. This is all turning work, which I enjoy. A lot.
The legs are fixed into the column with stepped tennons. That means the upper half of the tennon is 5/8″ long while the lower half is 3/8″ in length. This is done for two reasons. First, the column is not all that thick so the upper half could not be any longer without risking splitting the column. Second, that longer upper section of the tennon keeps most of the strain on the leg away from the bottom end of the column, which keeps it from splitting open.
That does happen on three legged pieces all too often, forcing repair men to attempt a repair with a metal strap or two. That won’t work, folks. The stepped tennon adds an extra shoulder up and away from the end of the column.
These peices are quick to make and fairly inexpensive to boot.
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