Two Matching Candle Stands

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.

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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.

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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.

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These peices are quick to make and fairly inexpensive to boot.

Please do pass this on to your friends if you enjoyed it.

About Gary Showalter

Gary Showalter was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He lived in Aruba, Florida and the Panama Canal Zone before joining the U.S. Army during the 1960s. Following his discharge from the Army, Mr. Showalter picked cotton in East Texas, baled hay in Ardmore Oklahoma, sold light bulbs in Los Angeles, California, and built cattle pens in Fallon, Nevada (during a blizzard, of course). After settling in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Showalter worked as a professional gardener before turning his hand to furniture making. In 1981, he moved to Israel, married, and raised four children while working as a furniture maker, silversmith, goldsmith, and ornamental wood turner. He served in the Israel Defense Forces Reserves for sixteen years, and when not on active duty he worked in government and private security. He has also served in senior management positions in two software development companies in Israel. During his time in Israel, Mr. Showalter published articles dealing with international terror and the Israel-Arab conflict in the Jerusalem Post, Israel national News and several political science web sites. Mr. Showalter returned to the United States in the fall of 2003, to care for an elderly parent. He published his first novel, “The Big Bend”, in the fall of 2008. His second novel, “Hog Valley”, is now in print. Mr. Showalter's third novel, “Twisted Key”, was published in the fall of 2011, and his fourth novel, "Lonesome Cove" is now available in Kindle format and should be published in paper near the end of 2012. Those words were written a few years ago. Frankly speaking, the literary well has dried up. I now live in Dunnellon, Fl, where I amworking as the caretaker on a horse farm and looking to build a workshop here on the property where I can get back to building furniture. With any luck I will be sinking piers some time early in November and hope to have the floor joists ready for flooring by the end of the month. I'll get back to you on that.
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