Christmas Presents, and Santa’s Snafu

For some reason I’m not progressing very smoothly on the candle box.  I made a couple of mistakes on the dovetails, and I thought I had that process more or less under control.  I ended up cutting off the end where I undercut the shoulder and chipped out part of a tail.

Trimming the Mistakes

Trimming the Mistakes

Things went mostly better after that, but not as nicely as I’d like.  The test fit of the first pins I cut showed a gap in one spot.  Frustrating.

Transferring the First Pins

Transferring the First Pins

So I decided to take a break and clear my head.  Yesterday when I was dimensioning the stock for the box sides I had two 2″ wide off-cuts of Cherry for the scrap pile.  I had a piece of Walnut scrap and thought I’d glue them together to use in a lathe project some day.  “Some day” turned out to be today.

Scraps to be Glued Up

Scraps to be Glued Up

I cut the ends square, planed the edges to square up the blank and cut it in half to make two candlestick holders.

Ready to Rock and Roll

Ready to Rock and Roll

I turned it round, and then turned a simple tapered shape.  I’m not much of a turner, but I can do this kind of project and get good results.  I felt more in control rounding the stock up that in previous projects.

Round

Round

I marked the narrow part and just worked by eye.  A little sanding (80, 180, 220, 320, 400) and a coat of Tried & True and they are done.  Backup present ready to go.  Now I’ll go back and see if I can get the dovetailing on the candle box finished.

Finished

Finished

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