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Rustic Log Candle Stand



This candle stand is quite unique, with the base appearing rather natural and rugged, seemingly untouched, while the top is a smooth, turned surface.

The contrast between the tree's rugged shape and its cleanly cut design is heightened with the three off-set candle holders. One could hardly look at this piece without wondering how on earth it was done. The candlestand is turned from a piece of 5" x 13" juniper log. Working with Juniper is a pleasure because of the lovely scent it gives off.

The process of turning this candlestand is simple. Split the log into three pieces, turn each piece, and then re-assemble. Before splitting the log, use a pencil to mark the line at which the turning will start on each piece.

• Bandsaw out the three pieces. I chose to make each piece a different length.

• Using a drill press, drill a candle hole in each piece. I drilled the centers of each piece slightly offset in different directions. The drilled holes will serve as one center end when mounted on the lathe.

• Start by turning the longest piece first. Begin your cut at the pencil line by making a pummel (a transition from the rough stock to the round section).

• Use a ½" spindle gouge ground in the shape of a fingernail. It is best to use this tool in a shearing cut, travelling downhill in the direction of the flute. Use the spindle gouge to cut the coves and roll the beads.

• Shape the cup using a spindle gouge.

• The end of the cup needs to be cut clean and this also can be done with a spindle gouge. However, a cleaner cut can be obtained by using a skew. Trim the end by simply lifting the toe of the skew into the wood.

• You can glue up all three sections at once, or glue them up in sequence.

• I applied Tung Oil to the candle holder – you can use whatever finish you like. This is an ideal candle holder for the cottage, or anywhere that you want to achieve that natural, rustic look.


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Mark stock then cut into three pieces

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Drill candle holes

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Make shearing cut with spindle gouge

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Trim the end with skew

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Shape the cup with spindle gouge

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Smallest of the three sections completed

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All three sections completed

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Glue and clamp sections 



PAUL ROSS
Paul Ross

PaulRossWoodturning.com
(613) 393-1795