This past week I was in Korea so the stubby sat dormant ,, er I mean rested!
I did however finish up some previously started projects. I finished the stain on these candle bases.
My wife thought these candles looked unfinished sitting on the hearth.
She wanted some simple candle bases and I felt like doing something simple for a change.
1. Mount a waste block in your stronghold. Hot-glue the oak blank to its flattened surface. Mark (using the index on the lathe) 8 equally spaced lines around the base. Turn the blank round.
2. Turn a 1/2″ ridge around the edge leaving a 1/2″ recess.
3. Remove the base from the waste block and turn it around. Then mount it into the strongholds jaws. Turn this surface flat.
4. Turn another 1/2′ deep ridge around the edge leaving a 1/2″ recess (2). Turn a bead from this recess. I used my shop made pyramid tool.
5. Finish sanding the entire piece on the lathe.
6. Joint one side of a 2×4 flat. Clamp the base vertically to it with a c clamp with the beaded side against the 2×4. Align the marks made in step 1 with the center of the micro plane. Move the base into the plane slowly until the plane interposes the bottom of the recess leaving an arc cut in the bottom of the base. Repeat 7 more times.
7. Finish with gel stain and polyurethane.