Woodworker's Journal 101-Projects-for-Woodworkers, страница 208




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Candle Box

The candle was an important source of light for homes in colonial America. The candle was portable and generated additional light where needed for such popular evening pastimes as reading, quiltmaking, and. no doubt, furniture making. It is generally believed that boxes of this style were hung on the wall and used to store a supply of those valued candles.

Today these quaint boxes are still useful in

countless ways. We like to use ours to collect a variety of odds and ends that need to be kept handy. No matter how you choose to use it, though, it's sure to be a most interesting, attractive, and functional wall piece.

Except for the plywood back and drawer bottom, the candle box is made entirely of %" (actual thickness) pine. To begin construction, refer to the drawing and cut the sides to the dimensions shown, keeping in mind that a % x rabbet runs the full length of each inside back corner. Next, cut the shelf and the bottom to size (X x 4% x 12"), then the plywood back to 12M" wide x 12%" high. Cut out the top, front piece, and lid as shown. Note that each of these three parts has a beveled edge, so use care and a sharp plane to make the joint well fitted. The drawer components can now be cut to size and assembled.

Thoroughly sand all surfaces, taking care to remove excess glue squeezed from joints. Use an antique pine stain followed by an antique oil finish, or several coats of a low-luster varnish. Attach the lid with decorative brass hinges as shown. Lastly, fasten the brass drawer pull.

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