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    Default Tapered Candle Holders With Opposing Twists

    Dan Bergerud and I have been conversing on modifications to the original Carvewright Rotary Jig to make it a little easier to use and to calibrate. This is my first project after making most of his modifications. It's an old project that I have made before and one of the more complicated ones so I thought it would put the new modifications to a really good test. The calibration test only needed a slight advance using the arrow keys on the first attempt. After that, I ran it several more times turning the machine off and removing the jig between each try and each one was dead on the money. No adjustments using the arrow keys to advance or retard the rotation was necessary on all successive attempts.

    The project itself ran perfectly the very first time and made a full revolution plus about 5% when I forced the over-carve.

    I cannot overemphasize my gratitude to Dan for all of his hard work, thought and planning to make this happen. At least for me, the jig is now an absolute joy to use.

    The wood is Cherry and they are about 11" tall and about 2 3/4" in diameter.
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    Those are really cool candle holders. Congrats to both of you on the success of the refinements to the rotary jig. I may have to get one someday!

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    Steve, beautiful candle holders and great looking design.

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    I for one would like to know more, the pics do not show up for some reason.

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    ok,your picture and some mental picturing helped. Is there a possibility the you 2 could put together a how to PDF with pictures and measurements etc?
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    I am so glad to hear you have the jig working so well. And, those are very nice rotary carves.

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    You should turn the Candle Holders in to a Project
    for sale.
    Happy Carving

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcdages View Post
    You should turn the Candle Holders in to a Project
    for sale.

    Thanks to all for the great reviews

    The procedure I used was:

    1. Turn the blank into a 11 1/2" long by 2 7/8" diameter round dowel (round is optional but length needs to be exact).
    2. Drill a 3/4" diameter hole through the center lengthwise (hard to do without a lathe but possible).
    3. Turn a 2" long, snug fitting plug for both ends of the blank and glue them in flush with the end.
    4. Mount the blank in the jig and carve.
    5. After the carve is finished, Trim off the waste on both of the ends.
    6. Drill a 3/4" diameter hole about 3/4"deep in the top end.
    7. Remount in the lathe and sand a slight concave surface on the top around the hole.
    8. Hand sand or use a detail sander for cleanup and flat bottom.

    I could turn this into a project for the Pattern Depot but it would have to be an advanced advanced project. The hole has to be drilled through the center first and then plugged on both ends to fit in the jig. Normally this would involve the use of a lathe. I suppose one could use a drill press for the hole or even drill it with a hand drill and then buy a dowel to fit the hole but dowels are rarely the exact size the say they are and a tight fit is required. There are lots of other considerations and possibilities but, from my experiences, the Carvewright machine cannot be used exclusively.

    Before the modifications to the jig there were quite a few trial runs before finally getting an acceptable procedure and finished project. After the modifications the projects ran perfectly the first time. Both MPCs are included here so anyone can give it a try. Designer 3 is required.
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    Beautiful work.
    Speaking as someone that is still always learning the Carvewright I am thankful for guys like you two are always expanding our horizons.

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    Steve, I really like your candle holders. The minor issues that I've had with the rotary jig have prevented me from tackling a project that extensive. Always had difficulty in getting the end of the carve to meet. Always have about a sixteenth of an inch uncarved. Somewhat awkward when carving bar-tread tractor tires.
    Like Normrichards I would like to see the modifications to upgrade my fixture also. Dan has designed some fabulous fixtures to assist the rest of us. If you would please post the pictures, I would make the modifications to my rotary. Thanks to Steve & Dan for their work.
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