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How-To; Preparing Accent Strips

Making the candle holders on page 20 isn't all that difficult. They're nothing more than rectangular blocks cut on the table saw, or gracefully shaped on the band saw. The key to the eye-catching look is the thin accent strips used in the body of cach candle holder.

Adding the accent strips requires making a smooth cut on the band saw, like you see at right. Then after cutting and planing an accent strip to final size, you just glue it in place. Depending on how manv accent strips you add, you simply repeat the process.

The accent strips are just thin pieces of hardwood. You can read more about how to make them in the box below. Then for the step-bv-step process on cutting and gluing vip the blanks, see the opposite page.

The accent strips that give each candle holder its appeal are simply pieces of veneer resawn from thicker stock

What makes the candle holders stand out are the thin, contrasting accent strips. Since thin stock can be hard to find, you may find it easier to make your own accent strips from scrap stock you already have.

an Vs" thick can be a problem for some planers. To solve this, I made a carrier sled (center drawing). This makes it easy to quickly and safely run the workpiece through the planer (right drawing).

Plane it Smooth. Finally, run the sled (and accent strip) through a planer to smooth the surface of the veneer.


Start Thick. The first step in making the accent strips is to resaw thicker stock on your band saw.

The first step is to resaw a thicker workpiece on the band saw (left drawing below). Then, to clean up the rough-sawn surfaces, you'll need to run the strips through a planer. Planing the strips down to

Veneer Sled. To clean up the sawn surfaces, attach the strip to a carrier sled with pieces of carpet tape pjjweoci

I found it easy to simply sketch a few different curved shapes until I found a couple I liked. But if you're not comfortable with drawing freehand, the photo at right shows several different layout tools you can -use to get the job done.

TEMPLATES. For the candle holders I made, I repeated some of the curves on the adjacent faces If you plan on doing this, it's a good idea to make templates of your curves out of hardboard, like you see in Step One. This makes it easy to repeat any curve you want to.

After drawing a curve on one face of the block, head to the band saw and cut the block apart by following die layout line, as in Step Two. The key to getting a tight fit is to make sure that once you start the cut, don't stop until you've completed it

If drawing curves freehand isn't your style, you can use drafting tools like the ones shown above to help layout the curves for the accent strips at the opposite end. Stopping at any point will widen the cut slightly, making it hard to glue the strip in place without any gaps.

After lightly sanding the inside faces of the block, you can glue the accent strip in place (Step Three). Next, trim away any excess and sand the edges flush (Step Four). To add more strips, simply repeat the process, as in Step Five. Finally, trim the block to final size (Step 6). [Si

6 Steps for a Perfect Glue-Up

Although the look of the two sets of candle holders on pages 20 and 21 is quite different, they both start out as glued-up blocks of hardwood. ■ See those pages for specific sizes.)

ADD THE ACCENT STRIPS. Once you've glued up and sized each blank, check out the box on the opposite page to learn more about making the accent strips you'll need for each candle holder.

With the accent strips in hand, you're ready to decide on the shape of the curves in each block. You don't need to be too fussy here. All you're really looking for are smooth, gradual curves. If the curves are too tight, it can be difficult to bend the accent strips to shape as you glue them in place.

¡¡just a matter of tracing a smooth curve on one face of the candle holder block

Clean Up Veneer. Once the glue dries, remove the excess veneer by sanding the edges flush with the faces of the block.

accent strip, follow the layout line with the band saw In a single, smooth pass
accent strip, all you'll need to do is repeat Steps One through Four.
the accent strip between the two pieces of the block and clamp it in place
been glued In place, trim the block to final size on the table saw.

Clean Up Veneer. Once the glue dries, remove the excess veneer by sanding the edges flush with the faces of the block.

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