I definitely have a soft spot for candle stands. They are usually quick to make and don’t require a lot of material. Maybe building these smallish tables appeals to my short attention span too.
This example I ran across in the MESDA database but was owned by a private collector. With the help of the folks at MESDA I was able get in contact with the owner, measure and document the original piece. The walnut candle stand originates from Randolph County North Carolina, dating from around 1800.
What I turned me on about this one was the post, not turned but hexagonal. It is shaped with hand planes. Considering how bad a turner I am, is a very good thing.
Below are a few pictures showing some of the tool marks that give some clues to the construction methods used to make it.
There will be more to come about this table here. It will also be featured in Popular Woodworking Magazine sometime in the near future.