Napkin Holder

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Dressing up one of life’s necessities

By Ken Burton

This attractive napkin holder with its leaves at opposing angles will add pizzazz to any table. The chamfered leaves appear to float just above the surface, adding a subtle shadow line to the gently curved feet. The straightforward construction makes this a fun project to work on with a youngster or to batch-build for holiday gifts.

While the project is simple, be aware of a few technical details. Because the leaves are relatively thin, they are prone to warping, so use strong, properly-dried stock with straight grain. And run the grain in the leaves vertically for strength. Finally, consider milling your stock to 1/2" thick and letting it acclimate for a few days before planing to final thickness, especially if you’re resawing.

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