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Forum topic by Jim Jakosh posted 12-11-2011 07:59 PM 1420 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jim Jakosh

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12-11-2011 07:59 PM

Today we had a good sermon on candles. It started out talking about the the Advent candles and then he got into how candles are a symbol of light and in some cases all the light people have. So I thought, with 2 weeks left before Christmas, it would be nice to make a simple project with a candle in it and give it to someone (totally not expecting a gift from you) to spread a little light to brighten their Christmas season. If you feel inclined to do so, please post a picture on the forum to show what you came up with. I just bought some cool candles in glass holders at Dollar Tree to get going on mine.

Pay it forward – to someone you don’t owe anything to…....

Merry Christmas to all and to all an brightly lighted one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 12-11-2011 10:35 PM

I have always tried to follow the pay it forward philosophy…
Good for you… and good for them…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 12-12-2011 08:24 AM

I have also always tried to follow the pay it forward philosophy. Nothing makes me feel better than helping out a stranger (except for realizing that God gave me the opportunity to do so). But, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS remember that Dollar Tree is evil! Over 90% of their product is made over seas. They pay their employees minimum wage and their managers between $10 – $11 an hour to make sure that they cannot afford quality, American made products…. Which keeps the vicious circle going and going. Think of your family, friends and neighbors the next time you want to pick up one or two things from Dollar Tree.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#3 posted 12-12-2011 01:54 PM

I’ve been making and giving candle holders from my scrap wood for a while now. This Christmas I've made a bunch of them and I didn't think about making a project for them on Lumberjocks untill I saw this forum topic. Making tea candle holders like this would be a great project to use to teach kids how to make a simple woodworking project. My next door neighbor has a 10 year old son and I’m going to let him make a few candle holders to give as gifts. The wood I made the latest batch from was from an elm burl log I sawed over two years ago. The narrow boards with a live edge were so beautiful I didn’t know what I was going to use them for, but I never throw out wood that has this kind of potential. All I did was to cut the best burl parts out of the strip, sand them and drill 1 1/2” holes to use as tea light candle holders and rub in some tung oil. After the oil hardens, I wax them with paste floor wax. It doesn’t take long to make these candle holders and they make beautiful decorations. I’ve got one on top of my entertainment center with holly branches around it for color contrast.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#4 posted 12-12-2011 04:00 PM

This is a great concept, I have done this for a long time. I enjoy giving Christmas tree ornaments to friends and family. Everyone seems to enjoy getting these and it makes me feel good to see their expression when I hand it to them.

Thanks for your post… Have a Very Merry Christmas

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#5 posted 12-13-2011 09:40 AM

Well done to all, I have always enjoyed giving the products of my woodworking but candle holders are a great way to give a gift relevant to Christmas. A bit late for this year but I will include some in my project list for next year.

Thx for the great idea.


-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

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#6 posted 12-13-2011 05:14 PM

I got one done for some unsuspecting person. It is made from Alaskan Black Cottonwood and finished with clear gloss spray. The first time I bored a hole in it , It came through the side and I was going to scrap it, but I don’t have much of this wood so I cut it off. In trying to keep the rustic look, I got out the brass wire wheel and went all around it and it changed the look nicely.
Here is it and an extra piece to go with it.

And this is the Wire wheel that I originally used to clean the dirt out of this driftwood:

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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