Candle Center Piece

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Project by Wingstress posted 10-19-2008 06:18 AM 2485 views 18 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The inspiration for this centerpiece was from Woodsmith magazine Vol. 29/No.173. Unlike the split version in the magazine I decided to try an inlay design. The woods are maple and walnut. I used linseed oil for the finish. I didn’t want to use shellac or anything that would be affected by heat.

Word of advice, if you make something like this, buy the candles first. I bought the candles after I drilled the 2-inch holes. It turns out the glass candle holders were about 2 and 1/16th. Because I didn’t own a bigger drill bit, I had to use my dremel to open up the holes. Needless to say, they aren’t perfect circles anymore. No body notices, but me, but still, every time I visit my mother in-law, and am trying to mussel down her cooking, I end up staring at the egg-shaped holes… Ahhhhh

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#1 posted 10-19-2008 06:48 AM

It looks nice and sturdy. I like the thick stock used, very substantial looking. Sounds like mother in law needs a new cook book! Maybe you can get her Emeril’s DVD’s for Christmas. Or, how about using it as a stand for condiments? They can be filled with hot sauce, fresh herbs, spiced oils, etc. (to add to not so tasty menu). Nicely done.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#2 posted 10-19-2008 01:51 PM

Wonderful! Vey bold, makes a great statement!

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#3 posted 10-19-2008 02:02 PM

Tom, this is a nice project that you posted. I like your version with the walnut inlay. To tell the truth I really could not understand the appeal of splitting the centerpiece. It does give it a point of interest but I think that your interpretation adds more visual interest to the piece.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 10-19-2008 04:05 PM

This looks amazing!

-- Ashish, Mississauga, Canada ( )

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#5 posted 10-19-2008 04:14 PM

Looks great!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 10-19-2008 04:42 PM

Looks great. I always like the fact that we learn from past projects. I’m sure it isn’t too hard for your mother in-law to look at.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#7 posted 10-19-2008 06:20 PM

Hi Tom;

Very nice design. I like the uniqueness of it.

Your workmanship is very good. The minor problem with the hole is probably something only you will notice.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 10-19-2008 07:44 PM

I like this very much, it is heavy, but unique and gentle in a way. The colors make a statement.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 10-19-2008 11:03 PM

Great end result Tom. You never know, candles may become very important in the rough ride ahead.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 10-20-2008 12:20 AM

fantastic design. Love it.. and the oval holes well, I guess they leave room for match sticks?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#11 posted 10-21-2008 02:19 AM

Very interesting candle holder! Thanks for sharing this with us.

-- Julian, Homewood, IL

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