Square Turned Candle from Ash

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Project by scrappy posted 12-17-2009 07:00 AM 1734 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Tried my hand at another “Square” turning. As I was shaping the outside, I got a little blow out on one of the outer corners. So I just gave the legs a little more shape instead of just flowing down the side. I think it added a nice touch to the design. (make the most of those mid process design changes)haha

Decided not to just drill a hole for a tea light on this one. Turned a depression and melted down a votive candle to fill it in. Used the wick from the votive candle for this one.

This is one of many christmas presents this year. Hope my step daughter likes it.

About 5 inch Square X 1 3/4 inch tall. Turned to 1/4 thick.

Please leave all comments and suggestions. Thank You for looking.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#1 posted 12-17-2009 07:12 AM

hmmmmmmmmm…. won’t it burn if the candle is lit?

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#2 posted 12-17-2009 07:16 AM

Scrappy it came out great.

Nothing like changing the shape on the fly.

The leg design gives it a spaceship look, “COOL”


-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#3 posted 12-17-2009 08:10 AM

Nice design. I have made some similar bowl but never thought of smaller candle holders. Without a class or metal liner how will you prevent the wood from eventually catching fire as the candle burns low? I wouldn’t leave them burning unattended.

To avoid the chip out on the legs glue on sacrificial strips on both sides of all 4 corners. The strips need to be about 1/4” thick and the width of the blank. I just use white wood glue but hot glue might work and be easier to remove. Make sure the strips are all the same size so you don’t cause a imbalance problem when turning. When you are done just cut off the remainder of the strips….I cut most of it off on the band saw then sand or scrape the balance.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 12-17-2009 12:38 PM

Very nice Scrappy. I like your design modification.

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

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#5 posted 12-17-2009 12:46 PM

Good save Scrappy….. Got love them impromptu design changes…

I too have concerns about heat from the candle done this way…... Tea lights in the metal or glass container, inserted in your cavity, and left a little proud would be a safer beat….. in my opinion .

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#6 posted 12-17-2009 02:09 PM

I really like the design and finish but I too am concerned about the candle burning next to the wood. Would be different if the candle was in metal or glass would be safer, I think.

Otherwise it is A+

‘The SedcoKid’

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#7 posted 12-17-2009 02:20 PM

Real nice candle holder. I love the design. But I too am concerned with no liner that the wood itself could catch fire and burn the holder.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#8 posted 12-17-2009 03:46 PM

my daughter saw this and want’s to make one i am not sure how you mounted this to turn
she makes lots of pens but wanted something different for presents
looks cool

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#9 posted 12-17-2009 04:18 PM

Hey Scrappy that is really a neat candle holder! I may try something like that. Mind if I borrow the design?


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#10 posted 12-17-2009 05:56 PM

Very cool candle holder ,It has an Asian flavor plus a little turtle look both very neat.

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#11 posted 12-17-2009 06:30 PM

Scrappy How do you do that? I love the square turnings. Love Love Love them.

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#12 posted 12-18-2009 01:06 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone. I too was concerned on the fire in wood scheme but, my step daughter collects candles. She does not burn them. I will give her a good warning though.

eddy, Started with this screwed to the faceplate and cut the top/outside curve/shape first, along with the cup for the candle. ( I know you can get tea light holders in this same shape so make it to fit one of them).
removed from the turning plate and mounted a scrap piece. Turned it to fit the inside candle cavity. Added smal stirps of sandpaper to humo on scrap block, mounted candle useing the tail stock to hold it in place. Turned all thw way down to just a small post in center. Cut post off by hand off of lathe when done.

I don’t have a chuck so I get pretty good at improviseing. haha

Thanks again for all the great comments everyone.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#13 posted 12-18-2009 06:56 AM

That looks good Scrappy. I don’t even want to think about turning that one, it hurts my head.

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#14 posted 12-18-2009 03:00 PM

Scrappy that is wonderful gift. The shape of the legs does add a nice touch.

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#15 posted 12-18-2009 07:32 PM

Great design Scrappy. The legs are really cool. Very good save, thanks for posting.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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