Candle Holder

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Project by ajjeep posted 02-28-2010 05:42 PM 2374 views 9 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a candle holder built for a centerpiece on our dining room table. Inspiration came from an online website (don’t remember where – it’s been a while) and seen a picture of it. My version is slightly different than what I seen. Used a 2” Forstner bit to cut 1/2” cuts down the center of the board. This acts as a holder for the votive (spelling?) candle holders. Used Poplar boards, dado’d the board into the legs, stained two toned, and finished with spray polyurethane.

-- Adam

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#1 posted 02-28-2010 05:54 PM

Nice design on this.
I especially like the wood combination and the dado effect.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#2 posted 02-28-2010 06:12 PM

Looks like you tweaked it to fit your tastes, so good job on adding the “personal touches”.

I like the overall design. I think if I were to use this design, which I may, I’d maybe either take it down to 3-candles, or take it up to 5-candles, as I feel an odd number is more pleasing as a desing element, but that’s me.

I also like the kerf cut down the center for something a bit different.

How long is this, by the way, around 20-inches?

Take a look around on here if you haven’t yet done so. There are a lot of candle holders similar to this one that you may gain some inspiration from if you decide you want to make more of these. All sorts of great wood combinations, leg variations, etc.

Thanks for sharing and welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#3 posted 02-28-2010 06:28 PM

Thank you! I appreciate your comment on my candle holder. The length is 24” and the legs are 1 1/2”. I used nice even numbers to make the spacing easier. I can get by with most fractions, but sometimes I struggle.

Interesting comment about 3 or 5 holders instead of 4. I never considered the number of holders to make a difference. If I remember, the piece that inspired me had an odd number of holders too. I guess I used an even number to make the layout easy on me. I’m still in the beginning stages of woodworking, so I use a lot of easy joinery and markings.

Thank you once again.

-- Adam

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#4 posted 02-28-2010 06:46 PM

An easy way to do an odd number would be to start the first hole directly in the center of the board, then measure out from there.

Thanks for the dimensional information.

I too am new to woodworking, and I’d venture to guess that even if you asked the guys and gals that’ve been doing this for years, they too, still occassionally learn something new.

I’ve got a similar candleholder to yours on my “To-Do List,” so we’ll so how it turns out once I get around to it.

I think the important thing is having fun and challenging yourself while doing a project. And when you’re new like the both of us, each project might be a challenge, with new skills learned along the way.

P.S.- Your Jeep looks like it gets a lot more use than my Cherokee!)

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#5 posted 02-28-2010 07:26 PM

First of all, this is a very nice piece and very good workmanship.

My wife is an accomplished flower designer. She has that “artistic eye” and she often advises me on the artistic aspects of the pieces I build. She is a strong advocate of odd numbers. Here is a piece that really reflects her artistic input. I did all the work, but she really helped with decisions (orders) about size, shape, etc..

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 02-28-2010 10:54 PM

Ah, thanks for the tip Jonathan! Believe me – I learn new things all the time. One of the greatest things I’ve learned recently is the use of stop block on my mitre gauge. Makes cutting exact copies so easy! Please share your candle holder once finished. I’m excited to see how it turns out!

Rich – very nice candle holder. That’s awesome that your wife gives you an artistic insight. I appreciate the compliment of good workmanship! If you look close (I don’t think the pictures show it very well) but there are inconsistent gaps within the dado joinery. I have since gotten better, but that’s the beauty of learning :).

Thank you!

-- Adam

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#7 posted 03-01-2010 07:57 AM

Great job and great design. I too am a fan of the odd numbers. I have even seen it on HGTV for spacing items on a shelf. sShould allways be odd numbers. Don’t know why, but it seems to look better. Just my opinion.

Great job.

Keep it up.


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

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#8 posted 04-11-2010 05:59 PM

great work, i made a few candle holders myself but i have to post them.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#9 posted 08-31-2011 05:44 PM

Great design. The thin line running down the length of the piece is a good design element, it also makes the piece look longer.

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