Walnut Candle Holder

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Project by gizmodyne posted 11-07-2007 06:21 AM 3273 views 8 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a very simple project I made for my in-laws last Christmas. It is from a book on weekend woodworking projects

Use a single scrap of wood and saw a series of L shapes.

Drill candle holes in one end and through holes for the dowel in the other end.

Make a knob.

Glue in dowel.

Finish with danish oil.

It is simple but an excellent gift.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#1 posted 11-07-2007 06:53 AM

What a clever idea.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#2 posted 11-07-2007 07:08 AM

Don. This book is well worth the money. Great, fun projects, that are not too cheesy.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#3 posted 11-07-2007 11:37 AM

Now that is one clever and innovative idea. Thanks for the idea.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 11-07-2007 01:13 PM

I must have that book… I have been looking at that project but haven’t done it.

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

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#5 posted 11-07-2007 01:27 PM

Great idea!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#6 posted 11-07-2007 03:21 PM

John -

What a cool project and a very clever design!


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#7 posted 11-07-2007 03:24 PM

Great gift idea!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 11-07-2007 04:35 PM

Interesting design.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#9 posted 11-07-2007 10:55 PM


-- Gary, Florida

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#10 posted 11-07-2007 11:22 PM

Think my honey would be pleased to see one of these on her diningroom table. Thanx!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#11 posted 11-08-2007 01:37 AM

Thanks for the comments. It really did take no time at all to build. I did the cuts on the band saw. However I think if I did it again I could do a series of the vertical cuts using a mitre guage on the table saw and then cut the horizantal cuts on the bandsaw. I also recommend sanding the entire block before the cuts and then smoothing just the kerf areas.

The original design called for a round knob, but I modified it as shown.

Also the entire thing only measures about 5 inches tall.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#12 posted 11-09-2007 12:42 AM

Cool. So depending on the candles you want to use, you could use different thicknesses. Wider candles, thicker board. Neat.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#13 posted 11-09-2007 02:28 AM

Thanks for the idea John. I might just be able to sneak a few of these in this weekend with he 6 hours of workable temps I might get…

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#14 posted 11-09-2007 02:37 AM

John: that be an interesting project with two different woods if you wanted to make 2 of them Cherry and maple or something like that.

Great design I like it.

Post it in Dan’s christmas gift blog

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#15 posted 11-09-2007 03:30 AM

O.K. and go to it.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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