Wooden Luminaries

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Project by rooster posted 12-01-2011 10:25 PM 12239 views 39 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been wanting to make some Christmas luminaries for a couple of years. I finally found the time to do it. It really was much easier than I expected. They luminary boxes are about 7.75” tall and about 4.5” wide (I think, don’t remember now). It just so happens that a quart mason jar fits perfectly inside. I made them from old barn oak and added a tung oil finish. I used 45deg mitres and chamfers throughout the design.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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#1 posted 12-01-2011 10:30 PM

Very nice work.

-- Romney

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#2 posted 12-01-2011 10:35 PM

Most excellent, keepsakes for sure!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#3 posted 12-01-2011 10:53 PM

Wow! I like those

-- Measure twice, cut once.

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#4 posted 12-01-2011 11:36 PM

Goin in the Fav Folder!


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#5 posted 12-02-2011 12:59 AM

Love ‘em. Must look great once lit. —> favorites

I like the flat sawn best!

-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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#6 posted 12-02-2011 01:57 AM

Neat, would like to see them lit up of course. Like Frost.

-- So much to do, so little time.

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#7 posted 12-02-2011 05:04 AM


-- helen

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#8 posted 12-02-2011 05:42 AM

Like the recycled wood aspect. Going to have to build some with my stack of re-purposed wood. Got a pattern for the cut outs?

-- Mother Nature always bats last.

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#9 posted 12-02-2011 05:55 AM

Beautiful project! Wondering how you did the cut outs for the patterns and do you have candles inside the mason jars or how does that work? Thanks and once again great work.

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#10 posted 12-02-2011 02:06 PM

very nice i like it .

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#11 posted 12-03-2011 01:38 AM

Nice job, very festive!

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#12 posted 12-04-2011 07:35 AM

Where did you get the patterns for the snowman and tree?

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut [email protected]#%#[email protected]!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#13 posted 12-04-2011 04:40 PM

Ver cool. Gonna save them in my favorites as “to do” stuff. Nice work.

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#14 posted 12-06-2011 03:19 PM


I sorta free handed all of the patterns. I took inspiration from some pics/patterns I found on the web. The tree inspiration came from Drawing the tree gave me fits, but I think it turned out better than the rest. The snowman inspiration just came from a silhouette pic I found on the web. The snowflake was my idea, but it looks like a rotary dial. I’d like to do some more with holly leaves or the Christmas star. Not sure yet.

Yes, tealight candles fit in the mason jars and they look great lit up. I tried to take a picture, but the camera without flash has a slow shutter speed and the pics look horrible.

Thanks all and Merry Christmas!

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