wedding date tea light holder

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Project by glue4you posted 07-18-2012 09:53 PM 1686 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the now finished tea light holder I made for my sister’s wedding. As you can see she hasn’t got it yet, so shhhhht. I’m sorry for the bad quality of the pictures but I guess it’s better to use them than never post the project. Well ,the camera stuff is another story …

It’s a lamination of seven strips of wood. I used smoked oak and “copper oak”. That’s what they called it at the saw mill.

I experimented with a Dremel tool for the numbers but found that my router worked better. I spray mounted a paper template on top and went at it. After removing it and colouring the letters with a gold acrylic paint from the art shop a pass with the random orbit sander removed the rest of the paper and excess paint on top. I then drilled the holes for the tea light glass inserts and put chair pads underneath to elevate it a bit. It looked like a brick when it was lying flat on the table :-) The pads have pretty long nails so I predrilled for the holes. The edges are chamfered on the router table with corners clipped off at 45 degrees.

After that a couple of coats of water based spray laquer and a last finish with wax were added.

My sister can’t possibly know how much time went into this small piece. Most of the time was worrying I might make a mistake a mess it all up in the last steps. This is why it slowed down the further I got.

I nearly got a heart attack when I was setting up the router, let it run to see if the bit was in tight and pushed it down when I got up from the shop stool. I really hated myself that moment. So I had to move the numbers slighly to the left to let that hole fall into the first number. First thing my wife said when I showed it to her: Oh, the numers are off center ….... (looking at my face) ....... oh, and it’s of course the most beautiful …...

Well, enough words, I hope she’ll like it.

-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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#1 posted 07-18-2012 10:36 PM

Nice piece of Oak…love the endgrain view : )

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#2 posted 07-19-2012 09:39 AM

Das wird ein besonderes Geschenk für Ihre Schwester sein. Schöne Eiche.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#3 posted 07-19-2012 10:56 AM

Nice job and cool gift sure they’ll love it.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 07-19-2012 01:57 PM

Reminds me of a VHS tape, but I love the idea!

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#5 posted 07-20-2012 06:47 PM

Schwieb: Vielen Dank, ich hoffe, Sie haben Recht.

-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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#6 posted 07-20-2012 06:51 PM

craftedbyethan: I still have a cut off that I could use to make a DVD version!

-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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