Here are the steps I used to make an obelisk incense burner. I selected a 3 1/2” square by 7” long piece of pretty wood. Box elder in this case.
I made a drawing to scale and then had to plan the steps in the process so I did not get ahead of my self because it would be impossible to do some of the steps out of order. Being an incense burner it need air flow to keep the cone burning. I started with the top vent holes while the block was whole. 4 -3/16 holes on a 3/4” circle. They had to be deep enough to reach the recess. I bored the top and bottom for the brass inserts that were not yet made for this photo. I relieved the bottom all around for air to circulate from the bottom up
Then I sliced off the back, saving on the one piece on the back with the same grain pattern that will be the hinge.
I milled the pocket for the hinge while the block was in one piece and then I sliced it across to make the two halves.
The hinge was cut out and the pivot pin was installed before the haves were glued together. Then I milled it to fit the pocket and did some preliminary shaping and glued it into the two halves.
With the hinge on, I added two brass pins and bushing to align the halves and serve as a latch for closing.
I took the other 3 cuts to form the obelisk.
I added a brass sleeve in the top to keep the wood from burning and a removable brass insert in the bottom to hold the incense and also keep it away from the wood. The bottom piece has 7- 3/6” hole through to the bottom for air and one 1/8” hole and pin to keep the vent holes aligned.
I had to wait for the incense to come in the mail today to finish this project and this little bugger works very well!
-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!