(More) Tea-Light Holders from Off-Cuts.

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Project by jinkyjock posted 11-12-2014 01:33 PM 1999 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello again,
my last batch of tea-light holders are just about gone (sold),
so decided to go through my scrap bin and make another load.
The live-edge type seem to be most sought after so I concentrated on producing as many of that type as I could.
Managed to get enough off-cuts together to make a batch of 11.

As I hope you can see from the pics, some of the holders are made from 2 pieces glued together,
hence the live-edge on both sides.

Others are from single piece which I halved to give 2 holders.
These are 2 which I sold just yesterday.

I have noticed, especially with the live-edge, how tactile people are towards them.
So I think it’s probably important that they are well-sanded to bring out the character of the wood,
and with a nice smooth finish.

I took some samples up to my local bar, The Swan, owned by my good friends Big Guff & his lovely wife Maria.
It was Monday/Darts night and I knew some of the guys’ wives would be there,
so no point in missing a good opportunity.
There was a lot of positive comments and also made some sales and future contacts.
However I was brought quickly back to Earth by one of the bar regulars.
In the local dialect he offered this insightful comment;
“Whit’s aw the fuss aboot, they’re ony bits of tree”.
When I enquired about the whereabouts of this fantastic tree that produces
ready shaped, sanded and varnished “bits of tree” with pre-drilled 40mm holes for candles,
he seemed momentarily lost for words.
But he quickly recovered, and the middle finger gesture he used to point me in the right direction will be invaluable in my search….....
In that moment I had a brief understanding of the frustration and despair felt by Van Gogh as he hacked at his ear, it’s tough being creative in a Bar in Scotland.
However such grand gestures are not for me,
for one I bleed too much, but more importantly, my glasses would fall off….
The problem now is that I have used up all my live-edge scraps,
I may have to visit some of my friends with my begging bowl.

Thank you for looking. Any comments/questions/feedback are welcome re. this project,
or even any stories about encounters with the general public.
Our darts team won that night, so it was a double result for me.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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#1 posted 11-12-2014 08:06 PM

Looks great, what size hole did you drill? I bought a 1-1/2” forstner bit to make tea lights and my tea lights wouldn’t fit in the hole, but the lights were from Ikea so maybe they were a funny metric size?


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#2 posted 11-12-2014 09:51 PM

thank you.
Bought a 40mm cutter from Bosch on Amazon.
Good luck in future.

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#3 posted 11-12-2014 10:02 PM

I use a 1-9/16 Forstner bit for ikea tea candles.


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#4 posted 11-13-2014 01:42 AM

Great tea-light holders and great story to match! Thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 11-13-2014 09:15 AM

Thank you EWJSMITH.
Went for a haircut yesterday and sold 2 to my Barber.
World Tea-Light domination beckons.

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#6 posted 11-23-2014 05:49 PM

Nice work Jinky!
I got to the bit about the bar owner being called “Big Guff” and had a wee inkling you were Scottish (it was only then I noticed the name)……haha, how I miss that banter!
I’ll be making some of these (among other things) myself for the Crimbo!
Aw the best, Gordon

-- If you can't be good at it !!!!!

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#7 posted 11-25-2014 10:37 AM

Thank you *Falconwood (Gordon).
Apologise for the slight delay acknowledging your post.
Motherboard on my PC went West and had to borrow a laptop until repair is completed.
Doing some work in exchange for PC repair, so no cash outlay. Banter and Barter in Caledonia,
Ye Cannae Beat It !!!!!
Aw the best, Jinky (James).

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