Menorah from salvaged yellow pine

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Project by Durnik150 posted 04-28-2009 08:39 AM 1997 views 7 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had been making candle holders of a similar design and was selling them at a local craft show. A lady came up and asked if I could make a Menorah. Why not! She gave me a few guidelines to make it kosher and we agreed that I would call her when I was done. Two weeks later I was able to call her and let her know that not only was it done but she could choose from any of the 5 I had made. It was a wise call on my part since she decided to buy 3 of them and give 2 to friends.

The arms of the Menorah pivot on a dowel assembly in the base. The arms can be turned to any configuration. Brass ferrules are recessed into the tops of the arms to hold the candles and to provide a little barrier for dripping wax.

A natural stain was topped off with 3 coats of polyurethane for the finish.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#1 posted 04-28-2009 03:10 PM

Very nice looking menorah candle holder. Really nice.

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#2 posted 04-28-2009 05:21 PM

Nice project it looks really good. Since I’m not Jewish I’m wondering what rules apply to qualify as Kosher. I only thought these rules applied to food.

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#3 posted 04-28-2009 06:13 PM

Cool idea! I’m interested in what made them kosher as well.

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#4 posted 05-01-2009 12:25 AM

I guess that “kosher” can be taken to great lengths depending on how strictly you adhere to the guidelines. The customer said that the most important issue is that the center candle (the Shamesh?), from which all the others are lit, has to be higher than all the rest. The other eight candles should be equal in elevation but no where near as high as the center one.
That’s really all she asked for. It turned out pretty neat and she was very happy with it.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#5 posted 05-05-2009 03:53 AM

great design.

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#6 posted 08-10-2009 05:53 AM

Very Nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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