Tea Lites

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Project by muniart posted 07-01-2009 04:14 PM 1868 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a winter project. The woods are #1(left to right) Cherry Burl, Oak Burl, and Mesquite. #2 African Blackwood. #3 Ash Burl. #4 Crabwood. #5 Mesquite. #6 Maple. I made around 30 of them, giving a lot of them as Christmas presents. I have over the years as most of us have done saved a lot of cut-offs and small pieces of wood I simply could not throw out. All of them were put on a lathe and fashioned into tea-lites.Some of them were put on my psuedo/rose engine machine. Now you do not have to turn them. You can sand them, carve them, or simply use them as is. All you actually need is a 1 1/2 fostner or spur bit to cut an opening for the candle. What you do with your wood becomes a personal adventure into your own imagination.. I would appreciate you sending me an image of what you have created. I do not want to see something exactly like mine. Have at it…...Ray

-- A world without wood is chaos

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#1 posted 07-01-2009 04:22 PM

Very beautiful wood and great ideas.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 07-01-2009 04:23 PM

Very cool idea. I’ll have to give it a try this weekend.

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#3 posted 07-01-2009 05:14 PM

What wood is that in the 4th picture?

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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#4 posted 07-01-2009 05:18 PM

Crabwood from Fla.

-- A world without wood is chaos

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#5 posted 07-01-2009 06:45 PM

These are so Cool. Maybe I’m stating the obvious, but they look like volcanoes. The “lava flow” is so perfect and natural looking.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#6 posted 07-01-2009 08:08 PM

My favorite is the blackwood … great shapes

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#7 posted 07-01-2009 10:31 PM

definitely “lava flow” happening. Nice!!

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#8 posted 07-01-2009 10:44 PM

Man your picture looks like your suffering in pain do you have constipation or is your new hat on fire.Seriously you should get an award for that picture it’s great I love it.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#9 posted 07-01-2009 11:44 PM

Its a pic of yours truly that my wife took. The bowl on my head I will soon post. It is half of a shere that I am entering in a local copetition. Thanks for the comments. By the way it is pains of joy that I am suffering…Ray

-- A world without wood is chaos

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#10 posted 07-02-2009 08:36 AM

Fantastic designs. Outstanding execution! Thank you for the ideas! Will have to get going on some of these. ( among my other things I am trying to get done)

Thanks for posting.

Keep up the great work.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#11 posted 07-03-2009 11:07 PM

very nice, the display in pic one is good

-- I know all about hard work. It's that R & R I need to learn

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#12 posted 07-04-2009 12:15 AM

Ray you’re a real gentlman and no mistaking that and a good laugh well done again.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#13 posted 07-04-2009 12:24 AM

i like these and so does the wife thats gone on the to-do list thanks for posting


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#14 posted 07-04-2009 04:50 AM

Very unique

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