Turned LED Tealight holders

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Project by nerdkraft posted 12-10-2015 08:31 PM 1204 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been really enjoying turning these little LED tealight holders. I suppose they will hold normal tea-lights as well but they were thanksgiving host gifts for my in-laws who switched to LED candles for safety. (Someone forgot about the candles a few years ago until hours later :)

These are really simple to turn. Hot glue the wood to a waste block, drill out a 1.5” diameter hole (a 1.5” forstner bit really helps here.) Part and reverse with pin jaws on a 4 jaw chuck.

The first two are cedar and I ended up making 5 of those.
The second one is walnut. The red line is achieved with red nail polish (see my experiment with nail polish).

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#1 posted 12-11-2015 01:21 AM

Very cool design. In fact, I may try to copy it with my limited skills…

-- I aspire to be a novice woodworker...

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#2 posted 12-11-2015 05:00 AM

Beautiful shape. Wood itself looks awesome.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 12-11-2015 05:01 AM

Very nice little project.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#4 posted 12-11-2015 07:54 AM

Thanks! As Ivan said – it’s nice and its little.
You can make it with a 2.5”x2.5” square of 8/4 dry lumber. (Cedar looks great and is also cheap.)

The things that really help:
Drill chuck for tail stock and 1.5” forstner bit (38mm if you can get it is the actual size of standard tea lights)
Hot glue gun to attach that small piece to a waste block
Chuck with jaws that can expand to 1.5” (I use teknatool pin jaws)

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#5 posted 12-11-2015 12:04 PM

Very nice project. I like the red fingernail polish.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#6 posted 12-11-2015 01:14 PM

Great idea! I love the shape.

-- Marsha, Northeast Ohio

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