Candle box

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Project by Tom Regnier posted 12-24-2015 02:45 PM 1233 views 19 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife enjoys burning candles so I looked through many plans and photos and came up with this.

I just glued up 4 frames with a dado on the lower rail for the base… and the base has a rabbet on 4 sides to accept the bottom of the glass. I glued up the top and cut some bevels on the table saw….it’s attached with tabletop fasteners so if the glass ever breaks it can be removed. The antique looking glass (called seedy) along with the dividers give it an interesting “window” effect when lit.

As you can see in the photos I made 2 of them. One is oak with the glass in it, the other is maple and dyed to match a coffee table I built last year. I haven’t put any glass this one because my wife seems to like it without but I may convince her to go with the glass or perhaps some punched copper even!

This design can also be used with LED lights or a corded candelabra light mounted through the base if you prefer not to burn candles.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 12-24-2015 02:47 PM

Nice job, Tom. They really look great!

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#2 posted 12-24-2015 02:48 PM

Very nice design. The style (correct term ?) reminds me of Arts and Crafts. Would this be correct?

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#3 posted 12-24-2015 02:54 PM

That looks fantastic!

One issue I see, however, is if that candle get pushed to one side can it burn and ignite the wood that’s now directly above it?

Love the idea of an LED / battery powered candle.

Thanks for sharing.


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#4 posted 12-24-2015 03:01 PM

I’ve always been a big fan of the Arts and Crafts style….got to finally build that Morris chair this year I hope.

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#5 posted 12-24-2015 03:04 PM

Sweet lights, Tom!!

Cheers, Jim

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#6 posted 12-24-2015 03:09 PM

Hi Bob, there’s always the potential for things to go awry when you have a lit object but the wood overlaps the sides by just enough to cover the thickness of the glass plus 1/16”. So the candle really doesn’t come close to heating up the wood.
However people with pets and small children should always think about safety whenever using candles.

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#7 posted 12-24-2015 03:57 PM

Personally I see NO safety issues here & this is a super idea! I have made similar styles of these candle holders & this one will be my next. I cut a shallow recess for my candles to sit in and add a spot of hot glue to the bottom of the candle or candle holder. The glue holds it in place (even if turned upside down) and is easy enough to swap out when & if I need to. I can see these hanging in my hallways & rooms via my shop built hangers for when our power goes out.

THANKS for the share, nice job!

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#8 posted 12-24-2015 04:59 PM

They look great. Terrific design and build.

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#9 posted 12-25-2015 12:29 AM

yeah should not be a safety issue maybe add a bottom that centers the candle other than that a great job merry christmas

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#10 posted 12-25-2015 02:27 AM

I really like this. What a nice idea. Yours turned out very well.

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#11 posted 12-25-2015 09:42 AM

A definite winner!

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#12 posted 12-27-2015 04:36 PM

They are both very nice.

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#13 posted 12-27-2015 07:06 PM

That is a beautiful project.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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