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Project by MsDebbieP posted 12-18-2007 01:44 AM 1830 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Inspired by MrRock’s candleholder I thought that something similar would make a nice gift for my daughter.

My first thought was to mix some pine with some walnut to make a contrasting wood creation but as I searched through my pieces of wood I came up with another plan.

Using the tongue and groove pine board pieces (they are about a foot in length) that Rick saved from the garbage and brought home from his work, I decided to be creative with the single type of wood.

I selected 3 pieces of pine and cut them to the same length on the mitre saw.
I then used a hole-cutting thingy on the drill press to make three holes for candleholders in one of the sections of wood.

Since the wood has a finish on the top I thought that simply gluing the pieces together wouldn’t work so i decided to put dowels through the pieces and glue them in place as well as the wood itself.

I then cut two small end pieces out of the same wood and glued them to the sides.

The “tongues” on all the pieces are facing forward, which looks pretty cool. I am going to send it to work with Rick tomorrow to have it sprayed again (The end pieces have a cut edge on the top and need “something”). If they aren’t spraying any furniture tomorrow then I will have to use a backup plan (yet to be determined).

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#1 posted 12-18-2007 01:47 AM

Great salvage job Debbie. I assume that the candles will be in something to keep the flame away from the wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 12-18-2007 01:49 AM

You go girl, nice job. You just keep getting better all the time. mike

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

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#3 posted 12-18-2007 01:52 AM

Yes, Karson… I wish I had some glasses like what MrRock used but I still have a week to go shopping and find something – or leave it up to my daughter to put her own selection in it.

Thanks Mike.
With this one, I “knew” what to do for each step, so that was fun! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 12-18-2007 01:53 AM

Lookin good!! Cool woodworking project!!!

-- Kirk H. --

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#5 posted 12-18-2007 02:12 AM

Got to love that recycled material. Nice.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#6 posted 12-18-2007 02:19 AM

That really turned out nice Debbie. I like the way you used the “tongues” as a design element…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#7 posted 12-18-2007 02:31 AM

Very nice!!

-- Todd

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#8 posted 12-18-2007 02:56 AM

Debbie -

Very cool! Excellent recycle project. These will look great with some festive votives.

My only disappointment is . . . no decorative pyrography! :-)

Happy Holidays!



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#9 posted 12-18-2007 05:00 AM

great job deb !

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#10 posted 12-18-2007 08:37 AM

Ms Multitalent ;)

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#11 posted 12-18-2007 11:24 AM

Very cool!

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#12 posted 12-18-2007 12:08 PM

thanks everyone.

David.. I never thought about pyro… 1) Jenn’s style is “modern”, clean and 2) the wood already has a finish on it

hmmm and what kind of decoration do you envision?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#13 posted 12-18-2007 12:19 PM

Very nice gift MsDebbie .-)

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#14 posted 12-18-2007 12:56 PM

Quite nice. I would have cut the tongues off, but leaving them on adds a really nice face to the piece. Ingenious.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#15 posted 12-18-2007 12:59 PM

Thanks :)
Yes, Russel, that was my first intention until I picked up the wood and saw a pattern… then I put the 3 pieces of wood together and knew that the tongues would stay!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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