Tea Light Holder Gifts... a la Stevinmarin

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Project by ellen35 posted 978 days ago 1630 views 11 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Each year I make something for my 8 colleagues in our medical practice. I was at a bit of a loss as to what to make this year until I saw Stevinmarin’s wonderful video on these little tea light holders. As I was making them in my shop, I started lining them up quite by accident. When I looked at them as a group, the last picture was what I saw! So my thumbnail is the group after finishing and putting candles in each. The stands are made from either mahogany, purpleheart or cherry. The tops are contrasting woods. They are about 10 inches long and 2 1/2 inches high. I finished them in 3 coats of poly. They were quite easy to make at a time when everyone is busy.
I would encourage anyone looking for a quick and simple gift to check out Steve’s video. He is both instructive and entertaining. A great big thank you from me to Steve for giving me the idea. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!
Thanks for looking.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#1 posted 978 days ago

Great job. Yeah Steve is a funny guy. Keep up the good work. BTW I’m an RN also.

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#2 posted 978 days ago

Very nice work.

-- Guy,PEI

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#3 posted 978 days ago

Great job Ellen! I’m sure these hand-made gifts will be much appreciated too. I’ll have to check out Steve’s video.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#4 posted 978 days ago

Nice work Ellen and they look like nice gifts as well. Your colleagues are fortunate to work with you.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#5 posted 978 days ago

I like them! Great design.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#6 posted 978 days ago

You have done the great man proud… very nice job on a wonderful design..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#7 posted 978 days ago

like goose said, you done him proud, wow , you have been busy, o love these, i know steve did these awhile back, but i love them again…great wood choice to….i know these will sell…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 978 days ago

You just keep providing me with ideas, Ellen, Thanks!!

BTW, your oil and bread boards were a super hit with the nurses at my doctors office. I made a loaf of crusty french bread to go along with each one. Thanks for the idea!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 977 days ago

Ellen, what beautiful projects. I am certain that your colleagues will enjoy these and think of you whenever they light them.

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#10 posted 977 days ago

Hi Ellen, ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!! You are a kind and giving person, God Bless you.

Thanks for sharing your project Ellen.

Steve is wonderful, entertaining and always generous.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#11 posted 976 days ago

those are all very nice Ellen.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#12 posted 976 days ago

Great project and so well made, Ellen! Maybe it’s not too late for me to get some made! Thanx!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#13 posted 976 days ago

Hey Ellen,

Wow, you win the overachiever award! Haha…those look great! Thanks for the kind words. I find it very gratifying how many people have been making that project. I really didn’t think much of it at the time, but I am giving one to my mom for Christmas.


-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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