|Project by rweitz||posted 12-20-2011 04:02 AM||1351 views||7 times favorited||1 comment|
Well it’s that time of year again – gifts from the shop. I made one of these last year for my Mom and got some requests for more. Couple of nice things is that the wood is natural looking and is just yard debris otherswise. I made 4 of these and got the candles at about 50 cents each so darn cheap for gifting.
The drill bits you see are 2” Porter Cable, and a 1 7/8” Colt Maxi Cut. I used the Porter cable last year and it worked OK, but the Colt was amazing. This might be more of a review, but if you want to buy a great Forstner bit they can’t be beat. Cuts like butter through even some tough old oak branches with knots and all. The Porter cable did the job but took at least 10 times longer for the same result.
I stained the logs by using a MinnWax PolyShade and painting a generous coat on, then dabbing it off with a rag. It helps keep all the bits of bark & moss from flaking off. The branches are about 2 1/2 – 3” diameter.
I cut off the flat edges by screwing a piece of ply to the branch where about where the candle holes would endup and ran it though the table saw against the fence, then flipped it end for end to finish the cut as my blade was not large enough to make it in one pass with all the irregularities of shape to the branches.
Sanded all the flat surfaces and then stain & seal.
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