Aromatic Red Cedar Tea Candle Holder

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Project by Tom Godfrey posted 06-14-2012 05:38 PM 1500 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had some bad aromatic red cedar wood that I knew i wasn’t going to be able to use in furniture so my question was what to do with these pieces. Cut six pieces 6×6x1 1/2 and glue them together. I rotated every other piece so the sap wood would be shown on every other one. Was thinking this would look good.
After two days of set up time it was time for the lathe. Wasn’t really sure what i wanted to make but knew one end was going to have to be cut down a lot in order to take out a real bad spot. Then I decided on a candle holder, and my little lady’s birthday is this coming Monday the 18th. She loves candles so why not make a birthday present.
Now this is only one part of what was going to be three pieces, this morning it changed to four, then close to lunch today that changed to five pieces. I will post all five pieces once its all finished.
You are going to see some bad spots and i was going to take that out but said what the heck, I think those will look good left in the wood. Your opinion counts!!! btw: this candle holder looks a lot better than it does in the pictures. It shines like a new silver dollar.

Hope you like it and if not please don’t tell my little lady. LOL

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#1 posted 06-14-2012 09:29 PM

Very nice! Good work on using up bad woork. It has been my experience that most “bad” wood can turn out some pretty cool candle holders, I have made several. I really like your design, very different but very cool! Great Job!!!

-- --- Never a failure - Always a lesson

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#2 posted 06-14-2012 09:33 PM

Makes me wonder if I should give as a birthday gift now.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#3 posted 06-14-2012 09:37 PM

I am always thinking of different ways to make things that others have made. Sort of like to have my own style. I think that’s why I live wood turning so much. Come up with and idea and see where it leads you.
Hope you are having a great day.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#4 posted 06-15-2012 02:32 AM

Beautiful use of these “scraps.” Nice job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#5 posted 06-15-2012 03:53 AM

Wate not want not Mr T, they turned out nice & you now have that fabulous smell of cedar thru the shop :)
I am turning some at present & it’s a pleasure to get out there in the morning

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 06-15-2012 11:39 AM

Cedar is about all I work with and its gotten where I can’t smell it and I really miss that smell but others sure can smell it.
Thanks for the nice comment. I found myself now looking at pieces i have tossed aside and thinking what can I do with it.

Getting a lathe has really turned my life around when it comes to wood working.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#7 posted 06-16-2012 03:26 AM

MrTom, I like the rotation of the woods and makes for a very neat design. Thanks for sharing.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#8 posted 06-27-2012 12:41 PM

Beautiful piece. I love using red cedar too!!.....................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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