Obelisk Incense Burner

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 12-19-2012 06:12 PM 1759 views 10 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project I have had in the shop for a while now that finally got done before the end of the year.
It is a box elder wood obelisk made to be an incense burner. It is 3 1/2” square and 7” tall. It has an integral wood hinge and brass locating pins that latch the top closed.

It has air holes in the bottom and vent holes in the top for positive circulation. The incense burns hot so I added brass inserts in the top and bottom to keep the hot cone away from the wood. The bottom insert lifts out with a ring turned in the top of the wall and it had a 1/8” locating pin to keep the 7 holes aligned with the air holes that go to the bottom. The 1/2” relief between the feet is to allow good air flow.

It is finished with clear matte spray.
I did a blog on the build process if you are interested:

Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!..................Jim

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

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#1 posted 12-19-2012 06:21 PM

This is a smoking hot project!

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#2 posted 12-19-2012 06:24 PM

Very neat and interesting. Thanks for sharing, especially the blog.

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#3 posted 12-19-2012 06:41 PM

That so smart and very safe way for burning

your incense cones.


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#4 posted 12-19-2012 06:45 PM

It has a very nice, unusual design, and was well constructed. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 12-19-2012 06:49 PM

Cool project Jim,nice work.

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#6 posted 12-19-2012 07:05 PM

This is a really nice idea and very well done Jim.
The obelisk form just works so well for the purpose.
I like the smoke holes in the peak as well.

Good one.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#7 posted 12-19-2012 07:41 PM

Wow! Neat-O Jim! Love It!

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#8 posted 12-19-2012 09:03 PM

Brilliant idea..

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#9 posted 12-19-2012 09:14 PM

This is a very tricky little burner Jim, love the design & hinge, well done ndeed :)

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

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#10 posted 12-19-2012 10:12 PM

COOL – HOT – Project!

Really very nice… wooden hinge…


Thank you.

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#11 posted 12-19-2012 10:36 PM

Very nice Jim, great design. Really like the wood.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#12 posted 12-20-2012 02:45 AM

very cool project! I’m going to read your blog to see how you did it.

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#13 posted 12-20-2012 05:34 AM

Very cool Jim. Unique too.

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#14 posted 12-20-2012 10:42 AM

Very nice!

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#15 posted 12-20-2012 05:41 PM

this is unique..very “hot” :-)

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