Tea Light Holder / Candle Centerpiece

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Project by OakHill posted 09-24-2013 03:03 PM 3739 views 14 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This four tea light candle holder is made from American Black Walnut and finished with two coats of Tung oil to highlight the grain. The dimensions are 12×3-1/4×1-3/4.
It uses standard or LED flameless 1 ½” diameter x ¾” high tea light candles

Once the shape was determined, a template was made for the profile and was also used to locate the candle pockets. The profile was roughed out on the band saw with a 3/16 wide blade leaving minimal stock for the profiling operation.

Next operation was routing the profile using the template and a 2’ long flush trim bit. A fixture was designed to securely clamp the template and candle holder blank. Click on the link below.

The next step was to remove the work piece with the template still attached to it with double sided tape and bore out the candle pockets with a 1-5/8 diameter carbide Forstner bit.

We plan on using it as a standalone and on special occasions as part of a centerpiece.

Tea Light Holder Router Profile Fixture:

-- John, Illinois,

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#1 posted 09-24-2013 03:50 PM

Well here’s one I will be making in the near future. I can foresee using Paduk or Redhart as well for a Christmas theme.
Very, very nice. Thanks for posting.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 09-24-2013 04:37 PM

Very nice, Nice flow to this.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 09-24-2013 06:26 PM

I dig em, the design kinda reminds me of a bike chain, very cool

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#4 posted 09-25-2013 12:29 AM

Beautiful tea light holder John…nice design and nicely finished.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#5 posted 09-25-2013 02:13 AM

Very nice design and well done .
Enjoyed the pics especially the one with the wreath .
thanks for sharing and I am looking forward to the jig .

-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 09-25-2013 01:19 PM

Very well done. My wife wants a round one, maybe I will use some of that chain design in it. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 09-25-2013 01:26 PM

Beautiful centerpiece John. I too see a bike chain pattern which is really unique.


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#8 posted 09-25-2013 06:31 PM

Nice unusual shape,well done.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 09-26-2013 04:36 PM

Lovely candle holders! They make great centerpieces. Creative design on beautiful wood.

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#10 posted 11-02-2013 02:14 AM

Nice work on the candle holder John.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 07-21-2014 08:26 PM

Very nice design, fit and finish.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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