Introduction: DIY Tealight Candle Holder

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I made a Tealight Candle Holder from Blackthorn wood and walnut.I think it would be a very nice decoration for tables at a wedding or another special occasion. I made a YouTube video of the build process,please subscribe and thumbs up!

Step 1: Split the Wood & Flatten the Top

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  • I used my favorite Hultafors axe to split the log and level the top.
  • I used the axe to remove as much wood as I could before sanding it perfectly flat as it would save alot of time at the sanding stage.
  • be careful not to chop your fingers off!

Step 2: Make a Dado

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  • I set the depth of cut on my mitre saw
  • I made a dado in the bottom of the log by making multiple cuts
  • I test fitted my walnut piece until it fit snuggly.
  • I used a chisel the clean out the excess wood from the dado.

Step 3: Glue & Clamp

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  • I cut the walnut scrap to size on the mitre saw
  • I used this piece so the candle holder would sit level and not roll around
  • I glued and clamped the wall nut piece in over night

Step 4: Drill the Candle Holes

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  • I used my redneck drill press and a 38mm spade bit to drill the candle holes.
  • most good quality tealights are 38mm in diameter including their metal holder.
  • If you use cheaper tealights they may be bigger than 38mm
  • Mark out the 3 places where you will drill carefully
  • Then drill them out with care.

Step 5: Spray on Your Finish

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  • I used a polyurethane spray finish on the holder
  • I sprayed on 3 coats sanding lightly between each coat.
  • Use a paint brush to stop any runs spreading before the polyurethane drys
  • using the brush will save you lots of time on sanding.

Step 6: Add Some Candles & Light Them

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  • I added some lavender scented tealights
  • The pink colour of the candles went well with the pink and purple colours through the wood.
  • I made a youtube video of the build process
  • Please subscribe and thumbs up!

If you like this video here is a link to my channel!Thanks for watching!

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rbooth5 made it! (author)2015-12-27

Fun little project, my axe work is not that great but a chance to improve. I like your stuff and your youtube channel keep it coming!

BCDesign (author)rbooth52015-12-27

Thanks for the kind comment, your version is really nice!!what type of wood is that?I love my axe but I am a total newby to using it!!

rbooth5 (author)BCDesign2015-12-28

It's just some cheep fire wood I thought might work, the colour is mainly from the yacht varnish I used. my axe is just something my gramp gave me, looks like yours but older

grumpyrich made it! (author)2015-11-10

My first attempt at one. Haven't put any top coat on as the other half likes oiled wood rather than varnish / shiny effect.

But cheers for the idea

BCDesign (author)grumpyrich2015-11-10

Nice work!!what type wood is it?how did you make the candle holes?

grumpyrich (author)BCDesign2015-11-11

I think it's just sycamore: got a mate who's a tree surgeon and last time I caught up with him he gave me a few "twigs" (as he called them) to try - he reckoned that one would have a nice pattern on it as the tree had got a few infections which would help to carry a pattern through the wood. It didn't have the outer layer of bark on it, but looks ok (hopefully the missus will like it)

And I just used a 35mm flat drill bit and a pillar drill to get the holes drilled out - quick & easy and fits a tealight nice and snugly

BCDesign (author)grumpyrich2015-12-27

sorry for the late reply,that's awesome that you have a tree surgeon friend,do you wood turn?he may be able to save some nice wood for you that may otherwise get burned or chipped.

BCDesign (author)grumpyrich2015-12-27

sorry for the late reply,that's awesome that you have a tree surgeon friend,do you wood turn?he may be able to save some nice wood for you that may otherwise get burned or chipped.

grumpyrich (author)2015-09-22

Looks really nice - will be stealing this idea for something to build and include in my other half's Christmas box :o)

Brend-PetterL (author)2015-09-18

Fire hazzard?! awesome tinder for an wood stove...

BCDesign (author)Brend-PetterL2015-09-18

Hey im not sure what you mean?

mminstructables (author)2015-09-17

Nice and clean ! Congrats !

BCDesign (author)mminstructables2015-09-17

thank you!

Slk_Stephane (author)2015-09-16

Put it in a Halloween contest!

BCDesign (author)Slk_Stephane2015-09-17

it would hardly qualify for entry to the Halloween contest?

ClenseYourPallet (author)2015-09-16

Beautiful project! The design is awesome. Thanks

thanks I am really happy with how it turned out!!

Corasaurus Rex (author)2015-09-16

Looks stellar and so simple. Nicely done !

BCDesign (author)Corasaurus Rex2015-09-16

Thanks!it was an enjoyable project!

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