Step 1: You need...
drill bit and drill
Step 2: Log
Sand your log...but don't remove all the bark...the bark gives a nice look.
Flatten one side by cutting 1/4" or less from one side with a jigsaw...or you could cut it off with a knife and sand it
sand it till it's very flat that when you keep it down and push it ...it'll not roll or even move.
Mark you log for the holes.
I marked 2" from either side...eyed the center and nailed it slightly.
then i put a band on both...and marked 2 more holes with nails in the band area...that way they were straight
My drill could take a maximum of 13mm drill bit...the test tube was wider...hmmm
well...i drilled the hole about 3/4" deep...widened it with a rotary sanding band.
If your log is not the same width all around ...you might want to drill a bit more in some holes to make all the tubes the same height.
Step 3: Check for tight fit..
mine went lopsided ...What to do???
i put the test tubes in and filled around with wood filler and gently removed the tubes by slowly twisting it.
I didn't want the tubes permanently fixed as i wanted to be able to replace the tubes
when they cracked....( which incidentally i did when i tried to force the tube in to the right height.)
Once you are all happy with the fit...varnish it.
Step 4: Ta Da!