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A friend of mine sent me a photo of 3 house shaped candleholders and I immediately thought, "Holiday gifts!"  You could finish these in a weekend, with very minimal costs.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
(this list will give you 8 sets)
1 6' 4x4 pine board
Measuring tape
Pencil
Ruler
Combination square (not absolutely necessary, but nice to have)
Band saw or jig saw
Drill press or hand drill
Clamps
Forstner bit (size depends on what candles you buy)
Sander  
Candles
Stain or paint (whatever you want to use to decorate your candleholders)
Fire retardent spray 
 
 
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Step 1: CUT THE BOARD TO SIZE

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You can make these as big or as small as you like.  I cut the board into 3 sizes, 4.5", 3.5", and 2.5" with the radial arm saw.  This gave me 8 sets of blocks plus a bit of scrap in case I messed up.  

Step 2: DRAW THE HOUSE SHAPE

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Next step is to mark the house shape.  For the 2 larger sizes, I marked center and then used a combination square to make 45 degree angles.

For the smaller ones, I marked the center, drew a horizontal line, them connected the center mark to the outside marks.

Step 3: CUT OUT THE HOUSE SHAPE

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After I marked all the blocks, I used the band saw to cut out the house shape.  Try to get as close as possible to the lines that you drew, this will save you a lot of time sanding in the next step.   The smell of the pine when cutting all these really got me in the holiday spirit!
lordress1 year ago
great idea
thanks
this is simply beautiful! I need to get into my unis workshop again for this .love!<3
pat425861 year ago
Very nice, but if you bore your holes for the candles before cutting the top slopes, you'll be drilling into a flat surface, which is much safer, and you won't have any gouging or skipping. Just set the bit to stop 1/2 inch before the bottom of the piece.
Few Bits (author)  pat425861 year ago
I see what you mean, but I don't want the holes to go in that deep; if the candles went that far into the wood, they would char the wood before getting halfway down the candle and waste the candle. It's easier for me to gauge the depth after they are cut. When I clamped the houses tighter, I had no more gouging.
guyzo351 year ago
I absolutely loved this idea! I don't have as good a band saw, so I used three layers of 3/4" pine instead, and included a little compartment for matches as a custom flair.

My sister will love this, thank you for the inspiration!
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Few Bits (author)  guyzo351 year ago
I love the compartment for matches! Thank you for sharing this!
tewharau2 years ago
Thanks for this. Just made some & sent to my mother for Christmas. Cheers.
Few Bits (author)  tewharau2 years ago
Awww! Love to hear that.
azharz2 years ago
Very nicely done, i am also going to make it.
Few Bits (author)  azharz2 years ago
Thanks! I'd love to see photos when you're done.
Oh, how adorable. I think I'm going to need to make some. :D
Few Bits (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
Jessy, if you do, please send me pics!!
That is really cute and simple! I'm glad you decided to make them yourself; they look like great gifts :D
Few Bits (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
Thanks, Penelopy! I entered this into the "Holiday Gifts" Contest. Vote for me if you want :)