First and foremost - this Instructable is more or less an adaptation of a turning project posted by Carl Jacobson on his YouTube channel
. If you're interested in wood turning, I highly recommend checking out his work. I spend a pretty embarrassing amount of my time watching wood turning videos online, and his are some of the best I've seen.
Here's the video
from Carl's channel that I worked off of to plan and turn my own tea light candle holder. If you want to make one of your own, you can probably stop reading now and just watch the video.
Still reading? Ok. My main objective for this project was to learn to use a chuck on the lathe and to try some inside chisel work (on the spice jars I made
, I mounted using a waste block and used forstner bits to do the hollowing). Success on both counts.
Total time planning, scratching my head, and drinking coffee = approximately six hours
Total time on the lathe = probably an hour
This relatively quick and easy turning project yields a candle holder that I think is pretty and professional looking enough to make people think your way more of an expert wood turner than you really are, which is cool.
I made it at TechShopwww.techshop.ws