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 TechShop

Step 1: Materials and Equipment

The materials I used...

- a 5X5X3 block of osage orange I payed something like $14 for at Rockwell (looking to find a better source for stock material on future turning projects)
- large size tea light candles from IKEA. (diameter = 2 1/4'', 9 hour burn time)
- pharmaceutical mineral oil (from Walgreens)
- clear paste wax (Treewax brand)
- sandpaper up to 600 grit
- paper towels

The equipment I used...

- Bandsaw (Tech Shop's)
- Powermatic 4224B Wood Lathe (TS's)
- Barracuda 2 Key Chuck System (TS's)
- Harbor Freight Chisel Set (TS's)
- Robert Sorby 3/8'' Bowl Gouge (my very own)

Great job Adam, and thank you so much for the kind words.
<p>Lovely glad you didn't laser engrave it. Now I want a lathe. :-) I already make my own candles. That's the easy bit though. :-)</p>
<p>idk about that - wood turning isn't all that difficult! maybe the toughest step is getting access to the tools. in the meantime, you should write up an instructable about candle making :)</p>
Beautiful simplistically
<p>Ive never had a problem with tea lights burning the wood, so long as the molten wax is not spilt.</p><p><a href="http://www.redbubble.com/people/bigandred/works/11047033-eucalyptus-candle-holder" rel="nofollow">http://www.redbubble.com/people/bigandred/works/11...</a></p><p>sample of my tealight candle holders.</p>
<p>Very nice work. Simple, elegant, nice design I do like it.</p><p>Just a heads up. I had two 10 hr tea lights sitting on a block of wood, first burn went fine, second burn not so good. The first burn dried out the block and the second burn the block court fire. I think some of the sap in the wood vaporized and court fire. I was very lucky I did not burn my house down. So please do not leave unattended. JIM </p>
<p>Thanks Jim, and thanks for your concern. I will make sure to only burn candles in this holder while I'm around to put out potential fires.</p>
<p>nice result for this candle holder.</p><p>roughing gouge for rough turning at start is correct, bowl gouge or spindle gouge can be used on the out side and forstner bit OK to do hole for candle. I wouldn't be using skew on this at all. </p><p>I make plenty of tea light candle holders and cut branchs to length, drill the hole in top with forstner bit to the right size on bench drill before going to lathe, that way I can do many at same time. fit on lathe between face plate and center to shape.</p><p>dont bother putting finish on till after sanding dry to 320, seal wood then 400 and oil.</p><p>to stop 'dig ins' always rub the bevel.</p>
<p>thanks for the tips! will pay more attention to watching the bevel on my next project.</p>
<p>Sorry to be negative but, wood plus a naked candle flame is NOT to be recommended! Somewhat of a fire hazard!</p>
<p>Nice Instructable but I'd advise you to never use a spindle roughing gouge for bowl turning. It has a very wide open flute that can catch spectacularly (and dangerously) on a bowl. Better to use a bowl gouge for the roughing.</p>
<p>Thanks for the heads up, fasaxc. I was under the impression that using a bowl gouge was only important for hollowing, but further internet research confirms that I should be using a bowl gouge for the outside of projects like this too.</p>
<p>Skew chisels work for the outside. Scrapers work for the inside. the preferred tool for insides is a fingernail profile gouge, but I like EZ wood tools too. Just nothing that can catch, which is the point of the fingernail profile. Corners are bad on the insides.<br>Look into Oland tools. You can make them yourself, certainly with a techshop to play with.</p>
<p>Thanks for the info Mugsy. Checking out Oland tools now - very cool! <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Gouge-for-a-Lathe-the-good-and-cheap-way-Oland-To/" rel="nofollow">https://www.instructables.com/id/Gouge-for-a-Lathe-the-good-and-cheap-way-Oland-To/</a> </p>
<p>Awesome job! :)</p>

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