Step 4: Drilling Holes

Decide how many candles you want. Here you can see it with 3, and then 2. I went with 3.

For any odd number of candles measure to the middle, and place a mark, this is where you will drill for the middle candle.

The rest of the marks are a little harder to explain, but you want an equal distance between the edges of your candles, not between centers, so you will need to know the radius of your drill bit. Then draw it around your drill mark with a compass. Now you can measure from the edge. Position the remaining candles equal distances apart, and mark for holes.

Or make a jig from scrap material, like I used for the firewood piece. First Drill a hole in a board for the jig, then move the edge of your jig to the edge of where you just drilled, and drill a hole through the hole in the jig. Keep moving it up, then cut off the end when you can't make any more holes.

Drill Bit: The most expensive part of this project was the forstner bit, at around $30cdn, But its worth it to buy a quality tool. You can make lots more candle holders. I even have a few other projects that use the same bit.

I found that a 1 1/2" forstner bit was the largest home depot sells, but this only fits the tea light, without the cup.
If you want to fit the cup (which I suggest, so you don't set fire to the candle holder, or have a waxy mess to scrape out) you will need a bigger size, which I found at and old school hardware store, Preston Hardware in Ottawa. They gave me a 1 5/8" which fits the cup.

*Note- All tea lights are not created equal. Mine are from IKEA. I found some others that are smaller, and may fit into a 1 1/2" hole. Check what candles you have or can get before you buy a bit.

If you have a drill press, this will be much easier. You can set the depth stop for the size of a candle. Then just start making wood chips. A hand drill would work ok, but clamp your piece securely, and make sure you drill straight.

<p>Thanks Sam! I made a pair of Hers &amp; Hers for a Wedding.</p>
<p>I used instruction from http://woodprix.com to make it </p>
I made a different version
Thanks Sam. I was bored and out of wood to build stuff. But I had some chunks of tree I was saving for a friend to use for her guinea pig toys.
<p>That turned out really nice. Love the dark vein in the wood.</p>
I like to see young people interested in doing this sort of thing, but a old mans word of caution, if I'm correct I see in your video that you are passing a piece of wood over an upturned electric planer, your fingers are so close to the high speed rotating blades, not such a good idea, be safe and try and keep all of your fingers so that you can enjoy doing nice projects in the future
How old are you, no offense you look young (around 14-22) just wondering because your lucky to have a nice workshop like that.
Thanks. I love my shop, and yes I'm fairly young. I guess the difference between most people and me is that they spend money on games, or mp3 players, etc.. but I spend money on tools. Being a good dumpster diving scrounger doesn't hurt either!
Gah! Finally someone that understands! I thought I was the only one that perfered a new Dremel over Call of Duty..
You're not alone on that!
omg yes. i dont understand all the rage about video games. i mean i play them occasianaly but i would much rather have a new tool that will last me 10-15 years ratehr than a video game that becomes out dated after 6 months
I'm jealous of your shop............. and your tools<br /> <br /> Awesome instructabe man.<br /> <br /> <br /> ROCK&nbsp;ON!<br />
i have an equal budget for both, like ima buy a new multimeter
haha, I love it. I'd be somewhat the same if I had money, lol. But I love the shop! I'm trying to clean out the garage, and make that my shop. Also, my Dad just went out of bussiness :( and now works on salary (for someone else) and he was throwing out a bunch of stuff I was able to grab. I was to late to get the 3/4 plywood though. I wanted it so bad, It was some cherry, maple, oak, and some other nice ones I cant remember. although they were scrap, they averaged at a size of at least 4 feet x 4-5 feet damn, that woulda started my hobby.
Damn! - that was going to be my second 'ible! - exellent job and nicer than what I had planned to be honest.
Nice, we used to make these in my high school woodshop out of oak slabs. This design looks even better. Great work
i just made something like this! and now i just found this one. i made mine with a pine branch though because theres alot of snow so i couldent go out and get a nice oak or maple log. but the pine works. my pine log was a little wet/fresh though so i put 3 coats of shellac to seal it.
OK, I'm going to sound like a ninny here, but I gotta relate a story.<br/><br/>I had a brass-rimmed, wooden candleholder that I used as a nightlight at a historical event onceuponatime. A friend of mine was crashed for the night, and I went out to the campfire outside, and forgot about the candle.<br/><br/>Came back hours later to discover the candleholder was now completely turned to charcoal. Had it been sitting on something flammable (like a wooden table), who knows? I *never* thought that the candle, retained by the metal insert, would catch a fire like that. Could have killed my friend with my stupidity... &lt; shudder &gt; <br/><br/>So, ever since, I've scrupulously avoided candle holders made of wood. The fact that the tealights are retained by thin metal obviously doesn't matter to me.<br/><br/>Preaching over with. Please be careful.<br/>
I agree, a wooden candlestick is a great way to burn down your house, even with the aluminium. Those things gets HOT if you forget them and let them burn down. Perhaps some sort of glass lining would be a good addition?
You could drill the holes a little bigger then needed and add your own 'aluminum cap' in the wood with a little spike to keep the candle in place. Almost like an 'extra' safety preventer.
I guess I should add: the wooden candleholder *did* have a metal insert to hold the candle. Amazingly, the wood caught fire, anyway.<br><br>I never would have believed it would have happened, but it did.<br><br>NO WOODEN CANDLEHOLDERS FOR ME. No exceptions.
Yea. But maybe a teacup for the teacup candle would work, something made of Glass or Aluminum. Definitly thicker then the teacup candle's barrier.
Just get a larger bit (you can use a spade bit which is cheaper and runs larger, since the finish won't matter) and then line the larger inside with something that insulates, like ceramic or glass. Probably the easiest way to find something like that is to cannibalize an existing tealight holder. A thick piece of wood with a ceramic insert and a tealight lined in metal will NOT ever burn.
&nbsp;Love the shop, currently trying to expand mine. &nbsp;Very impressed with the project and especially your using the jack plane
Using youtube is nice for illustrating techniques, but remember, people who have javascript turned off, or refuse to install flash, people who live in UAE or Qatar, (or several other countries where youtube is blocked for political reasons), people browsing from work (whose IT department has youtube filtered) cannot see the videos at all. The very least you could do is put in some descriptive text for those who just see a blank white page. (like me!)
I experience the same problems with youtube being blocked at my school.. there are a few workarounds, but I won't get into that here. My Instructable was intended to be usable without the videos, as I did include many pictures, and also text. That said, on the next one I'll try to make it more universally accessible!
Still great job.&nbsp; I followed what you did and I also stained the top side of my wood.&nbsp; Looks great. <br />
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great for power outages
This would be a great project for a beginning carpenter. It's not too complicated, doesn't require lots of tools, and teaches some fundamentals of woodworking (sanding, planing, finishing, etc). Something a dad and son can bond over. Of course, when I was a beginner, I ended up with so many nails sticking out of my projects that I'm surprised I didn't get tetanus. Too bad I'm in school / it's getting cold, otherwise I'd start writing up some projects I've been meaning to.
Thanks! Although I haven't contributed much to instructables lately due to other commitments, nice comments like this make me want to get back in the swing of things, and crank out some more instructables! You should definitely write up those projects you've been meaning to do.. Cheers!
Very good use of the material that you had, it cam out really nice. I can smell the candles now. Great job.
Nice. Cheap, pretty and simple. Gets my + sign How's about gluing some strips of different coloured woods together neatly to make a stripy one?
Thanks! I like the stripy idea. I might try that out, when I get some time...
Probably cheaper to buy candles to match your bit than the other way around. :)
I <em>really</em> like the finished look of your candle holder. And this is a great Instructable too! Nice use of video: if a picture is worth 1000 words and you're shooting film at 32 frames/second... (: I was going to suggest lightly editing the film but if your money goes towards tools for your shop, it should stay that way. I hope to see more!<br/>
Hey, thanks. thats really appreciated. In future videos, hopefully my shop will be a little cleaner, so the video will be more clear. The candle holder hasn't caught fire yet, and we've been through one set of candles already.. maybe PetervG wasn't being sarcastic.. who knows.. Your lamp is really nice.. lamps are popular projects. I think I'm going to make one.. I've had a couple of ideas already..
Wooden candle holders. . smart.
This from a guy who posts fireworks Instructables...? I guess it was a strange brand of humor.
so thats what you were making for your mom!! you wanna come over and embed a gun safe in my wall?? possible cement it permanently... thatd be sick
nice project. Your bike chain needs some oil. It looks kinda rusted.
oops.. Looks like I posted one of the vids twice. There are actually 3 videos
Also: Beautiful project!
That came out really nice, BUT, remove all loose clothing or jewelry when wood working, the strings on your hoodie are just begging to catch on something and pull you face first into a power tool..
thanks. I'm glad you pointed that out. I only saw how bad that could have been when I watched the video!