Candle Holder With Decorative Inlay



About: I attempt to build things. Sometimes I even succeed.

I made this for my wife's PartyLite candles. It is made of some Red Oak I had lying around with some walnut for a (this time intentional) decorative inlay. It is an easy, quick project, and the Danish Oil finish really lets the wood pop with its natural color.

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Step 1: Cut the The Parts

  • I chose Red Oak for the main pieces and Walnut for the inlay.
  • Cut the base out 3/4 inch thick wood to a size of 5 1/2 inches by 4 inches.
  • Cut the top also out of 3/4 inch thick wood to 2 1/4 inches to 2 3/4 inches.
  • Cut a 1 1/2 inch length out of 1 1/2 inch by 1 1/2 inch wood for the pedestal.

Step 2: Drill Hole for Candle

  • Connect the diagonals o the top to find the center.
  • Use a 1 1/2 inch Forstner Bit.
  • Set the depth to 1/2 inch.
  • Drill the hole.

Step 3: Create Decorative Inlay in Base

  • Put a 1/4 inch straight bit in the router table.
  • Set the fence to the groove will be 1/4 inch from the edge on the base.
  • Set the depth of the groove to 1/8 inch.
  • Carefully run each edge through the router.
  • Cut the inlay material into 1/4 inch wide strips.
  • Cut the inlays for the long sides overlong.
  • If they are slightly too wide for the grooves, sand them until they fit.
  • Glue the long sides in.
  • For the shorter ends, hold the piece in place, mark the length with a knife, and cut it using a miter box.
  • Use some of the ends for the other short sections on inlay.
  • When dry, cut off the excess.
  • Sand the inlay flush with the surface.

Step 4: Chamfer the Edges

  • Insert a 45 degree chamfer bit into the router table.
  • Chamfer all edges on the pedastal.
  • Chamfer the long edges of the base and top.

Step 5: Sanding

  • Sand all the parts to at least 120 grit.
  • Sanding the the most fun! (or not).

Step 6: Assembly

  • Mark the location of the pedestal on the base.
  • Glue and clamp the pedestal to the base.
  • After it is dry, drill two 1 1/2 inch holes in the base into the pedestal.
  • Glue 1/4 inch dowels into the holes to reinforce the joint.
  • Glue and clamp the top to the pedestal.
  • After it is dry, drill a a 1 inch hole through the center.
  • Glue a 1/4 dowel into the hole.
  • When all is dry, trim any excess dowel.

Step 7: Finish

  • Remove the dust with and vacuum and/or tack cloth.
  • Rub in two coats of Danish Oil finish.
  • Apply a coat of wax.

Step 8: Conclusion

Add a candle and enjoy!

Free plans are available in SketchUp and PDF formats.

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