Cut, drill, and display. Make these candleholders and use them anywhere in your home.
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These candleholders are a set of simply cut blocks of wood that are drilled and then cut to final angled height. When you cut the parts , you reveal the dramatic arch, and your skills.
You can even customize your holders. These holders are designed to hold LED rechargeable votives available from a variety of craft stores. These votives may vary in height and diameter. When drilling a hole for a candle, select a bit as close as possible to the actual candle diameter. Bits typically come in 1/8-inch increments. This project is not intended for use with standing-flame candles.
Cut a 2-1/2-in square x 36-in long oak board into the lengths of the individual holders (Candle Stand Project Diagram). For a traditional candle display, cut the center holder to 6-1/2 inches tall (E). For the menorah the taller center holder (F) is 8 inches tall (Photo 1).
On the top of each candleholder, mark an X by drawing a line from corner to corner -- this will mark where the center of the block, where the holes are to be drilled.
On the side of the holders, draw a line to indicate the bottom of the holes to be drilled, then with the aid of a carpenter's square, draw the cut angle at the top of each holder (Photo 2).
Clamp the holders to a work surface. For a hand-held drill, clamp the blocks horizontally and drill into the end, holding the bit parallel to the workbench. Adjust the hole depth for each pair of holders to keep the bottom of the holes consistent across the display.
The fibers are tough to cut and drill in the end of a block of wood. Apply steady pressure, but back the pressure off the bit every 1/8 inch of depth to reduce the heat buildup and keep your bits sharp. Mark your bit with a piece of masking tape to ensure the holes are drilled to a consistent depth.
After drilling the holes, cut the angled tops on the holders; set a miter saw to the angles for each holder (Photo 3).
Always drill holes into a square surface and then cut the angle, if your project allows. This prevents the drill from skidding across the work and makes it easier to drill holes straight and to the proper depth.
Sand the wood with a 150-grit sanding sponge, and then apply a stain or paint of your choosing. For a stained finish, apply the stain and allow it to dry following the manufacturer's instructions, then apply two coats of satin polyurethane following the manufacture's instructions. For a painted finish, apply primer and allow to dry, then sand smooth, and apply two coats of paint for a durable finish. After allowing the paint to dry for 72 hours, we applied an accent color to the lower 2 inches of each holder. Use newspaper and painter's tape to mask off the top portion of the holders. For our painted finish, we used spray paint for ease of application.
Using a Drill Press
Want to make the project easier? Take advantage of a handy tool every project builder should have - a drill press. We chose an affordable bench-top model that can handle almost all drilling needs. A drill press takes the guessing out of the drilling depth and the angle of the hole. When set up according to the manufacturer's instructions, the tool drills straight holes to a precise depth every time.