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How to Build a Wooden Candle Holder

How to Build a Candle Holder

See how you can turn a few bucks' worth of material into your dinner table's center of attention with just a couple simple tools. It is easy to do and barely takes any time.


Date: Feb 22, 2011

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1. Start by cutting your 4x4 post to the desired length.

2. Next, find the center of the post and mark it.

3. Space holes at least 2" apart. (Personal preference, I but wouldn't measure them too close together.)

4. Drill evenly spaced holes across the top with a 2" Forstner bit. (Note: We're using 2" votives so I match the size of the bit to the votive base.)

5. Tape the desired stencil to the side and make sure the stencil is flat on your work piece.

6. Apply drywall compound to the stencil, making sure to remove any excess.

7. Remove stencil immediately, or it'll stay glued to your centerpiece!

8. Wait to dry, then paint or stain the piece.

9. Add handles by cutting 2 6" strips of leather and attaching them to the sides with nails.

10. Use tea glass candles to fit the holes and then light them for illumination.

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