Contemporary candle holder


Have you started making Christmas gifts yet? The countdown is on. I think the key is to make simple projects, ones that can be made in a day.

I set out to make something for Thanksgiving Day, prowled through my scrap bin, and ended up making a simple Christmas gift. Lots of ways you could enhance this candle holder, but here’s the basic construction.

What are you working on? Send me pictures of your gift ideas!  zrammedia (at) gmail (dot) com.


  1. You know those branches that are too small to process into decent timber? I saw them into short lengths, make parallel ends and drill a tea-light-size socket in one end. Rustic candlesticks R Us. Made dozens of them one year out of a dead cherry tree and now just about everyone I know has a couple of them. (Damnation! Didn’t think about the Christmas idea. Would have been a cheap one.)

  2. Hi Steve – I’m about to dive in and make a couple of these… can you tell me, did you use epoxy on the edge lap joints, and/or to glue the darker pieces on? I always worry about the strength of the glue joint if the lap joint isn’t that snug… which mine often are not… and on any joint with such a small contact area… I’m assuming no mechanical fasteners?… Thanks, cheers.

  3. My joints were not snug at all…in fact they were really crappy. But I just used yellow wood glue: pretty much what I use for everything.

    I have found that on small projects, you don’t even need to clamp it. Just squish it together and it holds really firmly. Wood glue is totally amazing. Of course this project isn’t going to be subjected to a lot of stress…but I’d bet it would still be hard for me to break it apart.

  4. Thanks, that’s reassuring… I use wood glue (Titebond III) for most things as well, but I get a little nervous in situations like this… epoxy’s a wee bit fussier, but it’s great at filling gaps… sounds like I’m covered either way though, thanks…


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