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I’m here today to share my project for the13 Days of Woodworking challenge – I’m day 11! The hashtag for today’s entry is #candlelit!


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Today I’m sharing a tutorial for these geometric candle holders!

This project is a little new for me, but wow, I’ve had so much fun!  Let’s get right to it, shall we?

Tools I used:
You can make the candle holders without electric tools, but they are much easier with!

Things you will need:

  • (1) 1″x 6″ x 8′ board – I used common pine
  • (4) 1.5″ x 6′ lattice strips
  • black paint (I used Rustoleum high gloss)
  • polyurethane or polyacrylic
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • wood glue
  • wood filler, if needed
  • sandpaper – 80 grit and 220 grit
  • measuring tape
  • a printed copy (print on 8″x11.5″ paper) of this template, pieces cut out
  • tealight candles (3)
Although you can make the bases any height, I’m going to be sharing the sizes I made. To change this, just make sure all sides of your eventual triangle are equal.
Make the bases:
My bases are 5.5″, 7.5″ and 9.5″ tall and were cut from the 1″ x 6″ board.
Step 1: Begin by cutting (3) boards from the 1″ x 6″ to your desired height for each base. Step 2: Set your miter or table saw to 30˚. Trim the sides of each base piece to 30˚. Step 3: Using the provided template, cut the center triangle (piece A) from 1×6. This piece will be used to hold the tealight candle. Step 4: Arrange the pieces, matching the edges by overlapping on each end, around the center triangle, ensuring proper fit, and that the center drops down 1/4″ from the top edge. Step 5: Glue together using a thin yet generous smear along connecting edge and secure with a brad nailer, ensuring the pieces are pressed tightly together. Wipe off any excess glue. Fill brad nail holes with wood filler. Step 6: Let glue and wood filler dry, then sand the base smooth to 220 grit. Repeat for all three bases, then paint the tallest base and half of the middle base in black.


Add embellishments:
Step 7: Cut the required pieces (pieces b – g) as outlined in the template from the lattice strips and print out a copy of the Embellishment Layout. Step 8: Paint 6 of piece b and 3 of piece c in black. Step 9: Assemble using glue (and brad nails where needed) as outlined in the Embellishment Layout. Step 9: Fill any holes with wood filler. Step 10: Sand any rough areas in embellishments and apply a clear polyurethane over the candles holders. Let dry. Step 11: Add candles. Make merry and enjoy!
I hope you’ll give this project a try! If you have any questions, let me know by leaving a comment below.
These candle holders would make a great gift idea this Christmas and fit nicely into a wide variety of decor styles. #onegiftdownamilliontogo
Thanks for stopping by! I’m off to tackle my gift list – wish me luck!
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