Advent candle holder
This project started out with Rachel wanting to buy a pewter advent candle holder for about $130. And I didn't think it even looked that nice. But it was Friday, and the first of advent was just two days away, so I had to come up with something quick.
I drew something up in SketchUp that I figured would be fairly quick to make.
I used my bigprint program to print a 1:1 top view of the main ring, four times, then cut those out and pasted them onto a piece of 2x6 lumber. 2x4 would have been wide enough but I didn't have a 2x4 handy.
My initial idea was to cut it out as two halves, which would be much simpler, but that would rely too much on cross-grain strength of the wood, so it would be quite breakable. So I opted for four segments instead.
I clamped a piece of lumber to my belt sander table to provide a right angle stop, which helped to square up and flatten the ends where the segments join.
I could sand some of the concave curves with the roller of my 6x48 belt sander
I had to swap in the convex platen on my strip sander to do the other concave curves. This is the first time I used that convex platen in over two years, mostly because I also made a convex platen clip that attaches to the flat platen, but for these pieces, that clip would have been too bulky to get in the corners.
At this point I realized that the main ring looked a bit too bulky.
I made a floating tenon to fit in the slot mortises. I made it to exactly fit the slot mortises, but then I realized the slot mortises were not exactly in the center of the faces laterally, so I had to make the tenon piece a tiny bit narrower to give it a bit of slack for lining things up.
The candles were about half a millimeter too large for the holes I drilled, so I drilled a hole on the edge of a piece of wood to make a sort of candle-resizer, which worked like a pencil sharpener. It didn't work as elegantly as I hoped, but it got the job done.
And here it is with the candles. Those candles are perhaps a bit too long for it, though I didn't want to make the candle holder any wider either. I bought some other candles from the dollar store for a tenth of the price of the beeswax candles and cut them to length, just to get a better thumbnail for YouTube.
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