Introduction: Applewood Candle Holder Centrepiece
I made a candle holder centerpiece out of an applewood log, I thought it would be a fun project for American Thanksgiving.
While I know that we all want to spend this time with family and others who we maybe haven’t seen as much as we would like this summer, please be safe!
- Drill press or hand drill
- Forstner Bit 1 9/16th or 40mm
- Hand saw or mitre saw
- A bandsaw ( optional )
Step 1: Sizing and Dimensionsing
I first started off selecting an Applewood branch that I had pruned a few years ago, the bark had been removed over time so the wood was left aged and a bit cracked. Perfect for a centerpiece.
After roughly cutting the log to size I used a 1 2 3 block to mark the bottom after determining what I wanted to be the top.
I did this to both ends of the log, I then used a string connecting both lines to make sure that the bottom would look nice.
In order for me to cut the bottom off of the log, I needed to build a quick jig which served to safely hold the log still while passing it through the band saw.
Step 2: Flattening the Bottom
The next step was to clean up and flatten the bottom, this was done with a hand plane but would easily be done carefully using a jointer.
Once the log sat good and flat I trimmed the ends of the log making sure to remove any of the screw holes used to hold the log in the jig.
Step 3: Dividing the Log
I measured the total length of the log and needing 6 candles divided by 7.
A trick here if you want to divide something by a specific number of holes drilled is to add one extra.
Needing 6 I divided by 7.
Step 4: Drilling Holes and Making Mistakes
Using a Forstner bit 1 9/16ths or 40mm I drilled my holes approximately 5/8ths or 15mm deep.
Pro Tip, Do not try to redrill a hole while the drill is running! I ended up catching an edge and munching the side.
Now that I have converted my 6 candle holder into a 5 candle holder, we are done!
Step 5: Done!
I choose not to do any sanding because my cross-cut blade leaves a very nice finish and I didn’t want to alter the natural wood but you could always apply a natural finish if you think it might enhance the look.