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How to Make a Candle Holder with a Decorative Inlay, on Purpose Even

How to Make a Candle Holder with a Decorative Inlay, on Purpose Even


Can I make a candle holder with a decorative inlay? Unlike in the past, the inlay is intentional. I cut a scrap of 3/4 inch red oak I had into the base of 5 1/2 by 4 inches. I cut another scrap of red oak to 2 1/4 by
2 3/4 for the top of the holder. I connected the diagonals to find the center,
and drilled an 1 1/2 inch hole on the drill press. I used a 1/4 inch straight bit on the router
table to cut grooves for inlays in the top. The top came out a mangled mess. Time to try
again. I didn’t have anymore oak wide enough so I
cut and edge glued some narrower stock together. Being more careful this time, I cut the grooves
for the inlays in the base. Then I cut a strip off a piece of walnut I
was given, and then I cut it to 1/4 inch wide. Using the miter box, I cut a piece over sized
for the long side of the base inlay. It was a little too wide, so I sand it down
until it fit, and glued it in the groove. When it came to making the pieces for the
short sides that go between the long pieces, I held it in place and marked it with a knife,
cut, and glued it in the groove. I glued some of the excess pieces for the ends of the short
sides. While that dried, I cut the edge glued new
top down to size. I used the edge joit sled to do the second crosscut because it was too
small to do confortably. A crosscut sled is something I need to make. I also ripped it
from both sides to keep the seam in the middle. No inlay for the top this time. I just used
a chamfer bit on the inside of the hole. I cut the excess inlay material with a small
saw. For a pedestal l, I cut an 1 3/4 inch length
from a 1 1/2 by 1 1/2 red oak. I sanded the inlay flush with the surface. I used the chamfer bit on all the long edges
on the top and bottom, and all the edges of the pedestal. Sanding is such sweet sorrow. I marked where on the base I wanted the pedestal,
and glued and clamped it in place. Since the pedestal was end grain, I glued
in some 1/4 inch dowel to reinforce the joint. It was probably overkill for this project. I glued and clamped the top on, the put a
dowel in the center. I cut the dowels flush with the bottom, and
more sanding. I cleaned the dust with a vacuum and a tack
cloth, then used a Danish oil finish and a coat of wax If you would like to build this candle holder, free plans are available at my web site cankenmakeit.com See the link in the description. You can join an exclusive club if you like my Facebook page or follow me on Twitter. I post project previews and silly nonsense, not necessarily that order. If this is your first time here, please subscribe so you won’t miss any future videos. If you enjoyed this video, please like it and share it with your friends. If you didn’t enjoy this video, please share it with someone who doesn’t light up your life.

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