Salvaged wood candle holder

I have some small pieces of salvaged lumber from a porch that was built in the late 1800s—still had the old square nails. They are almost to small for any project I had in mind. However, I didn’t like the idea of delegating them to the firewood pile. After a long career in architecture they deserved better. This little project was simple and gives these old timer’s some new life.

Drill, sand, wax, pop in a couple of votive candles and here is what you get. (The wax is Swilley’s all-natural beeswax.

Oh, this ended up as part of a gift exchange at the office I am currently freelancing at. If you burn down your house Aaron, don’t call me.

Salvaged from a late 1800s porch.

Salvaged from a late 1800s porch.

After cutting the pieces down and measuring hole placement, it is time to drill the holes with a forstner bit.

After cutting the pieces down and measuring hole placement, it is time to drill the holes with a forstner bit. Then sand it down. Just enough to give the grain some new shine while keeping the old saw marks and other scars.

Applying the beeswax rub.

After some finer sanding I apply the beeswax rub. (Who’s gonna be the one to make a “rubbin’ your wood” joke? I have people in mind.)

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Half coated.

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2 coats later and 2 candles later, this guy has a new function in life.

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2 responses to “Salvaged wood candle holder

  1. he was half coated when he rubbed his wood..drill sand wax pop

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