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Sometimes, projects that look quite challenging at first glance are really the simplest of projects when it comes right down to actually building them. And that's the case with the two sets of candle holders shown on these pages.

Each of the candle holders you see starts out as a square block of hardwood that's been cut to rough size. Then to create the unique look, you make curved cuts on the band saw and glue in the accent

NOTE: Use template to locate strips

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k Varying the heights and adding intersecting accent strips across the grain provides a different look for the square candle holders shown above

How-To: Routing a Hole for a Candle

To hold the candles in place, you'll need to add a large counterbore into the top of each holder. To do this, I used a hand-held router, a routing jig, and a dado clean-out bit.

The jig is a scrap of hardboard with a 3Vs"-dia. hole cut in it. To position the jig, there's a hardwood frame (left drawing). Routing the hole is just a matter of setting the jig in place and making a VV'-deep cut with a dado clean-out bit (see page 49 for sources). After routing around the edge of the hole, nibble away at the remaining waste.

FINAL DETAILS. Once the shaping is complete, you can sand the curves smooth. Then drill a %"-dia. hole in the top of each holder for the brass insert that will securely hold a slim taper candle, as in Fig. 3.

All that's left to do at this point is apply a finish. I rubbed in a few coats of oil. And when the oil was dry, I glued a felt pad to the bottom of each candle holder.

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