I thought this geometric candle holder would be an easy project. It really wasn’t all that hard, but it did take some patience. I think you will really like how this geometric candle holder turned out.
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Use a stop block to get equal measurements
I used a 1x6 pine board, cutting it into squares. To keep all the lengths the same I clamped a scrap piece of wood to my compound miter saw . This is called a stop block. It’s really easy to do when you use a quick clamp.
Materials needed to make a wooden geometric candle holder
- Three foot 1x6 pine board
- Gorilla Wood Glue
- Glue brush
- Hand Saw (I used a flush cutting double edged saw)
- Sandpaper (I used an orbital sander)
- Paddle bit
- Sealer or stain (I used wipe-on poly)
- Latex gloves
- Soft cloth
Apply wood glue
Use an ample amount of the Gorilla wood glue to the first block of wood.
Silicone Glue Brush
A silicone glue brush makes quick work of spreading the wood glue from edge to edge on the block of wood. Continue with each block of wood. You can make your geometric candle holder as tall as you would like.
Clamp blocks of wood to make a geometric candle holder
When the wooden blocks are clamped, there will be some ooze. You don’t want to clamp your blocks so tight that all of the glue seeps out. I use baby wipes to remove beads of glue prior to it setting up.
Secure block of wood to work table
There’s not right or wrong way to design your geometric candle holder. After clamping the blocks of wood to my work table, I proceeded to use the flush cut saw to make my first cut. It’s best to start sawing with the blade straight up. Once you have a slot in the wood, angle your blade so that your cut will be on a slant.
Keep your flush cut saw blade on an angle
It wasn’t long before I learned to not cut this way. I was working harder, not smarter.
The hand saw will do the work for you if you keep it on an angle as opposed to cutting straight across the wooden blocks. I honestly didn’t think I was going to complete this project during the first angle cut.
Sand wooden geometric candle holder
As I said, you can cut/design your geometric candle holder however you want. I really had no idea of what I would do until I was finished. The hand saw leaves the block of wood in a really rough state. I used 150 grit sandpaper on the orbital sander on ALL sides to smooth out the wood.
Which way is up?
Here is the wooden candle holder sanded all smooth. Now it’s time to make a decision on which end is up. I prefer the pretty pattern of the end grain showing. Top and Bottom Left
Mark top of candle holder for drilling
X marks the spot! I randomly marked the spaces for three holes to hold taper candles.
Paddle bit holes for taper candles
The packaging said the candles were 1”. I first drilled a one inch hole using a paddle bit in a scrap piece of wood. It was a little too large, so I went with a 15/16 bit. You could also use a forstner bit. I only have one size and it is for tea light candles. You can see the log candle holder I made in my post How to Make a Tea Light Log Candle Holder.
Wipe-on poly seals wooden candle holder
Usually I prefer dark stain, but I just wanted to bring out the details of the wood with a clear sealer. Wipe-on poly was the easiest choice to finish off this geometric candle holder. Even though it’s water based and easy clean up, I like to use latex gloves.
You can see my inspiration for this project from Orly Shani on Hallmark. I love all of her projects!
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.