Project:Tree Trunk Tealights
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Tealight Holders out of Birch Logs
|Status:||about 40 made, now documenting|
|Release Date:||spring 2018|
|Materials Used:||birch logs, coconut oil, steel tealight cups, tealights|
|Tools Used:||chop saw (and crosscut saw where too thick),|
drill press & Forstner bit, eccentric sander, sandpaper
documentation unfinished, please just ask if you have urgent questions ;-)
I made a bunch of tealight holders out of birch trunks as a wedding decoration and will now work on turning this project into a woodworking seminar for beginners.
- from Bauhaus, very wet!
- better cut & dry in advance next time??
- risk of mold forming at the cut faces...
- steel holders from <smile link>
- "eco" tealights without aluminum cases <smile link>
Need to test whether this can be sped up - drilling into the wet wood was very difficult! Lots of unforeseen mold problems..
- cut with chop saw - log often too thick for the small Herkules saw...switch to bandsaw next time?
- sand cut faces with eccentric sander
- let dry - continue & seal ends immediately next time?
- drill with 1-5/8" Forstner bit
- let dry/seal again so the bottom of the hole is protected
- insert steel holder before the log shrinks too much!
the logs were often too thick for our (then) available power saws and needed to be finished off by hand with a crosscut saw