Make your own log candles


Add a natural glow to your table setting with these rustic candle holders

 

You will need
logs, from a selection at One Man & His Log
PWB 600 workbench, Bosch
saw
PSB 18 LI-2 Ergonomic drill, Bosch
16-piece forstner bit set, Screwfix
PSM 10,8 LI cordless multi-sander, Bosch
sand paper
tealight candles

 

Directions

1 Begin by selecting your logs and cutting them to size. We decided to use 7 logs in our centrepiece, and cut them all to slightly different heights between 1.5cm and 20cm. Clamp each one tightly in a vice or workbench and use a hand or jigsaw to cut them to size.

Step 1


2 Cut the holes for the candles. Using a 41mm forstner bit, drill down centrally into one cut end of each log by around 1.5cm. A good way to measure the depth you cut is to mark it on the outside of the drill bit using a small piece of tape or a dab of paint or nail polish.


Step 2


3 Sand the logs. We chose to use an electric sander to smooth the top and bottom of each log, then used a piece of sand paper to handsmooth the inside of the candle holes. Use a damp cloth to remove any dust then assemble the candle holders on your table and place a tealight into each one.


Step 3

Top tip

You can also use a hole saw bit and chisel to create your holes, though it will be harder to achieve a smooth finish.


Photos: Lizzie Orme 






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