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My wife asked for a homemade votive candle holder for the holidays. Searching online, I found that the general design concept is a board with holes in a straight line. Since the desired design is for a holiday centerpiece on a table, I chose an octagon shape. We think it turned out very nice! My kids even gave it a "that's pretty cool" which is an upgrade over their comments on my previous projects :).

More Info / Build Instructions: https://www.instructables.com/id/Birds-Mouth-Voltive-Candle-Holder/
 

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Cool design the way it all fits together. The prominent wood grain really has a nice effect.
 

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We're impressed here in So Cal. (... and Merry Christmas, by the way). It is 5:00 AM, and my spouse just finished with the stockings, so I showed her your work. She is like your kids - more impressed than when I usually show her clever designs in Woodworking Talk.

She did ask if you had glued it up and I said yes. She said, "I might have left it in separate pieces to make it easy to store for next year."

P.S. How did you cut and smooth the square cuts? With a bandsaw? A table saw? A hand saw?
 

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We're impressed here in So Cal. (... and Merry Christmas, by the way). It is 5:00 AM, and my spouse just finished with the stockings, so I showed her your work. She is like your kids - more impressed than when I usually show her clever designs in Woodworking Talk.

She did ask if you had glued it up and I said yes. She said, "I might have left it in separate pieces to make it easy to store for next year."

P.S. How did you cut and smooth the square cuts? With a bandsaw? A table saw? A hand saw?
Thank you. I actually like her idea about leaving it in pieces since it will be a little awkward to store. As for the build, I included more info on the instructables link (https://www.instructables.com/id/Birds-Mouth-Voltive-Candle-Holder/) but in short, I set the table saw blade to 45 degrees and ran two passes. I then sliced it into 1" thick sections.
 

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Thank you. I actually like her idea about leaving it in pieces since it will be a little awkward to store. As for the build, I included more info on the instructables link [...] but in short, I set the table saw blade to 45 degrees and ran two passes. I then sliced it into 1" thick sections.
I was scratching my head to figure out how you could make them on a table saw without dealing with the problem of a curved blade. Now I understand. You gave a perfect explanation. Thank you.

(... and after I posted this, I looked at the Instructable link. I should have looked there first and could have saved you the time. Thanks again.)
 

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I was scratching my head to figure out how you could make them on a table saw without dealing with the problem of a curved blade. Now I understand. You gave a perfect explanation. Thank you.

(... and after I posted this, I looked at the Instructable link. I should have looked there first and could have saved you the time. Thanks again.)
No problem. BTW, I've used the same technique on 2 other projects.
http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f13/birds-mouth-hollow-spar-planter-pallets-128441/
http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f13/2x4-side-table-121778/

I understand the design was original used on ships.
 
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