First of all I did a rough sketch of my idea on paper. Than I designed the templates of my holder in illustrator.
I used 20mm plywood for this project.
I glued the templates on the plywood using prey adhesive.
I then cut out all the pieces on my bandsaw.
Using my belt sander I removed all the saw marks.
For difficult to reach areas, I used a sanding block. Just a scrap piece of wood, on which I glued a piece of sandpaper with carpet tape.
I clamped my router on my vise. I used a round over bit and rounded all the edges of my pieces.
All the parts of the piece are connected with a 16mm oak dowel. I used my drill press and a spade bit to drill the holes that receive the dowel.
I then used a 40mm forstner bit to drill the holes for the candles.
I cut the dowel to size on my bandsaw. I used my drill press as a lathe, to sand the edge of the dowel.
I used WD40 to remove the templates from the pieces.
I finished the piece by applying a coat of teak oil.
I glued the dowel to the base and assembled all the pieces together.
My tea light holder is ready!
You can download free vector plans for this project here.