How To Build a Candle Holder from Wine Barrel Staves

candle holder wine barrel How To Build a Candle Holder from Wine Barrel Staves
This inexpensive and easy to do project that can create a dramatic centerpiece to your table or outdoor area. It’s also a great conversation piece as no two will be the same and the oak wine barrel staves will all discolor in various ways.
We picked up these wine barrel staves on a trip through wine country while visiting family in Paso Robles in the central coast of California. A few of the mom and pop type wineries were selling oak wine barrel staves as souvenirs and we saw an opportunity for a fun project. Even if you don’t have a winery near you, you can buy staves online for fairly cheap.
Let’s get started building a candle holder (works best with votives) from wine barrel staves.
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Materials
1. Wine stave or plank (these can be purchased online in bundles or if you are fortunate enough to live near a winery you can typically pick them up for sale). Look for oak staves.
2. Votives – standard size votives to place in your new candle holder once its complete.
Tools
1. Router – We used the Dremel Trio with the router attachment as it was nimble enough to get the job done easily and had plenty of power.
2. Sandpaper (80 and 220)
3. Pencil
4. Measuring Tape
Step by Step
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1. Sand the wine stave on top, bottom and side starting with the rougher grit and moving into the 220. It doesn’t have to be a completely smooth finish but you definitely want it to be smooth to the touch.
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2. Determine the number of candles you’ll be using and space them out evenly along the stave by using your measuring tape. Make sure to account for the size of the votives. We found 5 to be the sweet spot for number of votives.
timothy routing How To Build a Candle Holder from Wine Barrel Staves
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3. Carefully use your router to dig out the space where the votives will sit. Don’t go to deep. We recommend the votives sit at about 1/3 of total height for best results.
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4. Sand the votive holders and apply a clear finish as an option. We prefer a more rough appearance. Place the candles and enjoy.

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Timothy Dahl

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Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
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  • lily

    nice.i love barbeque..your way of making a grill is unique but interesting..

  • Johnny Wilsenach

    Why do you not use a Forstner drill bit to cut the holes for the votive holders,keeping the arched barrel stave on a flat surface.This way all the holes will be parallel with the flat surface.With the router method the hole will be angled and the candle wax will spill out of the votive holder Regards ,Johnny Wilsenach, Capetown.

    • http://www.charlesandhudson.com Charles & Hudson

      Johnny you are absolutely right but unfortunately I don’t have a forstner bit. But next time for sure. Thanks for the tip.

      • Robert

        Before whacking away with a forstner bit pre-cut the hole a little to break through the top grains with a hole saw. Otherwise it could rip the wood around your target hole (experience talking here).

        • http://charlesandhudson.com/ Charles & Hudson

          Thanks for the tip.