Tea with Shakespeare

Who doesn’t like candles?  Their warm light dances on the walls and over all objects in the room.  Okay, so maybe I’m not Shakespeare, but I do think he said it best about candles.  “How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”   How fitting for a tiny little tea light candle as well.  Tea lights are a great way to keep the candle wax inside the aluminum cup and your surfaces safe.  However, they are not the best looking on their own.  Time to spruce them up a wee bit.

I started with a basic concept of a small box with legs.  Inside a spacer would keep the candle centered.

tealight design

tealight design

This design gave me the most surface space to engrave the words of wisdom.  I have a bit of affinity toward darker wood.  A few coats of stain and varnish provides a nice contrast to the engraving and colors of the flame.  I then cut each of the parts out and prepared them for assembly.

tealight cutout parts

tealight cutout parts

The bottom part has fingers that lock into the four sides holding everything together.  Keep in mind that these are all rather small.  The center hole for the tea light is 37mm in diameter.  Because the candles are already small, the font size had to be reduced to get the quote to fit on the front.  I’m afraid that the quote font size might a be a bit too small and difficult to read.

tealight front quote

tealight front quote

Regardless of the font size, I believe the box works well for the intended use.  I plan on making a few more of these for around the house.

tealight box finsihed

tealight box finished

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