Over the holidays I made a number of these little candle holders for the family. I originally saw a similar project on Pinterest and enjoyed how simple they were.
The material is a really nice piece of Scrap Walnut that had some surprise figuring in it. This is a really simple project, that doesn’t require too many tools.
Start by measuring your matchbox and cutting a grove big enough to hide the matchbox.
In the video you will see me cutting a groove for the matchbox in the side grain, after having the candle holder for a while that was a mistake, It should have been done in the end grain to prevent the wood from warping and crushing the matches.
Next drill a 1.5″ hole the depth of a tea light.
Sand until you’re tired of sanding, and then apply the finish.
I typically use Tunge oil for everything that does not need to be food-safe but you can use your favorite finish.