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    gifts that cost me next to nothing

    Ive found that women between the ages of 15 and 85 love these little gifts.
    Its nothing new, but I use all the cut off pieces that most usually dump or use for kindling.
    I use any stain I have laying around, and dont usually stain or polyurethane any of them till Im doing something else requiring polyurethane.
    (Ive never had anyone complain about them burning or igniting, and Ive made Id guess around 50-60 so far over the past 1.5 years)

    Take a scrap of hardwood, figure out a pattern, take out the 1.5 inch forstner bit, and bingo, its done. (now I rout the sides all at once, this way I dont have to set up the router more than once, I cut the holes, and leave them in a box till IM ready to rout, and I stain when Im doing something else, so theres really little time consumption invovled)

    Sometimes I get fancy and will put a nice glass voltive in the middle of circular ones, use green and red tealights for christmas, theres little limit.
    When I have time, I make step like shapes, pyramid shapes, always using a piece of scrap.

    The women I give them too, or my wife gives them too love them.
    The fact that it was "handmade" , adds a bit, since its more personal.
    Ive never met a woman who doesnt enjoy a candle now and then(Only the young moms dont want candles around, but they like it for show)
    Heres a few in different states of completion.
    Just sharing(a bag of tealights usually cost around 2 bucks for 50, but if you look for sales, it brings the price of these down to next to nothing, and it takes a minute to make.)

    and Im quite sure the women would prefer a nice salad bowl or turned piece of wood, but these take no time and dont cost anything(using the scraps)The one on the right sells for 30 dollars in a candle catalog Ive seen.(second from right, 4 candles, that was from the white oak chairs I redid.)
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    Easy, quick, and appreciated. Sounds like a great gift to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Easy, quick, and appreciated. Sounds like a great gift to me.
    Wow. A flatwork project that gets finished in the same time as a spinny project!

    Great idea Allen!
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    all the secretaries and bank tellers that I usually give perfume to over the holiday season through business, are all getting one of the 12 candle holders.
    Im almost sure they will all love the candle holder better, wont cost me 1/20th what the cologne costs, and the boyfriends and husbands that are allergic to certain colognes will certainly appreciate it more.(red mahogany stain looks great with oak,a favorite woodstain color)
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    Allen, you've just given me a new product to sell at my craft fairs this fall!!! Thank you for posting this. I printed the picture, and I intend to make some of these for the fall season.

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    Hope you sell out everything!
    Have a great show.(dont forget to get the red and green tealights for the fall season. They were a big hit for me as gifts. NWL up here in the NE had a box of 25 for 1.99, white are 50 for 1.99, but usually can get those cheaper)

    *I do buy one thing for them,now, usually at a 99cent store. The little self sticking felt buttons. I learned from experience people dont want their expensive coffee tables scratched.
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    Great idea. I hate throwing away scraps, and that gives them a very good use indeed. Simple ideas are the best ones
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    this plywood sheathing was getting cut up, it started to warp, and the 4x4s are just junk laying around behind the house.
    Eventually, it all has to be cut into 3 foot lengths to dispose of.
    I wash the PT with soap and water, dry it, cut some of the ply down. A little of the same stains, maybe 45 minutes to build. Got me some beautiful planter boxes.(and all the material used expcept the glue,brads and stain, were going into the trash.
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    Hi Allen ,
    Several nice projects you have pictured here. I am always on the look out for the nice and quick, easy projects. They can be quite relaxing to work on. The candle holders looks inviting as does the planter box.
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    I have a basment full of wooden shelves, Id guess built around 1930s,.
    I think its some form of pine, its yellowed out, to a tan, not many knots.
    Its all getting tossed. Im thinking of cutting it all down, taking out the nails, which are al mostly in the corners, and making some kids things out of it, cradle for dollies, small chair and desk to color on., maybe a toy box.
    If I get ambitious in a few weeks, Ill post the a pic of the wood, just to make sure its cheap pine before I cut it up.

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