That, including the taper, is the way I've seen it handled. Haven't done
it myself, but some turners that command high prices for their
candlesticks do it that way. Grinding down a spade bit isn't very
Intelligence is an experiment that failed - G. B. Shaw
Art has the winning answer there, Wee Willy. Spade bits are cheap and
grind very easily.
Ask not what the world needs. Ask what makes you come
alive... then go do it. Because what the world needs
is people who have come alive. -- Howard Thurman
That is what I had to do on a project to obtain the correct diameter
hole. All it cost was a cheap drill bit to get the job done. Just
grind a little and drill a test hole and then grind a little more if
necessary. Just remember, you can't un-grind it!
The plan said .5" diameter, 5" hi. Just a half-size taper.
I live in a good-size city, figgered they'd be easy to find.
I couldn't find 'em anywhere. Most stores had full-size tapers
and all kinds of fat candles and candles in glass. Target had
2 full shelves of that and nary a taper. Curious.
What I got at a Catholic supply store (alleged 17/32" x 5") has
got to do.
Wilfred, google for "candle sharpener". Like a pencil sharpener for candles.
About two bucks apiece or a little more. For example:
"Wilfred Xavier Pickles" wrote in message
I've got a little John Nelson plan for a dinner-table-type folding
candle-holder that's full of "Gotcha's".
One is candle size. I need to drill hard curly-maple for the base of the
candles. Nelson sez to use candles with .5" base: I can't find any locally.
But I've got some with 17/32" base.
I have no bits greater than .5". I don't *think* they make a 17/32" spade
bit. I tried wiggling the .5" bit to enlarge the hole a little. It didn't
Do I have to special-order a 17/32" drill bit? Is there another way.
Apologies for the nickel/dime question.
I've taken a spade bit and ground it down to a needed size - and, you
can make it a taper bit in the process. Drill your half-inch hole,
then enlarge with the spade bit. If these candle holders are for your
own use, you could make the half-inch hole, cut a kerf, insert/glue a
bit of old hack saw blade and use it to cut teh candle bases down to
size - I think they sell something like this for making dowels.
I've seen devices that will taper down a candle to fit in a holder.
Also you could get a 9/16" spade bit and grind or file the sides down
to a slight taper (or even to cut a cylinder)for holes for the candle.
Most commercial candles have a tapered base. If you have much of
this to do, buy an extra spade bit or get an old one and file
and/or grind the taper on the bit. Do some marking on the bit
before you start and take equal amounts of material from each
side. Once you get it right, it is always ready for candle work.
Keep the whole world singing . . .
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