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Red Oak Wooden-and-Copper Menorah

Our stylish copper-and-wood menorah is hand-constructed with materials easily found at most home-improvement centers: a block of oak and small metal couplings (ordinarily used for joining plumbing pipes) for the main part, and a piece of oak hobby board and metallic trim for the base.

Photography: Ryan Liebe

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December/January 2015

Introduction

To accommodate the shamash candle (the middle one that lights the others), we drilled a shallower hole in the middle so that it stands highest. Tip: To avoid spraying melted wax, place your index finger between flame and lips before blowing out each candle. Hanukkah candles, creativecandles.com.

materials

  • Red oak wood (Pictured: Red oak block, cut to 10 by 3 inches (3" by 3" by 36", $22, lowes.com.)

  • Clamp

  • Drill and 7/16-inch spade bit

  • Painters' tape

  • Fine-grit sandpaper

  • Oak hobby board (Pictured: Oak hobby board, cut to 10½ by 3 inches (1/4" by 3" by 36", $4, homedepot.com.)

  • Whitewash pickling stain, such as Minwax

  • Metal snips

  • Copper spray paint (Pictured: Spray paint, by Montana, in Copperchrome, $7.75, dickblick.com.)

  • Adhesive (Pictured: Liquid Nails, 2.5 oz., $4.50, homedepot.com.)

  • 9 copper couplings (Pictured: Copper couplings, 1/4 inch (75 cents each, homedepot.com.)

steps

  1. Mark 9 spots down center of oak block, each 1 inch apart.

  2. Clamp block to work surface. To make hole for shamash candle, measure bit 3/8 inch from tip and mark with painters’ tape. Drill bit into middle (fifth) mark until it reaches tape. Remove tape from bit.

  3. Measure bit 5/8 inch from tip and mark with painters’ tape. Drill remaining 8 holes, using new tape as guide.

  4. Sand block and hobby board. Stain, following package instructions; let dry completely.

  5. With snips, cut two 10 1/2-inch and two 3-inch pieces of brass strip. Spray-paint brass pieces. Using adhesive, glue strips to edges of hobby board, then glue block to hobby board.

  6. Insert copper couplings in holes.

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