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Candle Blocks

Photography: John Gruen

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2001


You'll always be able to improvise a centerpiece with these candle blocks: Each face is drilled with a hole sized to fit a particular type of candle.


  • Electric drill

  • 4-by-4-inch cedar post

  • Fine sandpaper

  • Paint, stain or tung oil (to seal wood)


  1. Start with a single 4-by-4-inch cedar post from a lumberyard or home center; cut it into 4-inch cubes.

  2. With an electric drill, make holes in the center of each side. Use a drill guide to bore a perpendicular hole, which will enable candles to stand straight and burn evenly.

  3. Bit sizes shown are gauged to standard candle thicknesses: 7/8-inch bit for a hand-dipped taper; 9/32-inch for a stick taper; 1 1/8- to 1 1/2-inch Forstner bit for tealights and large tapers (sizes vary slightly); 3/4-inch spade bit for a Shabbat candle; 15/32-inch bit for a Christmas-tree candle.

  4. Sand the rough edges with fine sandpaper; paint, stain, or seal wood with tung oil.

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