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These elegant holders, reminiscent of old holders made in bronze or iron, can be made with surprisingly low costs. The balusters were purchased at a salvage yard for $4 each. The finished product can be used to transform your home or make a beautiful tabletop display. These are the steps required to create them. You should seal any salvaged balusters that have been painted previously to protect the lead paint. )
Cut the Balusters to Size
Using a miter saw, remove the tenon of a baluster to create a flat bottom. Cut the top to your desired length. To make a square cut, you can taper the baluster.
Drill a Hole for the Candle
Stabilize the baluster vertically by clamping it to the leg of a table. To make a 3/4-inch hole, locate the top of the baluster using a 7/8 inch Forstner bit.
Clear-Coat the Balusters
Sand the balusters, then wipe them down with a tack cloth to remove dust. Polyurethane should be applied to the surface.
Stain and Seal the Base
Sand the 4×4 and 6×6 post caps, then use a clean rag to apply a stain that matches the baluster. You can wipe any remaining stain off after a few seconds. Next, rub your rag in the same direction as the wood grain. If necessary, you can apply additional coats. After the stain has dried, apply a coat polyurethane.
Assemble the Pieces
Drill a 3/16-inch pilot hole through the center of each post cap and into the center of the bottom of the baluster. Place the pieces in alignment by stacking the 4×4 and 6×6 post caps and placing the baluster on top. Attach the pieces using a 3-inch wood screw. To attach the pieces, insert a candle in the top hole.