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Bathe the night in an enchanting glow with simple candle trays that can nestle on your table as a centrepiece or suspend in mid air for a magical atmosphere.

Night Life

Bathe the night in an enchanting glow with simple candle trays that can nestle on your table as a centrepiece or suspend in mid air for a magical atmosphere.

Candlescape

The acrylic sides will help prevent the wind from blowing out the candle flames.

Materials

• 1" x 2" clear pine (6') - cut with mitred corners to inside dimension lengths: 9" (2),

19 3/4" (2)

• 5/8" pine corner moulding (3') - cut to 8 1/2" (4)

• 1/4" good one side plywood - cut to 10 1/2" x 21 1/2" (outside dimension of frame)

• 24" x 48" (.118" thick) - cut to 8 5/8" x 10" (2), 19 5/8" x 10" (2)

• clear acrylic sheet 2536-170

• clear silicone caulk 2034-444

• wood glue 2020-850

• 2" finishing nails 2134-835

• masking tape 1670-107

• Beauti-Tone Signature Series Exterior Acrylic Flat Black paint 1835-848

Tools

• utility knife 1034-328

• brush kit 1656-188

• saw and mitre box 1038-273 or table saw 1346-699

• hammer 1030-665

• square 1070-062

• tape measure 1048-569

Here's how

1. Assemble the frame by gluing joints and nailing corners. Measure the outside dimension of the assembled frame and cut plywood to fit. Attach plywood with glue and nails. Sand and paint as desired, including the corner pieces. We used Beauti-Tone Signature Series Exterior Acrylic Flat Black paint.

2. Using a metal square, score the clear acrylic sheet deeply with a utility knife, along the edge of the metal square, and then break it over a straight edge of a table. Option: You can also feed slowly through a table saw with a fine-toothed blade. The pieces are 10" tall with sides 1/8" shorter than the inside dimension of the frame. The ends are 1/8" shorter than the inside of the frame plus twice the thickness of the acrylic. Dry fit to ensure the size is correct.

3. Tape the acrylic panels on the bottom edge to hold together. Apply a small bead of silicone caulking to the inside of the corner pieces and tape them in place, flush to the top. Leave tape in place until cured.

4. Place a variety of candle sizes in the tray. Add river stones to the base, between bottom of the candles.

Candle Chandelier

We recommend using battery-operated candles in the tray for safety and to avoid the wind blowing out the candle flames.

Materials

• 1" x 4" clear pine (7') - cut with mitred corners to inside dimension lengths: 13" (2),

231/2" (2)

• 24" x 24" acrylic sheet - cut to 13 1/2" x 24"

• 2" nails 2134-835

• chain 5231-313

• 8 link connectors 5235-550

• wood glue 2020-850

• 4 eye screws 2361-623

• battery operated candles 4330-453/454/455

Tools

• utility knife 1034-328

• square 1070-062

• router 1258-437

• saw and mitre box 1038-273

• hammer 1030-665

• brush kit 1656-188

• 1/8" straight bit 1216-231

• tape measure 1048-569

• router table 1358-418

1. Router a 3/8" deep by 3/16" wide slot on the inside of each piece, 1/2" up from the bottom. Option: You could also set the depth of a table saw to 3/8" and cut the 3/16" channel in the 7' length before cutting the required pieces.

2. Dry fit the wood frame around the bottom acrylic panel and, if required, trim for a snug fit. Sand and finish the pieces as desired, and then glue, clamp and nail the corners.

3. Attach the hardware and chains to ensure it is secure, safe and suits your conditions.