These were among the first things I made when I got my table saw and drill press, on 14th March 2015. I’d decided individual squares of pine with a recess for the tea light would be better than an item which holds more than one.I had a piece of softwood from my grandad’s garage collection which I thought was something other than pine. Turns out it just had a patina from its age, but it cleaned up nicely.
I used my homemade crosscut jig to divide it into squares first and then marked the centre with a scoring knife and combination square.
The tea lights tend to be about 40 mm in diameter and the 44 mm forstner bit works well enough. Ideally I’d have more of a snug fit but we make do with what we have.
Over to the vice to hold it so I could use the handheld router to round over the edges. This was still pre-router table days.
A quick sand later to remove the burn marks and patina.