Homemade Candler With Pictures


11 Years
Apr 24, 2008
I made this homemade candler over the weekend. Here is the breakdown on materials and estimated cost.

If you are patient and can go to some garage sales or bargain stores you can find a lot of these items extremely cheap. Even the lumber, I used cedar and the lumber yard had a 1 X 6" piece that was originally 8' but it was split so they sold me the 4.5' board for $2.50.

I found the lamp for sale at a garage sale for $2, the cost of a lamp kit in the sore is about $8-9. The garage sale also had an interior extension cord for .50 cents. The base for the light and fixture were closeout deals at area hardware stores. I paid $1.00 for the electrical base. I used sheet rock screws and small finishing nails, it was about $1.50 for nails and a light bulb.

I admit I didnt have to buy the drill bits, I had them already but again you can find them cheap at garage sales and flea markets.

I used molding to make the top sit square on the light box. I made two tops one with an 1-1/4" hole the other with a 1-1/2' hole.

Cost of the candler - $8. I have also included pictures.

1 pc - 1 x6 x 10 base
1 pc - 1 x 6 x 8.5 top
4 pc - 1 x 6 x 8.5 sides
1 pc - 1 x 4 cut into 2 pcs 1 X 2 x 5.5"
1 - round electrical base
1 - ceramic ceiling light
1 - 75 w light bulb
1 - interior extension cord
2' of 1/2 round molding
1 - 1/2" drill bit
1 - 1 1/4" drill bit and or 1 1/2" for egg hole.



~ Gemini Chick ~
11 Years
Oct 2, 2008
Bryson City, NC
Would love to see a pic Gate, please!

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