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Outdoor Citronella Candle Teak Lantern

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  • Estimated Time

    6 Hours

  • Challenge Level


  • Tools & Supplies:

    • Sandpaper: grits 120, 180, 220
    • Stock Wood Material (Oak, Teak or Mahogany)
    • 18 feet at 3/4x3/4"-Thick (Side Frames)
    • 12 feet at 1/2x1/2"-Thick (Legs)
    • 8 feet at 1/4x1/4"-Thick (Bottom Panel Frame)
    • 9x9x1/4"-Thick Panel (Bottom Panel)
    • Radial Arm or Miter Saw
    • Table Saw
    • Waterproof/Polyurethane Glue
    • Pneumatic Pin Nailer Gun
    • ~35’ Woven Wood Screen Made From ~1/16x3/4” Strips
    • Rag
    • 4 Picture Frame Glass Sheets or Polycarbonate Sheets (optional)
    • Citronella or Indoor Glass-Contained Candle
Outdoor Citronella Candle Teak Lantern After

  1. Sand all of the stock wood material with progressive sandpaper grits prior to cutting to size.
  2. Cut and assemble the four side frames with the 3/4" thick material so the outside dimensions are approximately 8.5x12".
  3. Cut 3/8" deep grooves down the length of one side of each of the frame pieces (with a table saw) to fit the woven wood strips.
  4. Glue and pin nail the four frame pieces together.
  5. Cut 4 pieces from the 1/2" thick material approximately 10" long.
  6. Glue and nail the 10" long pieces to the outside corners of the four frame pieces.
  7. Based on design preference, frame the top and bottoms of the side frames with mitered pieces of the different-sized stock. Fit woven wood panels in the grooves. Glue and nail all of the pieces together.
  8. Cut four pieces of the 1/4" stock wood to sit inside the bottom of the frame, allowing the 1/4" thick panel to sit securely.
  9. Finish sanding all edges with 220-grit sandpaper.
  10. Apply two coats of teak oil to the lantern with a rag, and allow it to dry.
  11. Apply NeverWet to the lantern with a rag, and allow it to dry.
  12. For glass panel designs, cut pieces to fit the inside dimensions of the lantern and glue in place.
  13. Once everything is dry, place a candle in the lantern.

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