little additional sculpting with a knife
and then smoothed everything with a
butane torch. The wicks are installed
from the bottom side of the candle
so that the tops of the LEDs nearly
protrude from the core.
Please, please, please ... be safe
when burning your candles and do
make sure you do this in an area clear
of flammable debris. Do not leave
them to burn while unattended.
■ FIGURE 7. Completed Menorah.
Well, that about
wraps it up for
another month and
indeed another year.
From my family to
yours, let me wish you a very happy
holiday season filled with peace and
love, and a terrific new year for you
and those in your life.
So everyone, until 2007 ... Happy
Finally, I asked around and found
there is no specific requirement for
the construction of the actual
Menorah other than the central
(shamash) candle being higher than
the others, so I turned to master
woodworker, Jeremy Black, for help. I
wanted simple elegance, and Jeremy
gave it to me in spades. My Menorah
is a gorgeous oak platform that is
large enough to accommodate nine,
three-inch pillar-style candles. Since
the platform is flat, I used a six-inch tall
candle for the shamash.
The only thing I didn’t specify for
Jeremy — which nearly got me — was
the size of the PCB I intended to
mount underneath the platform. As
luck would have it, the Super Carrier
just fit when I mounted it vertically. I
think that you’ll agree the final piece is
beautiful, and I expect Jen will get
many years of enjoyment from it.
Hopefully, this project will
give you ideas for additional holiday
projects. For those that are fans of the
Rogue uMP3 player (we used this last
December), a fun project might be a
“dancing candles” display that lights
candles in sync with your favorite
holiday song. After starting the audio,
you can read the “candle dance”
out of a DATA table as we did in this
project. Hmmm, where’s my uMP3
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