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tkiovino
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Wooden Menorah Plans?

Hey, guys, I'm looking to find plans to build a wooden menorah.  I have a few Jewish friends, and I was looking to build something for them for the holidays.

 

Anyone know of any plans sources out there?  I've been looking, but striking out...

 

Thanks.

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Sawdustr
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Re: Wooden Menorah Plans?

Hello Friend,

If memory serves me right there are seven candles in the piece and some I have seen are made of metal however there's nothing saying that the base couldn't be of wood especially Cedar. Now to achieve this menorah you will need a base wide enough to hold the tiers as you step up till you have the top candle in the middle of the menorah.

 

It would resemble stair steps leading from both ends up to the top in the middle of the whole thing. You can find candle holders to drop into the holes drilled into each tier however I am not sure what color it should be.

Remember to keep your hands no closer to a spinning blade or bit than 6" for safety sake.

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amateur60
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Re: Wooden Menorah Plans?

A little research suggests to me that this is a complicated issue.  First, the menorah used so widely at Chanukkah time has 9 candles.  That's not the same as the menorah described in Exodus for the Temple--that has 7.  There are, apparently, rules about materials and construction methods, that I don't understand.  It may not even by "allowable" to use wood, though I'd bet interpretations vary widely.  I'd consult with one of your friends or their rabbi to find out what requirements exist in their tradition. 

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Sawdustr
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Re: Wooden Menorah Plans?

I agree with Amateur 60 on contacting the right people to get the well known facts.

I truly hadn't thought about anything being different as I had always heard that there were seven candles and one would be lit each night till they met the 7th night when they would celebrate. However it is a wise choice to contact the people in the know.

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wirebender
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Registered: ‎10-23-2009
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Re: Wooden Menorah Plans?

tkiovino -

Google "wooden menorahs" and you will find over 150,000 hits.  There are a bunch of photos of menorahs made of wood that might give you the inspiration you need to make your own unique menorah for your friend...olive wood might be a good choice since it is native to Israel.  There are both 7 and 9 candle versions used depending on the celebration being observed.

Dave.

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GeorgeK-NJ
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Re: Wooden Menorah Plans?

After looking at this site (see Link), it looks like nothing is off-limits.

 

http://www.hhjudaica.com/Menorahs-1.html

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Sawdustr
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Re: Wooden Menorah Plans?

Hello George,

That was a very interesting link and it was the first time I had heard of the additional branches but, now I see. Though I am not of their faith I can agree that everyone has the right to believe as they choose. Amen-Shalom.

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morah2
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Re: Wooden Menorah Plans?

Thought I'd add my 2 cents in case anyone else stumbles across this thread like I did.

A quick guide to the basic laws of a "kosher" menorah: there are 9 branches (1 for each of the 8 nights plus a branch for the 'helper' candle that is used to light the others). Eight of the branches must be in a row and of the same height, but the 'helper' candle should be noticeably higher. The menorah itself can be made from any material. Wood is fine. If needed, you might want to check www.aish.com for more reliable info.

Good luck!

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hankm
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Re: Wooden Menorah Plans?

Welcome to the forums of Woodmagazine.com, morah2 . I'd also like to invite you to explore the video channels as well.

WOOD Online has a very respectable library of free videos for your education and enjoyment in the pursuit of learning more about the craft of woodworking.

There are two channels you can look at for specific subjects:

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The second resource for videos is WOODTube.
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These are user submitted videos usually shot by woodworkers who wish to visually share tips, tricks, and techniques they feel are worth passing on. This site has a search engine so you can get more specific in your need to know area.

And finally, don't forget you can use the site search function to bring up past articles of interest too!

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Re: Wooden Menorah Plans?

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