Brent cut it in half and used a Forstner bit to drill holes in each of them.
I gave him a tea light so he would know exactly how large the holes needed to be.
Using some of our leftover stain from finishing the basement, I gave each piece a good rub down. That's the technical word for it, right?
We keep a bucket of Brent's old socks around - the work perfect for staining wood or keeping your hands warm.
It's a beautiful grain, isn't it.
All done staining.
I wanted to give them a little clear coat to shine them up a bit. Make sure you use this stuff outside and in a well ventilated area. It's pretty strong stuff. For small projects, the spray can of lacquer works really well.
After my coat of lacquer had dried, I gave each piece a very light sanding with 150 grit sandpaper to make them super smooth.