50 for 50 - turning 50 as I turn 50 #22: Vase with insert stripe

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Blog entry by mnguy posted 06-25-2019 08:21 PM 185 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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For this tall, narrow form, I wanted to try two new techniques. – insert a vertical / longitudinal strip of contrasting material – hollow the entire form in one step with a Forstner bit
The glue up of the maple blank was straight forward. I didn’t think through very well how I was going slot the blank for the walnut stripe. I used the jointer to get a flat face, then made two stopped passes on the table saw to cut each side of the slot, finishing with a hand saw and chisel. The result was a good fit for the walnut stripe, but it wasn’t centered on the maple rings. I should have used a sled to hold the blank in position on the table saw and used the dado stack to get a more centered stripe.

Turning the outside was straight forward. I used a 2 3/8” forstner bit with an extension to hollow the vessel. This worked really well, and the wall thickness variation isn’t objectionable. And, i was able to glue the entire blank up in one step, vs. building it on the lathe. I did not plan ahead on how to sand the interior, and I ended up with no good way to effectively sand it. I did not have anything that I could put a star sanding disk on that would reach into the vessel. I tried sandpaper wrapped around a large dowel, which was marginally effective. In the end, I left the interior a bit rough.

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#1 posted 06-26-2019 03:54 PM

Well done and what a nice contrast in wood. I like the textured look on the maple. It looks quilted or woven.
Great Job!!!
Congratulations on turning 50 and turning #22!

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#2 posted 06-26-2019 06:43 PM

Jon – one of the reasons I like using hard maple in segmented work is it always seems to show some chatoyance and “figure”. I also like the way it emphasizes form vs. the color of the wood.

If I could only figure out how to reliably get my images to be oriented correctly on Lumbejocks, I’d be set ;)

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