Celtic Knot Segmented Vase

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Project by scrappy posted 08-16-2009 08:08 AM 7064 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got this idea from looking at the blog for making a Celtic Rolling Pin

4 tall x 4 diam. Walnut and Birch. 1 coat of tung oil/varnish after sanding to 400 grit and burnishing with sawdust.

Decided to see if it could be done on a bigger circle and with area left to turn. The design seems to have worked very well. But the execution did not. I really need a better table saw.

What I did was started with a 4×4 x 4 cube of walnut. Cut the corners to a octagon. Then one side at a time, cut a slot and added the birch. This gave the block the overlapping slices just like in the rolling pin. Turned the area with the insert to a curve, and the knot appeared. Just turned the rest into what the wood wanted, A small vase.

Had a LOT of trouble with getting the slots to be the same size, top to bottom and end to end. Like I said I need a new table saw. My little 8 inch craftsman is just not good enough for something like this. Will only cut to 1 3/4 deep and if I try to use a sled it is even shallower. Also the rip fence gives and moves if you put too much pressure against it when holding your piece.

Also did not get enough glue in the slot during glue up. A couple of the outer pieces came flying off when was turning. Need to improve that skill too. Have never done mortice and tendons so was a first trying to add a piece of wood into a slot.

I really hope that you like the design and give it a try. Wouold like to see how this comes out when done properly.

Thank You for looking.

Please post all comments and critiques. Please. Woould like to here if there is an easier way to try something like this.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#1 posted 08-16-2009 08:36 AM

Looks pretty good for here:-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 08-16-2009 08:45 AM

very cool

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#3 posted 08-16-2009 09:33 AM

you have been busy!
cool stuff and it really looks very nice. maybe instead of the slot you can do glueups? should be very nice with this kind of vase (you will get some white at the top as well). i mean, cut a slice, and sandwich the white timber. always so hard to expalin these things…

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#4 posted 08-16-2009 09:33 AM

ah, thought about it again – will not work.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#5 posted 08-16-2009 02:26 PM

Very nice and the pattern is interesting

-- Ray,Iowa

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#6 posted 08-16-2009 02:59 PM

Scrappy it looks very nice. Good thoughts on going with a larger circle.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#7 posted 08-16-2009 05:05 PM

Spectacular vase

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#8 posted 08-16-2009 05:13 PM

Hey Scrappy, it looks great. Wish I had a lathe…......or a new table saw, a band saw, a router lift, you get the idea. That’s pretty great with an 8” table saw.

-- Ben Kahmann Dayton, OH

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#9 posted 08-16-2009 07:48 PM

Great looking wood combinations and design. I think I understand about half/way what you did. This has given me the inspiration to try something very similar now. Thanks for posting this and the build info, also. Keep on keeping on.

Ken McGinnis

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#10 posted 08-16-2009 07:50 PM

Interesting design! Quite unique and very nice.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#11 posted 08-16-2009 07:56 PM

Scrappy: The bottop looks gtreat, I think it would be more WOW with the same on the top. I think the the 1 3/4” cut on the bottom would also work on the top.

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#12 posted 08-16-2009 09:05 PM

Nice job on the knot, Scrappy!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#13 posted 08-17-2009 12:51 AM

Daaaang Scrappy.
Your stuff is getting outta this world!

I’m going to start watching for a book by you on turning!

That thing is B-U-TEE-FULL !!!

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#14 posted 08-17-2009 02:12 AM

Scrappy, Sure looks properly done from here. What a cool idea and it turned out great. That’s enough to blow my mind looking at that and trying to figure it out. Thanks for sharing. I need to take lessons from you. I’ve turned one bowl and it was so ugly my dog won’t drink water from it.(guess I shouldn’t complain, it does hold water).

-- John @

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#15 posted 08-17-2009 05:35 AM

Aren’t we turners perfectonists!

Thats a darn nice bit of segmenting there…. I like the form it really gives emphasis to the contrasting loop band….it resembles an old spittoon (not in a derogatory way..) Now folks like them as antiques to put umbrellas and walking sticks into..

Im starting to play with big stave/segmenteds on my new lathe….really enjoy seeing these works for inspiration….keep sharing them with us..

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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