Small Apple Vases

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Project by WoodSparky posted 01-23-2010 01:55 AM 1773 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine wanted to try his hand at turning. He brought over a 8” x 2’ log of apple. After cutting out the cracks and worm damage, he was able to get 2 nice little bowls. On the otherhand, I got the mess and the waste.
From the cut-offs, I was able to salvage a few pieces. I glued on some Brazilian Cherry and attached the whole thing to a glue block. What a pleasure the Apple was to turn and hollow. The only thing that gave me a tough time was the worm damage and the cherry, boy that stuff is hard.
The vases are 3.5”x 2” , and the goblet is 6” tall.

-- So Many tools, So little time

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#1 posted 01-23-2010 04:37 AM

Sooo beautiful. I would like to try wood turning one day but I always remember Home Improvement where Ti got his tie caught and it ripped his shirt right off.
You surely know what you’re doing!


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#2 posted 01-23-2010 05:05 AM

This looks great. You certainly have a nice glossy finish on this turning. Can you tell us how you finished it?

To Jordan – as a veteran turner I will opine that I don’t think turning is any more dangerous than most of the other things we do in the shop. However, I think the learning curve is a little longer.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 01-23-2010 05:46 AM

Great piece and very nice finish.

-- Tom D

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#4 posted 01-23-2010 06:02 AM

Beautiful vase and goblet. What type of finish did you use? I have some apple from an old tree and have been thinking about turning it I am glad to hear it is nice to work with and by your pictures it looks nice too.

-- The ability to learn is innate, not the desire.

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#5 posted 01-23-2010 07:55 AM

The finish on these little guys was a spray lacquer. I first sanded them down to 600. Applied a sanding sealer, and sanded to 800. Dialed the lathe down to 80rpm, and let them have it. I had left the lathe running for another 15min to spread out that pesky drip that I always get. Repeated step one and parted off.


-- So Many tools, So little time

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#6 posted 01-23-2010 07:57 AM

Cool vase looks very good


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#7 posted 01-23-2010 08:38 AM

Great little turnings. Love that wood. Glad to know it is nice to turn. Will have to try and get ahold of some.

Keep it up.


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

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#8 posted 01-23-2010 02:32 PM

They turned out Beautful… did a great job on them.


-- Robin Renee'

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#9 posted 01-23-2010 05:48 PM

These things are just stunning! I have to ask about your finish. How in the world did you get such a crystal clear shine??

Well done.

-- "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in frames of silver." Mohawk Valley - Oregon

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