"Cherry Travertine Vase"

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Project by Bearpie posted 03-16-2010 07:22 AM 2290 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

5 1/2” D x 8 1/4” H Cherry Vase

Turned this one from end grain “green” cherry wood. It left a wonderful aroma in my workshop for a couple days, I really wish the smell would linger around a bit longer.

I love turning on my new Powermatic 3520 lathe. This was the lathe I wanted to get in the first place but the Lil Lady said no cause it was just too much money so I settled for a Sears Craftsman lathe. It did the job but not to my satisfaction, the head wobbles, the work slowed down when I put chisel to the wood and I’m barely touching the piece. Long story short, the Lil Lady was impressed with my progress and quality of my turnings she finally relented and let me have my wonderful lathe. Working on the Powermatic and the Sears lathe is like night and day, driving a Yugo versus a Ford King Ranch F-350 truck (yeah, I’m a Ford Man), No comparing the two!

I must thank all of you LJs who posted tips and information that I gleaned from this site about turnings. They have helped me tremendously and I think it shows in my works. Thank you all. Although I did do some turnings in school workshop, and when I was younger, I did have a lathe but never had the affinity with it that I have now. I have so many things running in my mind whenever I see a likely piece of wood trying to figure out how to apply what I see in my mind to the wood and then to the lathe!

I must also thank Tirfern for inspiring me with his turnings and for his help when I asked him some quetions and he replied. Thank you Joe!

Thanks for listening and reading. Your comments and critiques are welcome!


-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#1 posted 03-16-2010 11:53 AM

Great color and grain. Very Nice!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 03-16-2010 12:11 PM

Your vase is outstanding. Well done.

I really like the form and the quality of your work. The cherry is showing itself very well. Congratulations on the mustard monster. They are very nice machines. I would like to have one of them in my shop someday also. I have a good friend that just bought one a month ago. Can’t say enough good about that machine.

Keep the chips flying’‘

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#3 posted 03-16-2010 03:32 PM

Beautiful wood and shape!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 03-16-2010 04:44 PM

Very nice! What did you use for the finish? Love the way it ‘turned’ out :)

-- John

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#5 posted 03-16-2010 07:40 PM

I just bought my first lathe, should have it in a week or so, I only hope that some day I can do the kind of work you have done, Great Job.

-- No matter how much money you have, you can't buy time, Retire Early.....TomRetired

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#6 posted 03-16-2010 11:32 PM

John, I used wipe on poly, about 10 coats. Easy to put on when it is still on the lathe, just slow it down and wipe it on.

Tom, What lathe did you buy? Just let the wood tell you what shape to turn. I start out with a vague idea or general shape and once I start turning I see a design forming in the piece. Sometimes i start out with the idea that this end is the top and that end is the bottom but when the grains start coming out and the patterns on it says otherwise and it reverses my theory! The key thing is ENJOY your turnings. I have thrown away a few that came out very good only to end up splitting/cracking/warping overnight. Don’t take to heart that it’s the end of the world when that happens. It is the end of the world for that particular project but can still warm your heart in the fireplace! :-)


-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#7 posted 03-17-2010 03:20 AM


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 03-17-2010 11:57 AM

Erwin, Nice job on the vase, it looks fantastic. Congrats on the lathe. I’ve had mine for about a year and I love it.

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