vases (not turned)

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Project by Jim Sellers posted 11-22-2017 04:33 PM 1690 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I didn’t really need a vase but I had to make something and had never made a vase before. Had the idea of making it (them) from vertical segments using the tablesaw and bandsaw for the shape. I don’t have much turning experience and have much respect for those able to hollow out such vessels on the lathe. I was actually planning on using the lathe to true and sand the outsides but decided it would be easier to just use a belt sander. Made up of 16 pieces cut at 11.25 degree angle. 16ths glued into 8ths, 8ths glued into 1/4s, 1/4s glued into halves. Then the halves had to be trued on the joiner for a perfect match. They are roughly 1/4” thick. One good thing about this method is that I have the inside cuts and materials to make 2 more if I choose to. Only they would be 1/2 inch skinnier. They measure 13 and 17” tall. Maple, sapele, and purpleheart. Finished with spray can lacquer

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#1 posted 11-22-2017 04:36 PM


-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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#2 posted 11-22-2017 06:22 PM

Great ingenuity! And they turned out beautifully! (or should I say they cut and sanded out beautifully instead of turned?!)

-- Pete

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#3 posted 11-22-2017 06:27 PM

Dotto what’s been said thus far X 2

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 11-22-2017 07:08 PM

really a great design nicely done

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#5 posted 11-22-2017 07:53 PM

Wow! These are beautiful vases and the wood is wonderful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 11-22-2017 11:37 PM

Whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. You have outdone your self on these vases. Extraordinary pieces!!!!!!!!

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

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#7 posted 11-23-2017 12:16 AM


-- Mike in SoCal, now East Texas

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#8 posted 11-23-2017 02:10 AM

amazing and fantastic, a first class job without a lathe.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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Jim Sellers

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#9 posted 11-23-2017 12:50 PM

Thanks guys for all the comments. I couldn’t help but think during the build process that I destroyed 2 perfectly good cutting boards for these.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#10 posted 11-23-2017 01:46 PM

Nice work Jim. It’s always fun to innovate and try something you aren’t sure will work, ..... and always a thrill when you pull it off. ..... and pul it off you did, and with style too!

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#11 posted 11-23-2017 01:46 PM


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#12 posted 11-23-2017 03:03 PM

Very good.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#13 posted 11-23-2017 06:44 PM

Very impressive. I would never gues this wasn’t turned.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 11-23-2017 09:16 PM

Jim , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 11-25-2017 01:09 PM

outstanding…great job!!!!!!!

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