Burl River Vase

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Project by FordMike posted 09-21-2010 06:53 AM 1772 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a very large Big Leaf Maple Burl vase. The dimensions are 12” diameter by 23” tall, it was turner from two pieces from the same root ball, the domed base the growth rings are 90degrees off from the stem. The walls are approx 3/4” thick all the way to the bottom where it is 5” thick including the base. This is as large a piece as my lathe can handle. The rough block was 30lbs. I started with spur chuck and tailstock roughed out the outside and cut a flat base. when I turned it ove to hollow I screwed a 8” faceplate using all 8 screw hole and then superglued the screws in. My technique is to set 8, 1 1/4” screws to hold in place and then replace the screws one at a time with 1 1/2 screws with superglue on the threads. I then ran a bead of superglue around the base attaching it to the facplate securly. I hollowed witha bowl gouge and homemade tool rests until I couldn’t reach any more. I completed the hollowing with forester bits on an extension amd a high speed die grinder and a small router bit. I cut a tenon on the base and made a base out of one of the offcuts with a smal bead and a recess for the vase to join. The sanding is the standard 120,150,200, 400 finish is Watco mopped two coats. I’m going to let it set for a week and maybe a couple more coats and then buff. Anyway thanks for looking. FordMike.

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#1 posted 09-21-2010 10:23 AM

loooks good i like it.

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#2 posted 09-21-2010 12:19 PM

It looks almost like an old vase that could have been found in a shipwreck.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 09-21-2010 01:38 PM

Looking good, someday I am going to have to try turning a vase when I can figure the ins and outs of it. Really nice thanks for shareing.

-- Bob "Every breath I take as a Free man was paid for with the blood of an American Soldier"

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#4 posted 09-21-2010 03:48 PM

I bet this looks even better in person – the grain is wonderful!

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#5 posted 09-21-2010 07:43 PM

Good-looking vase



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#6 posted 09-21-2010 10:06 PM

hi great looking vase it s really beautiful love the grain in it it looks like it s benign around for a long long time

how is your knuckles and fingers did you bash them a lot when you were finishing it hope not


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#7 posted 10-02-2010 12:12 AM

Wow, FordMike, Thats a great looking Vase. My question for you is , When turning the neck how did you keep from tearing into the opening by accident. The transition is very nice at the throat but the burl opening seems that it would make it harder to continue your line. Great work

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