Bud Vases V2.0 (now with 100% more metal!)

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Project by splintergroup posted 11-27-2018 07:30 PM 2226 views 10 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These vases are an “upgraded” version of my previous vases from a year or so ago. I decided to add some metal (brass) for eye candy inside the gaps.

The wood is jatoba from unfinished flooring. Its far cheaper for me to buy it this way and I also get “perfect” boards with excellent grain and color. The base is walnut and I used 3/16” brass rod for the metalwork.
Overall dimensions are about 8” tall and the top portion is 2-1/2” square. This provides plenty of room for the glass vase to fit inside. I could have made it smaller for a tighter fit (maybe 2” sq.) but instead added brass pins in the corners to center the glass (the blurry thing in the back corner 8^).

I decided to buy a cheap lock miter bit to join the corners and if you never set one up before (or tried to do it without first reading up), I recommend this quick guide

Finish is oil and spray can poly with a dark paste wax topcoat.

I first dry-assembled a square tube after routing the lock miters and determined the screw holes to hold the top to the base. With hardboard templates I then cut the “crack” out of sides on the router table. Note that I marked which corners belong together before cutting everything up into a bunch of random pieces…

Thanks for checking in!

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#1 posted 11-27-2018 10:25 PM

Hey, Splint, very shapely!

-- Art

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#2 posted 11-27-2018 10:37 PM

Nice going ,Bruce. Brass is always good with wood!!!!!

cheers, Jim

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

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#3 posted 11-27-2018 10:53 PM

Very Nice Project & Well Done!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#4 posted 11-27-2018 11:10 PM

Very pretty.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#5 posted 11-28-2018 01:00 AM

Good looking bud vases. The brass is a nice bit of eye candy and it adds a visual flair to the open space between the corners.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#6 posted 11-28-2018 02:37 AM

I like the look of this a lot. I may have to try this.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 11-28-2018 02:48 AM

Neat design…and I remember the first version (on my list of favorites…and now this version too). Thanks for sharing the background details.

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#8 posted 11-28-2018 02:25 PM

Very nice, love the design

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#9 posted 11-28-2018 02:33 PM

I like-um! nicely done.

-- Doug...

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#10 posted 11-28-2018 02:39 PM

Thanks people! These things seem to sell no matter what I do to them so I’ll keep pushing the ideas.

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#11 posted 11-28-2018 06:37 PM

Very nice work.

-- Chris K

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#12 posted 01-11-2019 07:25 PM

Had this in my favorites since you posted it but I see I never commented on it.
Really attractive piece (that’s why I favorited it…..just so I could enjoy looking at it again)
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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