Cherry vase from firewood

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Project by Mainiac Matt posted 02-22-2020 11:42 PM 389 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first lathe project with a curved profile and also my first deep bore.

I used a chunk of cherry from my firewood pile that had dried in the basement for nine months.

You’ll notice that this is actually a metal turning lathe, Which I have modified with two different tool rests for hand turning.

I used a pill bottle to create a watertight interior, and I filled the tenon on the bottom with a short stack of quarters epoxied in place for additional ballast.

The finish is simply Cherry tinted Watco call Danish oil With a couple coats of satin lacquer. I did get some fish eye in the lacquer but was able to remove it with fine steel wool.

I was pleased enough with the final product to give it to Mrs. Mainiac as an anniversary gift, Who seems to be pleased with it.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#1 posted 02-22-2020 11:49 PM

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#2 posted 02-22-2020 11:56 PM

Looks nice Matt, great job!!

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#3 posted 02-23-2020 01:37 AM

Lovely little vase, Matt! Happy anniversary!!

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 02-23-2020 06:30 AM

Wow! Some people must have too much money:) Nice job.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#5 posted 02-23-2020 02:21 PM

Beautiful, Cherry is my favorite wood to work with!

-- Rich

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#6 posted 02-23-2020 06:54 PM

Great work , Matt!!

-- Pete

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