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Flower Vase - Dead or Alive

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Project by mel52 posted 06-09-2020 12:42 AM 678 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had not used the lathe for awhile and got bored yesterday afternoon. I had a piece of Eastern Red Cedar approx. 6/7 inch thick, 5 foot long that was 4 or 5 years old, so I cut a chunk off and proceeded to get with it. When I started I didn’t know it had all those darn knots all over and in it. Made it a bear to turn but it came out a lot better than I thought it would. It is 7 inches tall by 4 inches wide. I drilled a hole in the middle with the lathe so it could be used for dry ( dead ), flowers or put in a tube ( for water ), for live flowers. It was sanded to 600, then triple EEE and was topped off with a good wax. My shop now smells like a Cedar chest.

-- MEL, Kansas





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#1 posted 06-09-2020 01:34 AM

Nice little project and nice shine on it Mel, Two good things here the vase and a shop with a nice aroma! Nice work! You better find a new project to do so you don’t get bored again!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 06-09-2020 02:50 AM

Beautiful vase, Mel. I love red cedar..it smells so good when turning it!! Those knots give is some fine character!!

cheers, Jim

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

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#3 posted 06-09-2020 02:57 AM

Shaver and JJ, thanks for the comments. Mike

-- MEL, Kansas

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#4 posted 06-09-2020 03:38 AM

I really love Red Cedar also but it’s a bit hard to get over this side.
I reckon the knots bring out the beauty of the wood.
Thanks for sharing.

Bob

-- 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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#5 posted 06-09-2020 03:45 AM

Cool vase Mel and I love cedar. No moths in your shop for awhile.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 06-09-2020 04:01 AM

Bob, it’s so common around here that the landfill is always getting them to just burn. There probably isn’t a farm around here that doesn’t have dead ones on them. Most farmers will give them to you just to get rid of them.

DD, thanks for the comment, I never thought about the moth thing, I wonder if it works on wives the same way. LOL. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#7 posted 06-09-2020 09:04 AM

Nice little lathe whittling M’52... Love the grain and pattern variation… worthy of a good lamination… could have used a few beer coasters to highlight your work rather than that crutchetie girlie thingie.


... approx. 6/7 inch… was 4 or 5 years old…,
- mel52

You and maj (Ivan) shop at the same measurement outlet? Bloody approx. measurements and time… Soon you’ll be blaspheming in fluent Croatioan... convert to metric before it’s too late.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#8 posted 06-09-2020 03:44 PM

This is a beautiful vase. Nice work!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#9 posted 06-09-2020 04:54 PM

EITHER WAY…NICE WOOD , NICE SHAPE!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 06-09-2020 05:51 PM

LittleBlackDuck, if it will help you any it is 10.744221 cm wide by 18.084836 cm tall. Giving a distance to someone is also a little different around here. For instance, when someone asks how far to the nearest lake, instead of miles we may say something like 2 or 3 beers away. What that means is if you are an average drinker – If it’s cool outside, 2 beers – if hot it will be 3 beers. LOL. mel

helluvawreck and Ivan – Thanks for the comments, greatly appreciated. mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#11 posted 06-09-2020 10:11 PM


... something like 2 or 3 beers away. What that means is if you are an average drinker – If it s cool outside, 2 beers – if hot it will be 3 beers. LOL.
- mel52
cm comes in two too many decimal points… that’s why I work in mm, but that .4221 (and complimentary .4836) tolerance can make or break a perfect vase (albeit made out of unbreakable wood).

Beer measurements supersedes all mathematical facts and theories and validated by none other than Alebert E.... after all, where did its container (the 1 [in German] stein) originate from… In fact I insist those quantifications be a tad more vague and have no objection to a +2 margin of error… all acurate tape measures should be packaged in 2 or 3 crates of beer.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#12 posted 06-11-2020 11:53 AM

Beautiful Wood and Great Turning Mel….There are some very appealing colours and Swirls in the wood.

Regards,

Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#13 posted 06-12-2020 04:19 AM

Cliff, thanks for the comment. Mike

-- MEL, Kansas

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#14 posted 06-15-2020 05:07 AM

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 06-16-2020 03:19 AM

Thanks, Grumpy. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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