An Arizona theme Mesquite stand for an unusual copper vase.

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Project by Luddite posted 07-05-2020 10:28 PM 1130 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

5 Jul 2020

Working on some small projects this summer of confusion.

After finishing the dining rooms’ cherry table my wife eyed a center piece. A major hunk of local copper sculpture she calls a vase. Being quite unsteady to stand on it’s own i designed an Arizona themed stand. It’s Arizona mesquite, copper and turquoise.

I took some end pieces that had live edge, cut a mortise and tenon on each. I used my dado blade to cut the tenons, very cool! Bored the mortise with my powermatic mortiser, so nice to have. They joined together like four arms joined. The base was rabbeted a 1/4” and thin piece of baltic birch ply attached. The tenons are not glued, the base holds everyone together. I added a couple of turquoise gems to the gnarled ends. Finished down to 600, used watco oils and finished with several rubbings of Waterlox. Place a few silicone dots on the bottom to keep it from marring the table surface plus it makes it appear to be floating on the table.



Thanks for viewing.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#1 posted 07-05-2020 10:37 PM

Whoa, that whole thing is amazing.

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#2 posted 07-06-2020 12:03 AM

Just naturally beautiful.. both the sculpture and the base. I love mesquite!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#3 posted 07-06-2020 12:04 AM

Nice – so that’s what mesquite looks like

-- 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 07-06-2020 01:50 AM

Very nice. I like the joinery you came up with.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 07-06-2020 01:55 AM

Gnarled and charred? ends with the turquoise really tie in nicely with the copper.
Great piece!

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#6 posted 07-06-2020 03:26 AM

Both pieces are beautiful. Your base goes real good with the vase. Great job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#7 posted 07-06-2020 02:21 PM

Love the copper, and the wood looks great! Great job.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#8 posted 07-06-2020 04:44 PM

Another sweet piece from the Tucson mesquite master.
Did you ever get up to CG to visit Deadwood Salvage? He’s raised his bf price but, still around $5. And he cuts generously.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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