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Project by Cliff posted 07-21-2021 01:23 AM 399 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About two years ago a Neighbour was clearing trees from their yard and gave me some small logs. Not sure what tree It was but it is very heavy wood.
I thought I would have a go at making a large Vase. The Log was 12 inches long. The Vase is 9 1/2 inches in length and 4 inches in diameter. Depth is 7 inches. I drilled the hole with a series of Forstener Bits until the Diameter of the hole was big enough to fit the glass insert…(Chillie Sauce Bottle) I allowed plenty of wriggle room for comfortable removing and replacing of insert.
I will give the Vase to my Neighbours.

The Vase is finished with about 4 coats of Food Safe Bench Top Varnish, softy rubbed between coats with 0000 Steel Wool.

Kind regards to all Lumber Jocks….....Cliff

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

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#1 posted 07-21-2021 04:51 AM

Great vase and the finish makes it look like you turned it out of glass. Great job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#2 posted 07-21-2021 07:12 AM

That third photo shows off the beauty of the timber Cliff.
Nicely done sir

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#3 posted 07-21-2021 07:53 AM

I’m not a turning person Cliff since I got stoned for sneaking out of the wardrobe…
but I couldn’t resist the association. You gotta call it LANGM... LOG A NEIGBOUR GAVE ME… now push me back in that closet!

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

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#4 posted 07-21-2021 11:25 AM

mel52 Thanks Mike..Much appreciated. My photography leaves a lot to be desired. When I look at the actual vase it looks much better than the photo. I will have to experiment, its just the phone camera, but there must be some settings I can check on.

crowie Thanks Peter, Yes its amazing how the same project can look different in different pictures.

LittleBlackDuck LANGM…That’s a good word…I should put a Sign on the Lamp Post and say…Deliver your LANGM’SHere.

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

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#5 posted 07-21-2021 01:27 PM

Nice work Cliff with a stray log from the neighbor. kind of looks like our pear wood. I’m gonna save my next hot sauce bottle just for the occasion, that’s a good idea. Your neighbor will much rather have the vase than the log. LOL.
Nice shiny finish.

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

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#6 posted 07-22-2021 02:29 AM

doubleDD Thanks Dave, I had been leaning more to a soft matt finish lately but a shiny finish seemed to be good for a vase.
My Photography need a bit more practice ..I noticed the Colour of the Wood is darker and not real clear in the first 2 pictures.

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 07-22-2021 03:37 AM

That is a beauty, Cliff. Good idea on the wiggle room. I made a vase once with a glass tube insert and the wood was not quite dry and I made too close of a fit. The wood moved and broke the glass insert.

Cheer,s Jim

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

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#8 posted 07-22-2021 10:13 AM

Jim Jakosh …..Thanks Jim. Yes I thought as the Vase was to be a gift for a Neighbour, it would be dreadful if they broke the glass and cut their finger. My photography leaves a lot to be desired, but I have been experimenting and hopefully the pictures of my next project will be an improvement.

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

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#9 posted 07-23-2021 05:19 AM

Very nice, it came out beautiful. One thing you might try is to always have the light at your back (behind you). The windows behind your vase is shining light towards the camera lens and it compensates by making the picture darker than it should be. Even the flash on your phone should help a bit.

-- John D, OP, KS

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