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Project by mel52 posted 08-26-2021 03:00 AM 1025 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Piece of Eastern Red Cedar from one of my trees – dead for four years. 9 1/2 X 3 3/4 inchs. Sanded to 400 then Triple EEE, finished with a couple coats of buffed wax. Cedar is hard enough to work and this piece had different sizes of knots, hardnesses, and wild grain which made it a little more difficult than usual. Had to work it slower than usual, but it came out pretty good. Setting at my mother’s house now. I burned in two lines to offset the verticle grain a little.

-- MEL, Kansas





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LittleBlackDuck

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#1 posted 08-26-2021 08:50 AM

Never been one for turning bowls/vases… While I respect turners for their efforts in weird-ass glue-ups, I more appreciate the natural beauty of the original timber.

That is from one nice chunk of wood… and maybe real plants may not look too out of place.


Piece of Eastern Red Cedar from one of my trees – dead for four years.
- mel52

Lucky you didn’t turn it into a coffin and bury it those years ago.

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

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recycle1943

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#2 posted 08-26-2021 10:50 AM

beautiful end result for a dead limb

-- 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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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 08-26-2021 12:43 PM

Very attractive vase, Mel. Nice work on it!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#4 posted 08-26-2021 01:52 PM

Excellent vase Mel. The artificial plants couldn’t have a better home.

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

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#5 posted 08-26-2021 02:22 PM

real nice vase,love the colors in that cedar.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#6 posted 08-26-2021 02:38 PM

Nice project using that recovered cedar…

Beautiful piece…Fun finding the hidden beauty…Well done…Those burn lines are a good addition…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#7 posted 08-26-2021 03:17 PM

Beautifully turned and finished Mel!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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mel52

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#8 posted 08-26-2021 05:50 PM

LBD – Thanks for the comment – I actually have a glass tube ordered for it to to do just that, be able to put live flowers in it. The Cedar we have around here seems to have quite a few knots, etc. in it to make the wood really stand out. Mike

-- MEL, Kansas

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mel52

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#9 posted 08-26-2021 05:58 PM

recycle1943 – Jim Jakosh – doubleDD – pottz – mtnwild – luv2learn – Thanks for the kind comments, they are greatly appreciated. I still have a lot of Cedar lying around of different sizes, who knows whats next

-- MEL, Kansas

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LittleBlackDuck

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#10 posted 08-26-2021 10:41 PM



LBD – Thanks for the comment – I actually have a glass tube ordered for it to to do just that, be able to put live flowers in it. The Cedar we have around here seems to have quite a few knots, etc. in it to make the wood really stand out. Mike

- mel52


You may have guessed from my comment that I am not a flower child (though I grew up in that era) and believe that gardens are the domain of dog/cat crap, worms and weeds… and if you’re rc in Queensland, out of control cars.

I would have just stuffed the fresh cuts into the vase and not even considered water... naturally I would not waste my vino.

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

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Cliff

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#11 posted 08-29-2021 12:16 PM

Mike…... That is a Beauty….The shape looks nice and Symmetrical. You did some good Turning too.
The 2 lines burned in was a nice touch. I am amazed at the Grain and Colours. The knots enhance the appearance of the Vase.
You Mom will really enjoy putting Dried plants etc in it. The finish looks great too.
Great Project…Regards…...Cliff.

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

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mel52

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#12 posted 08-30-2021 03:14 AM

Cliff – Thanks for the comments. Our trees around here go through a lot of weather related stuff which I think has to do alot with the knots and twisted grain patterns.

-- MEL, Kansas

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