Valentines bud vase

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Project by MarkJ posted 02-14-2012 02:13 PM 2530 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a pretty quick and easy valentine’s day present once you discount all the gluing time. It’s walnut and oak. It was my first time doing this sort of shaping on the bandsaw and what you don’t see is the other side of the vase where I cut right into one of the walnut strips. I’ll pay more attention next time I layout the cut lines!

It’s just a test tube in the center to hold the flower and water.

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#1 posted 02-14-2012 02:22 PM

Very nice symmetry on the vase, good job.

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#2 posted 02-14-2012 03:03 PM

Nice, great idea, mite have to try this.

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#3 posted 02-15-2012 12:01 AM

Great job, very well done! Thanks for posting!

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#4 posted 02-15-2012 01:29 AM

nice effort and it looks good too

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#5 posted 03-08-2012 04:34 AM

Most of the projects I see, I can say “He did this, he did that, and he was REALLY patient doing that.” With yours, I can’t piece it together. Started with an oak block, cut it into …9 pieces on the band saw? and then…just glued in some 1/8” walnut, not worrying about it breaking?! O_o

Sorry, I’m only 1.5 years into woodworking, and I’m still having trouble making things square haha Give me a hint?

-- Adam, Rochester NY

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#6 posted 03-08-2012 07:25 PM

Hey Adam, it’s easier than it looks and it is just a series of steps. You either start off with a big block of oak (which is actually ash here, I apparently had a brain fart when posting this originally) or do like I did and glue up several off cuts until you have a big block of ash. Next, draw 2 wavy lines on one face and cut to those lines with the bandsaw. Now resaw a couple pieces of walnut to about 1/8” or so and glue the block back together with the walnut sandwiched in. As long as the curves are not too radical and the walnut is not too thick, it will bend to those curves without cracking. Once that glue up is done, you do the exact same thing on a face perpendicular to the one you just worked on. Once that is done, I laid out the final shape on two perpendicular faces and cut it out on the band saw.

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#7 posted 03-08-2012 08:32 PM

Ahhh! See, my imagination was being too impatient—I hadn’t considered doing it in steps. Makes sense now. One more idea to add to my arsenal of tricks! Thanks for the inspiration :-)

P.S. On a completely different topic, pretend I know nothing about photography; how did you manage to get such a shallow depth of field in your photos? I know it’s something to do with aperture, but I doubt my pocket-sized canons could do that…anyway, it definitely adds professionalism to the photos, nice touch.

-- Adam, Rochester NY

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#8 posted 03-09-2012 01:17 AM

Thanks, photography is my other money pit (hobby). Shallow depth of field definitely follows a wide open aperture (small F-stop number), but the image sensor size also comes into play which I think is mostly why a point and shoot camera typically can’t get quite the same result that you can get on a DSLR (in terms of shallow depth of field that is).

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#9 posted 03-09-2012 09:43 PM

WOAH, now that I understand how you put it together, I understand the “I cut right into one of the walnut strips” comment. If you went all the way through, the vertical line becomes horizontal, eh? That’s neat! It’s a bit frightening how much this intrigues me xD

-- Adam, Rochester NY

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#10 posted 09-08-2018 09:39 PM

Adam I really like it. I have a nice chunk of Koa just waiting for this. Thanks for the idea

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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