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My lathe journeys. #20: ... was gonna turn a vase, ended up with a cup! :-)

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Blog entry by JoeinGa posted 02-24-2015 08:08 PM 1784 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Glued up layers of maple and cedar. Figured the red/white would make a nice contrast in the colors.
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Had in my mind to turn a vase, wide at the top and narrow at the bottom. But the more I turned, fighting my way thru some pretty nasty catches with the tool, it soon became clear that this was NOT gonna be a vase.
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Because of a few cracks in the maple that I didn’t see when gluing up the blanks, I had to take a lot from the lower-middle section, so it started looking more like a big cup than a vase.
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Once I had the shape of the outside I decided to go ahead and sand it to see what it was going to look like. Dont’cha just LOVE IT when that Danish oil first hits and the colors just POP out at you?
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Got the inside turned and sanded, then wiped Danish oil in there too.
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And here’s the finished project with 3 coats of rattle-can lacquer on it. This one is 7” tall and 4.5” across the top.
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Took me a minute to figure out what that white line at the bottom right side is. It’s NOT a crack. It’s a reflection from the string of LED lights under my kitchen cabinets and with them turned off the pictures are too dark.
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Again, thanks for looking. Comments, critiques, and complaints welcomed.
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#1 posted 02-24-2015 08:53 PM

Wow that is really beautiful.

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#2 posted 02-24-2015 09:34 PM

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#3 posted 02-24-2015 09:50 PM

Looks great. Good job. I think maybe the same thing happened to God. He started to make a man and ended up with a monkey. Sorry cant give you a verse for that one.

-- Ed, Dawson Creek “It is easier to get forgiveness than permission”

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#4 posted 02-24-2015 11:25 PM

Thanks guys… That’s FUNNY, Ed!

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#5 posted 02-25-2015 12:00 AM

Very nice.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#6 posted 02-25-2015 12:00 AM

you are sure getting good at this turning stuff joe
better save some firewood though
it’s still snowing out west here

you do have a good eye for form
your works are smooth and flowing

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 02-25-2015 12:12 AM

Thank you Dale and David

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#8 posted 02-25-2015 02:09 AM

Wow, that’s a beaut. The colors in this one stands out. Job accomplished.
I don’t know why but I’m getting an erg for a milkshake.

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#9 posted 02-25-2015 02:12 PM

Very nice!!

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#10 posted 02-25-2015 03:21 PM

Thanks Dave and Ed.

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#11 posted 02-25-2015 04:16 PM

That came out great Joe and the finish is very nice too.

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#12 posted 07-28-2015 08:39 AM

That’s super, Joe. And the glass in the bottom has wrinkled my little brain.
Many’s the vase that became a mug that became a cup. Or, the wine glass that became a martini glass.

I cut it twice and it’s still too short.

-- Mark

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