Olive vase

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Project by DBinESCON posted 06-18-2014 10:24 PM 1278 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This 8-1/2” x 4” vase was turned from a piece of olive that was still somewhat green. It was soaked in a boiled lenseed – mineral spirits mixture for 24 hours then sealed with a shallac – boiled linseed oil mixture.

The shape was somewhat determined by a 1-3/4” x 7” glass vase insert purchased from Craft Supply.

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#1 posted 06-19-2014 01:09 AM


What tools do you use for hollowing?

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#2 posted 06-19-2014 01:55 AM


This one was easy, almost cheating. Because the inside has a 1-3/4” glass vase insert, I just used a 1-7/8” Forstner bit. I initially thought about hollowing out the entire vase, but I thought it might be wise to keep the inside a cylinder so the glass couldn’t move, and the added weight would keep the vase from tipping over.

For the Blue Pine vase I posted several months ago I used a hollowing bar purchased from Captain Eddie and a couple of round carbide cutters to make the walls 3/16” thick.

Thanks for looking.

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#3 posted 06-19-2014 06:35 AM

That is one beautiful piece of wood.
Good thinking about the core for the glass insert.
Great job and I love the finish.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#4 posted 06-19-2014 09:08 AM

Nicely turned and beautiful wood. Olive is hard to beat for looks. My MIL brought some home for me from a vacation in Spain many years ago. I was turning it when I hit a big live slug inside which splashed all over my face. If I ever get any olive wood again I’ll be sure to wear a face mask!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 06-19-2014 03:03 PM

Looks great, the classic simple shape offsets the beauty of the wood.

-- Dreaming patterns

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#6 posted 06-21-2014 02:07 AM

I love olive wood. What did a piece that big run you?

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#7 posted 06-21-2014 04:59 AM

The cost of the olive was zero. It came out of an acquaintance’s fire wood pile. “One man’s trash (or in this case firewood) is another man’s treasure.”

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