Turned Wood Slice Vase

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Project by Bill Duane Brooks posted 07-18-2014 04:17 PM 1966 views 14 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a vase I made on my lathe. The body of the vase is made of mesquite and epoxy resin with a coffee ground filler in the resin. The top rim is mahogany with an accent stripe below that of hard maple. The vase is 11” in height and 9 1/2” in diameter. The wall thickness is approximately 1/3”. The limb slices are also mesquite ranging in size from 5/8” to 1 1/8”.

-- duane

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#1 posted 07-18-2014 04:21 PM

nice vase!


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#2 posted 07-18-2014 04:47 PM

Welcome to lumberjocks.
A very unique vase you have turned.
Would you care to share the type/brand of epoxy you used?

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#3 posted 07-18-2014 04:54 PM

Actually it is Bondo fiberglass resin purchased at Walmart in the automotive dept. I mixed it in 2 oz batches with 1 oz coffee grounds right out of the can. Be sure to use the proper amount of catylist.

-- duane

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#4 posted 07-18-2014 05:02 PM

I will have to give this a try sometime.
Thanks for the resin info.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#5 posted 07-18-2014 05:07 PM

Hi Duane, I like this vase. Very nice. Did you use a filler for the center, rather than cutting through all that epoxy?

I would love to get some mesquite. It is very difficult to obtain in Canada.

Thanks for sharing.

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#6 posted 07-18-2014 07:01 PM

Excellent project!Wonderful idea and execution!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 07-18-2014 08:05 PM

Nice design and nicely turned too Duane

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 07-18-2014 08:45 PM

Nice technique. I will have to give the coffee ground trick a try on my next project… a coffee table no less.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#9 posted 07-19-2014 11:02 AM

Never used a lathe yet, so I can’t comment on technique, but your vase caught my eye because it’s so striking.
Nicely done.

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#10 posted 07-19-2014 11:56 AM

Great work!

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#11 posted 07-19-2014 01:27 PM

Great looking vase! I’d love to see a video on the epoxy and limbs.

-- David

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#12 posted 07-19-2014 01:59 PM

That’s a beautiful vase, but I can’t “wrap my head’ around the technique used for the epoxy and limb slices.
Very creative indeed!

-- Dennie - Tennessee - My Daddy always said, "Son, you can air condition a cotton patch if you've got enough money!

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#13 posted 07-20-2014 08:32 PM

I like this very much and the idea of forming shapes like this using resin, making a mosaic of sorts gives me some ideas. Just wait until I share this with my artist wife. Thanks for posting.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#14 posted 07-23-2014 05:52 AM

Can you be any more specific on the resin you used?

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#15 posted 07-23-2014 12:55 PM

The resin used is simply Fiberglas resin (brand name Bondo) available at auto stores, even at Walmart. I mix according to directions on the can. I then stir in coffee grounds about 1 part grounds to 2 parts resin by volume.

-- duane

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