|Project by RussJohnson||posted 05-19-2015 02:19 AM||858 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
Anniversary was coming up, and I wanted to give the wife something special that she would enjoy. I remembered seeing a YouTube video by Steve Carmichael and decided to try it for myself.
His design is very well thought out and with his printable templates it’s also pretty easy. The only thing I would recommend is watch the video a couple of times to figure out the order of cuts and glue ups (it gets complicated) and review the video before each step. Basically you glue up a rectangular block of wood with a cross section that resembles a “plus sign” out of a light wood and dark wood. Then you remove all the wood that is not part of the vase (video explains it much better than I can).
I went with some scrap African “mahogany” and maple instead of the redwood and pine that Steve did. If I had to do it again I would go redwood and maple, with thinner maple stripes. My 1/4 inch bandsaw blade had a hell of a time plowing through all that hardwood, so I switched to my 1/2 inch, but that cost me a lot of maneuverability. I ended up having to do a ridiculous amount of relief cuts to get the tight turns done in the confined spaces required.
Also, I may try and do the Steve Ramsey flower pot thing and epoxy the insides so she can put real flowers in there.