Two Vases and a Candy Box

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Project by Combo Prof posted 06-02-2015 01:38 AM 968 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

  • First vase was made from discarded bamboo flooring, with mahogany splines and trim. Insert was a bud vase that my wife found at a thrift shop.
  • Second vase surrounds a square jelly jar. It is red maple, with honey locust splines and trim.
  • The candy box is made for an Australian friend who will meet me next week in Las Vegas. It contains his favorite candy bar, the payday. Payday candy bars are unavailable (or at least very difficult to find) in Australia. (He is an ex-patriot born in North Dakota.) The wood is Walnut and Birds-eye maple, with Brazilian red-heart splines. The lifter is dove tailed.

Thanks for looking.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#1 posted 06-02-2015 05:12 AM

Nice projects, all, Don! The box is especially elegant, nothing to do with the candy, either ;-) Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 06-02-2015 09:01 AM

Don, what a filne present you have created. I am sure your friend will appreciate your thoughtfulness. You have done a nice job of choosing contrasting woods and the finish looks great. I like the idea of varied spline lengths. It adds to the look, and the proportions of these pieces is pleasant. They all have that “used bar of soap” look that I seem to like so much. Keep boxing and keep posting. Enjoy your trip.

-- Big Al in IN

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Combo Prof

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#3 posted 06-02-2015 08:31 PM

CFrye. This box did come out spectacular at the end. In the middle of the project I was worried. BTW the birds-eye maple (which goes like weeds here) was included with that 100 bf of ash and oak I got for $20. There were these two very used tongue and groove birds-eye maple 8’ boards out of which I cut off 15” , re-sawed, and planed to make the top and bottom. Always nice to repurpose pretty wood.

Al Thanks. The varied splines on the bamboo vase I think look particularly nice. My wife won’t give this one up. (As long as I keep it filled with flowers that is.) The red-maple vase I think looks a little chunky. It size was dictated by the jelly jar insert. The red-heart was last minute fortunate decision. This may cost me a fortune, but I really like working with read heart. ITs a spectacular surprise when you cut into it, glues and shapes well. I chose to make the lifter as I did because my friend has arthritic in both hands.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#4 posted 06-02-2015 11:03 PM

Very nice looking projects. I really like the vases, very simple but good looking.

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#5 posted 06-07-2015 09:49 AM

The vases are beautiful! They look so natural, I have to make some for my wife.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Combo Prof

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#6 posted 06-07-2015 03:16 PM

Thanks, fisherdoug09 and majuvla. I really do like the Bamboo flooring vase the proportion I think are better.
I have plans to cut off the tops of small diameter oil and vinegar bottles for the inserts should I decide to make more.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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