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Project by Cliff posted 09-19-2015 10:00 AM 641 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had some small logs of Chinese Elm that a Neighbour gave me when they had a Chinese Elm Tree cut down. The wood had sat in my rack for nearly two years and I was keen to make something from it. I don’t know whether to call it a Vase or a Bowl but I think Vase sounds OK.
From Lip to Foot it is 5 inches (12.5 cm) in Height. 5 3/4 inches (14.5 cm) Diameter across the outside Lip and 3 inches ( 7.5 cm) deep. After sanding it is finished with 6 coats of Danish Oil also sanded between the first 3 coats. I like Danish Oil as it is very easy to apply but I think it would be good to have a go at using Wood Turning polishes and Wax after having observed the beautiful finishes that other Lumber Jocks have achieved on their projects.

Kind regards to all Lumber Jocks.

Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.





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#1 posted 09-19-2015 10:58 AM

Nice vase Cliff. like the finish you have on this one. I have 6 Chinese Elms as a wind break in the yard, and by the look of that grain they might get a trimming. Very nice bit of turning mate.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#2 posted 09-19-2015 01:06 PM

That wood has some wild look about it. Nice work!!

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#3 posted 09-19-2015 02:38 PM

Cliff, the grain on this is gorgeous! If hubby sees this he’ll be cutting down all of our Chinese Elm! He’s been wanting to for years, anyway. They were planted as a hedge and quickly got out of control! What went into your decision to turn it in a spindle orientation? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 09-20-2015 12:37 AM

Pretty vase and great finish.I love the grain in that wood!!

Cliff after a finishing presentation at our guild, I now use Danish oil as the first coat in finishing to make the grain pop!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Cliff

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#5 posted 09-20-2015 01:21 AM

G’day Bob. Thank you for your comments. Always appreciated. Wow!!!!! you have 6 Chinese Elm in your yard!!!
I think I can see you doing some Tree Trimming soon as the fruits of your labour would be a nice stash of wood for future use.
Bob, are the Chinese Elm in Victoria very tall. Up here in Qld they can be over 10 metres in height and the root system plays havoc with concrete paths and sewerage pipes.
Looking forward to viewing your next project.
Regards,

Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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Cliff

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#6 posted 09-20-2015 01:25 AM

Thanks Hairy. Yes that wood does have a wild look about it. I quite enjoyed working with it so hopefully I can make something else from Chinese Elm in the near future.
Regards,

Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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Cliff

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#7 posted 09-20-2015 02:15 AM

Hi Candy, Yes the Grain is lovely. I was quite surprised as I thought that after cutting the log it would reveal a white timber. But the light and dark colours and swirling of the grain was a very pleasant surprise. I have a feeling that you may be in for a stockpile of nice timber If Hubby cuts down the Chinese Elm.
How big do Chinese Elm grow in America and I wonder if it is the same species in both Continents. I will have a look on the net as I am quite curious about this tree.

My decision to Turn in Spindle Orientation came about after I had planned to create a large lidded box so the end grain would be where the lid fitted to the body of the box….Alas!!!! I soon discovered that my deep hollowing abilities were not yet competent enough, so I changed direction and aimed for a Bowl or a Vase. I think I would call the end result a Vase. So I put a few wriggly Turnings on the sides and made the shape wide at the top and tapering down to a narrow base, a bit like those old desert glass bowls. My big mistake was in not curling out the foot to give the vase a finished look, but I guess we learn by mistakes and learn by experience. But it was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed the attempt.
Looking forward to seeing more of your projects Candy.

Kind regards,

Cliff.
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-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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Cliff

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#8 posted 09-20-2015 02:26 AM

Hi Jim, Thank you. Yes the grain is nice….Jim I was very interested in your comment about your application of Danish Oil. Do you sand and go from there or do you put friction polish and wax after the Danish Oil. I would like to try different methods of polish but I had found that the quick Friction Polish lost it’s gloss after awhile….I must be doing something wrong.

Regards,

Cliff

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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Monte Pittman

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#9 posted 09-20-2015 03:24 AM

I use a lot of elm. I really like it. Beautiful piece.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Cliff

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#10 posted 09-20-2015 08:49 AM

Monte, Thank you for your nice comments.

Regards,

Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#11 posted 09-20-2015 08:30 PM

I do like the vase Cliff. I think Elm is sometimes underrated as to its beauty. Great finish too, and I know what you mean by trying new techniques.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Cliff

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#12 posted 09-20-2015 08:36 PM

Thanks Dave, Much appreciated. Have started on a very basic lidded box. An off cut from the vase, so if all goes well, I will post it as a project.

Regards,

Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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