Not as simple as it looked

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Project by JimRochester posted 12-24-2015 01:18 PM 852 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You know how you’re always looking for that project that looks complicated but is actually quite simple to make? Well this isn’t one of them. For Christmas I try to make a project that will look good and be appreciated but still something I can make a lot of between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This Asian inspired bud vase was from the last issue of Woodcraft and looked like a good one. First of all the top and bottom pieces are cold laminated from Mahogany and need to be clamped for at least 4 hours, so it took almost 2 weeks just to prepare those, I should have made several jigs for simultaneous clamping instead. The plans call for bandsawing a curve in the piece. I couldn’t get good contact even after sanding so I spent one whole day making a template then using the router to get a smoother matching curve, twelve vases x 2 sides, x 2 separate passes each side was 48 total passes on the router. After all that, the end grain to flat grain still would not hold well. Bottom was easy I used screws. Some of tops I’m using brads. To make a way too long story short, I was still spraying a lacquer finish on it last night so I could get them wrapped today.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#1 posted 12-24-2015 01:20 PM

Looks great. I will be cutting wood for a project that I hope I can finish Christmas day.

Merry Christmas!

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 12-24-2015 08:16 PM

All that trouble makes them that much more special! Great job as usual!

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#3 posted 12-26-2015 10:20 PM

They turned out great.

-- Roger Gaborski,

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#4 posted 12-26-2015 11:53 PM

Those are nice vases to say the least!
Yes, they do look simple but your explanation disproved that!

The body wood is Zebra wood?

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#5 posted 12-27-2015 04:45 AM

Thank you for the compliments. They were given out yesterday and today and everyone liked them. The body is zebrawood, the accents are mahogany with one coat of General finishes black gel stain.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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