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Two Wooden Vases from Elm Slab

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Project by jaysuzi posted 01-18-2016 09:42 PM 666 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This design is inspired by Woodsmith magazine. This is made from a slab of Elm that we purchased as part of a fund raiser. It was a massive old tree in the Moravian Cemetery in the historic town of Nazareth, Pennsylvania. It fell after a huge storm. The wood was a bit of a challenge to work with as it was only about 4 inches with the grain, so it made it difficult to mill. I was able to get several small projects out of it. These two vases are probably the end of the usable material.

-- Jay in Pennsylvania, http://hobby4charity.org/





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#1 posted 01-18-2016 09:48 PM

Nice looking vase, what type of finish did you use?

-- Vince

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#2 posted 01-19-2016 12:20 AM

Vince,
Thank you. I used General Finishes Arm R Seal thinned down and wiped on. Just enough to protect, but I didn’t want to lose the natural look of the wood.

-- Jay in Pennsylvania, http://hobby4charity.org/

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#3 posted 01-19-2016 05:28 AM

Nice looking vase Jay Did you make it like a band saw box by cutting off the front and back and cutting out the area for flowers and glue everything back together?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#4 posted 01-19-2016 06:59 AM

the eye
mine says i want it : )

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#5 posted 01-19-2016 07:05 AM

lovely

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#6 posted 01-19-2016 07:09 AM

to save a piece of wood that is as unique as the spirits you live with
gives it soulful meanings that sometimes live through the eons
i call it star dust : )

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#7 posted 01-19-2016 02:05 PM

Larry,

Thank you. No, these can be made with any 3/4” lumber. You basically glue up a square blank that is made of a 6” x 6” x 3/4” piece for the front and back, 1 1/2” x 6” x 3/4” for each side in the middle and a 1 1/2” x 3” x 3/4” piece for the bottom (thus forming the opening). It is also helpful to have a 1 1/2” x 3/4” scrap in the top to hold the side parallel while gluing and clamping (just be careful not to glue them in). After the blank is dry, I like to square it up and then cut it out with a band saw. The pattern is at:
http://www.woodsmith.com/files/issues/210/sculpted-vase-pattern.pdf
I like to do the sides first. Then have it standing, I do the top. I then using packing tape to tape some of the cut offs back on for stability and do the arch at the top. Then it comes down to a bunch of sanding.

-- Jay in Pennsylvania, http://hobby4charity.org/

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