Ash and Padauk Vase

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Project by RichardH posted 03-12-2010 04:37 AM 1553 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

6.5”W x 2.25”H

Confession on this one…Every now and then I kind of rush the final carving the inside of a hollow vessel and instead of stopping to measure the wall thickness, I overtrust the “zen of turning” and pop!, right through the side wall as pieces fly across the garage…

So begins the life of this turning. The top piece of ash was actually the bottom of a fairly large hollow vase with sharp angles at both the top and the bottom. I punched through the side of it and only the bottom inch and a half “survived”. I almost threw it into the scrap pile, but instead set it aside and probably 6 months went by until I was making a few Padauk plates and decided to marry the two together.

Can’t say I love the final shape here, but I feel pretty good about giving this one a second chance.

-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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#1 posted 03-12-2010 04:39 AM

Great Lookin Vessel

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#2 posted 03-12-2010 04:42 AM

Nive vase. Good save.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#3 posted 03-12-2010 05:00 AM

Nice vessel! I did the same thing to a very nice looking walnut piece and still waiting for the right piece to come along and rescue the fair damsel.


-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 03-12-2010 05:09 AM

Great save! The color and grain make this a beautiful piece regardless of shape.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 03-12-2010 05:18 AM

wow, gorgeous… absolutely stunning….

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#6 posted 03-12-2010 05:41 AM

I know what you mean about getting lazy about measuring. Just went through the side of one and the bottom on another I do like the “Design Opportunity” you took with this piece. I like the look of the Padauk but is sure is messy when sanding and gets everywhere. Thanks for sharing

-- Robert, So Cal, My Turn or Yours.....

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#7 posted 03-12-2010 05:52 AM

Very nice. I don’t think I have ever seen Ash and Padauk together and it is something that I never would have thought of myself – but they really go together nicely.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#8 posted 03-12-2010 05:54 AM

I like it and I think you are on to something. Originally it was supposed to be a vessel. Now, married with the other piece, it’s more like a vase. You have just made an awsome looking VASELL!
Very smooth and shiney…........I would like to touch it.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#9 posted 03-12-2010 06:01 AM

Thanks all for the comments everyone!

Ohwoodeye, I love your Vasell comment – I’ll have to use it in the future to identify some of my oddballs that don’t exactly fit one category or the other.

As to finish, I usually use oil or oil and varnish finishes (very fond of Tried and True Varnish Oil) and this is my first project to use wipe on poly. Heck, why not experiment with everything while I’m at it on this. It is sanded through 800 grit and buffed with white tripoli compound.

-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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#10 posted 03-12-2010 06:48 AM

A real beauty there, nice job.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#11 posted 03-12-2010 06:53 PM

Very pretty turning.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 03-21-2011 07:31 PM

So what is the secret to getting the finish that glossy?


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#13 posted 03-21-2011 08:01 PM

Hi AG, Getting a relatively high gloss finish on my turnings boils down to 3 things:
1. Sand well. From what I’ve found, I don’t get a very high gloss finish unless I sand beyond 400 grit (usually I go at least to 600 or 800)
2. Use high gloss finish. Some favorites for high gloss are General Finishes Arm-R-Seal, Waterlox high gloss, and any high gloss wipe on polyurathane.
3. Let it dry really well between coats. If it is tacky when you add the next coat, it tends to make the overall finish cloudy. I like using at least 3-4 very thin coats. if you have a softer wood, you may even want to start with some kind of sanding sealer.
4. After the last coat dries really well, you can get that final gloss using a cloth buffing wheel ( I generally use a a relatively inexpensive Bealle buffer running on my lathe)


-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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#14 posted 03-22-2011 04:36 PM

I can’t find 400-800 grit for my ROS, Do you do it by hand or use a sheet sander?

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#15 posted 03-22-2011 05:29 PM

I use Norton 3x sheets for my 150, 220, 330, and 400 grits. I use Norton SandWet sheets for my 600 and 800 sanding (note that I personally can’t tell a huge difference much above 600 grit, but I seem to usually sand to 800 anyway). I do most of my sanding on the lathe, so the lathe is doing most of the work for me. When I don’t use the lathe, it’s mostly hand sanding, but note that it is not too bad at the higher grits as you are only removing tiny marks made by the previous sandpaper and not really removing any substantial material. Sanding really really good on the lower grits is the key to easy sanding at the higher grits. I often blow off all the dust and examine closely between grits – have learned the hard way if you dont, you may sand up to 600 only to have to drop back to 220/330 to remove some imperfection that you didn’t spot.


-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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