Glued up a panel from a Vine

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Project by JohnMcClure posted 04-25-2017 01:27 AM 719 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Where I live, Trumpet Vines creep up the sides of trees whenever they can. Left unchecked, they dig into the tree bark and grow alongside it to the point that a tree can become deformed.
I cut all the trumpet vines on my property a couple years back, and one of them had a section that was particularly straight, for a trumpet vine that is. I saved it for no particular reason, and last weekend decided to try out my #4 plane on the vine, just to see what was under that nasty, fibrous bark.

Turns out it was wood! Interesting looking wood.

This project was simple enough, I cut a few lengths of the vine, hand planed them square roughly 1”x3/4”, and glued them up.
I could only think of one thing to do with vine wood, and that was engrave (CNC) something viney on it.

Three coats of shellac, black paint infill so the lettering stands out, gave it to someone who would appreciate it.

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#1 posted 04-25-2017 02:24 AM

Very clever. It came out great. Would you do it again?

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 04-25-2017 12:08 PM

I once visited a hardwood lumber store in California who, believe it or not, had a narrow board in a display case of rare woods that had been sawn from poison ivy. Congrats on a unique piece and the use of an appropriate Bible verse.

-- I thought you said there was no metal in this log !!!!!!!!!!!!

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#3 posted 04-25-2017 01:44 PM

Looks like a vine piece of work. (Sorry, I couldn’t restrain myself.). Actually, it’s always fun to see someone do something with what most of us would just consider useless. A clever idea, and it looks great.

-- Ride the bevel!

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#4 posted 04-25-2017 07:53 PM

Great Project! I love using unconventional woods – like my canes made from a rose bush and the walking stick from honeysuckle (considered an invasive woody shrub in my area). I have more on my drying rack. It is nice to see someone else using a material that will make people re-think what it takes to be classified as wood. Thanks for sharing. I will have to take a closer look at my trumpet vines.

-- Leafherder

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#5 posted 04-26-2017 09:57 AM

Very appropriate verse! I’d hang that on my wall. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 06-03-2017 10:23 AM

This wall plaque turned out beautifully. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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