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ElectroCuted Bud Vase

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Project by SawTooth1953 posted 10-07-2017 06:31 AM 689 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Perhaps you’ve already seen what 12,000 volts of electricity does when passed through wood… You can find info on the web and YouTube. It has different names like ‘Lightning wood’, ‘Thunder Wood’, ‘electrified wood’, etc. I call mine “ElectroCute”.

This is my project with electricity as the theme. It is a collage of ideas gleaned from Steve Good’s scroll saw blog site.

I eviscerated a bulb for the bud base. I made a stand of oak, with lightning bolts as sides, which I then “ElectroCuted” using the output of a variac that feeds the input of a neon sign transformer (max output 12,000VAC@30mA). The flower is oak, pine, and wenge.
It got a 3rd place ribbon at the 2017 Midwest Scrollers Picnic in Dubuque, IA.

-- Spence in Skokie, IL





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dustyal

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#1 posted 10-07-2017 11:20 AM

Very interesting application. I have seen the electrocution method but generally on turned pieces. Nicely done. The bud vase is innovative also.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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tomb8

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#2 posted 10-07-2017 01:54 PM

Excellant, congratulations.

-- TomB

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#3 posted 10-07-2017 02:39 PM

Nice work! This is very attractive.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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woodbutcherbynight

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#4 posted 10-08-2017 12:43 AM

Cool. Congrats on your award.

Myself I am not really into deliberately playing with 12,000 VAC, even at 30mA. Notice I wrote DELIBERATELY. That is not to say I have not been hammered a time or two by modern day spark plug coil systems while working on cars.

LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 10-08-2017 05:34 AM

Such complex project. The wood looks great and flower too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Bob Collins

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#6 posted 10-08-2017 08:36 AM

WOW Spencer another DT3. A nice combination of your skills, nice burning on the stand which adds to the lightning bolts. Great all round project.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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