A new bus vase/tea light design and some boxes, etc.

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Project by ellen35 posted 07-16-2010 01:58 AM 2056 views 8 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are a few things I have been working on over the past month.
The first 2 are bud vase/tea light combinations in purpleheart and
maple. The design came to me during one of my sleepless nights!
They look a little askew but that is camera angle. They are
cut at a 30 degree angle on each end and can be used separately or in
a row. I already have some ideas on improvements to this design.
The larger tea box is tigrillo and purpleheart and the darker one is
chontiquero. Just a couple of boxes. Finally, I tried my hand at a
tray. This one is cherry and purpleheart with a contrasting walnut
center stripe. I have another cut out with cherry and walnut with
the contrasting purpleheart stripe. Everything is finished in either
danish oil with a final coat of wipe on poly, or in the case of the
tray, just 4 coats of wipe on poly and a lot of hand rubbed wax!
Thanks for looking.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#1 posted 07-16-2010 02:12 AM

can i be the first im trying…these are fantastic..i love the tray…wish you would shoot a different angle so we can see the handles a little better…but fantastic work….maybe you can serve me a drink on the tray……mt dew on the rocks please…ha…love it ellen…i hope it all sells….grizz p.s what is chontiquero….never heard of it…but its beautiful…......

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 07-16-2010 02:16 AM

very nice Ellen, great wood combo, it seems there are more and more of the tea light center pieces being made now, such a simple thing, now turning into works of art
great job

-- Smitty!!!

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#3 posted 07-16-2010 02:22 AM

Very nice job Ellen, the bud vase / tea lights look great! That purpleheart really stands out nicely on your projects! They all look great to me.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#4 posted 07-16-2010 02:25 AM

The wood grain and color combo is beautiful. Very nice.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#5 posted 07-16-2010 02:33 AM

Ellen, howdy neighbor! These are beautiful pieces. I really like your wood selection. I am partial to the cherry and purpleheart combination versus the maple and purpleheart. They both work but I enjoy the subtle contrast more than the obvious one, as in the bud vase/tea lights. Gee Ellen, when I can’t sleep I am thinking about what the Red Sox should or shouldn’t be doing to win more games. You, design woodworking projects! Great job!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#6 posted 07-16-2010 02:38 AM

Sweet Ellen, lots of nice work. It’s looking good.

I love the bud vases. I have had some requests for some. Where did you get the glassware?


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 07-16-2010 02:39 AM

that chain tea box is spectacular – love that one.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#8 posted 07-16-2010 02:53 AM

Ellen, They all look great! Beautiful combination of woods and your finish looks super smooth. Very nice.

-- John @

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#9 posted 07-16-2010 03:05 AM

That is a wonderful color combination. Does the purpleheart every change color or does it stay that vibrant forever?

-- Larry

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#10 posted 07-16-2010 03:17 AM

These are all so elegant looking. It goes to show that sleep is sometimes over rated. :)
The extra time spent hand rubbing the tray really paid off. Beautiful!

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#11 posted 07-16-2010 03:33 AM

Great Work, Ellen!! The Candle/Vases are very dramatic!!
You’ve got a good eye for wood selection, and it shows in all of these pieces…
If I had to pick a favorite, I think it wood be the lift-off lid Tea Box… or the Tray… or…???
I would not want to have to pick a favorite!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#12 posted 07-16-2010 04:37 AM

Nice! I can see a romantic candlelight dinner for two…

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#13 posted 07-16-2010 04:56 AM

Looks great Ellen. Keep ‘em coming.

-- Kate,

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#14 posted 07-16-2010 05:07 AM


-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#15 posted 07-16-2010 05:54 AM

nice work here . ellen ,

it’s good to see the evolution ,
of your designs and builds .

and why lay around in bed ,
when you can stumle around the shop ,
looking for wood ,
and tools !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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