Ambrosia Maple Natural Edge Vase

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Project by mike posted 2462 days ago 1426 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently obtained a a few limbs from a maple tree that was being trimmed in the local area. Not quite large enough for a bowl I decide to try an end grain vessel with a natural edge. Even managed to keep some small pieces of the lichen that was growing on the bark.

The piece was turned green to a rough wall thickness of about 1/2” and then dried using paper grocery bags. For my basement shop I use 3 bags to start – rotated every other day for the first week, then 2 bags for one week and then one week air drying in the shop. This brought the rough turning from 30% moisture content to around 12%. The vase was returned to the lathe and returned to a wall thickness of around 1/4” and sanded to 400 grit.

Finish is 5 coats of Waterlox Tung Oil satin finish – took 4 coats before the maple stopped absorbing all the oil. After curing for 3 days the vase was buffed using the Beal buffing system.

Thanks for looking

-- Mike, Maryland,

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#1 posted 2462 days ago


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#2 posted 2462 days ago

Nice form and pretty grain. Good job.


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#3 posted 2462 days ago

I like the natural edge vase form you have made here!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#4 posted 2462 days ago

Beautiful bowl Mike, I love maple too, my favorite wood along with walnut. I also like waterlox for a finish it really seems to accent the grain naturally. My lathe is down right now but soon I’ll be back at it I hope. mike

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

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#5 posted 2460 days ago

Very impressive. Good job.

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Douglas Bordner

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#6 posted 2459 days ago

Nice form and finish. Did you use something to stabilize the bark edge?

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#7 posted 2459 days ago

Thanks for the comments!

Doug – the original limb was green enough that the bark was still firmly attached. When I put the vase back on the lathe after drying a small piec of the cambium layer started to separate. CA glue to the rescue. For the most part I at times use a sanding sealer to stabilize the cambium layer or in extreme cases CA glue.


-- Mike, Maryland,

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#8 posted 2459 days ago

Wow, this is really nice. Some day I will try my hand at turning (need a lathe first).

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#9 posted 2459 days ago

Great looking vase. A nice form and color.

Great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#10 posted 2459 days ago

Gorgeous! A lot of natural edge turnings this week on LJ’s, my favorite kind! This is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#12 posted 1552 days ago

Very nice vase. Thanks for sharing!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 1549 days ago

nice vase

-- Custom furniture

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