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Project by Lazyman posted 04-30-2018 03:52 PM 1246 views 6 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you saw my gear shift knob last year, this will look familiar. This is a shameless imitation inspired by a vase by Malcom J. Tibbetts. My approach was to adapt the board from a bowl technique after milling and gluing up boards to achieve the wedges. I used my band saw circle cutting jig (5th picture) to cut rings from 2 halves and glued the halves together to form stacking rings much like you would wind up with when using a Ringmaster. Because the wedges were designed to overlap, I had to make the 2 sides different widths. This required attaching a piece of 1/4” plywood for the pivot point (4th picture). The 6th picture shows how I determined the size and angles to cut out the rings in Sketchup. I basically assembled and shaped the top and bottom separately and then glued them together before final shaping. Separating the vase from glue blocks was a little scary. The top glue block was turned down to form the rim. Ultimately, I used a doughnut chuck to hold it so I could remove the block from the bottom.

The vase is about 8 1/2” tall and 5 1/5” wide and finished with Hut Crystal Coat friction finish.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.





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Woodknack

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#1 posted 04-30-2018 03:54 PM

Really cool zebra stripe effect.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#2 posted 04-30-2018 04:36 PM

Beautiful Nathan! Love the alternating grain on the Walnut and the Maple makes a great contrast. Great shape and finish as well.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#3 posted 04-30-2018 08:44 PM

I really like the design of this one. I do own a Ring Master and have made vases in the past. Would like to see the flat board glue up.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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recycle1943

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#4 posted 04-30-2018 08:45 PM

Well, your screen name belies you effort put into the vase. lotta thought, Lotta work and a fine end result

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 04-30-2018 08:54 PM

A very attractive looking vase. My only criticism is that the top ring would look better if it was rounded instead of square and a little thinner.

-- Julian

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#6 posted 04-30-2018 10:19 PM

Wow. Love it. And your Sketchup screenshot is pretty darn impressive in it’s own right. I do agree with Julian regarding the top ring. Just doesn’t look like it belongs.

-- I'm happier than a tornado in a trailer park! Grace & Peace.

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#7 posted 04-30-2018 11:24 PM

Very nice, you can tell people it came off a Walple tree.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#8 posted 05-01-2018 12:27 AM

awesome!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 05-01-2018 12:51 AM



Wow. Love it. And your Sketchup screenshot is pretty darn impressive in it s own right. I do agree with Julian regarding the top ring. Just doesn t look like it belongs.

- BikerDad

Yeah, I agree with both of you about the top ring. That was my original goal but it was getting sketchy so I chickened out. Because I made the bottom and top in separately and joined them, I had some issues with it being perfectly round and it was pretty tough getting even to that point. Getting the glue block off the bottom was even worse but there I was able to carve off the last little bit by hand.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#10 posted 05-01-2018 01:13 AM


I really like the design of this one. I do own a Ring Master and have made vases in the past. Would like to see the flat board glue up.

- Hawaiilad

Not sure I have pictures that show what you want to see but here are some pictures I took during the glue up. I thought it would be easier to do the glue up in sections so I did 6 glue ups (5 were ultimately used). In hindsight it would have been better to glue up one long board and cut into 6 boards.
I used literally every single clamp in my shop and even had to dig out some old antique c-clamps I got from my grandfather. I could have used a few more clamps

Here is one from the edge. One thing I learned is that I should have left the thin edge of the maple about 1/8” thick and then planed it down. I discovered after removing the clamps that the thin edge of the maple curled up a little due to the moisture in the glue. Note that I used few grains of salt to help prevent the wedges from sliding apart as you tighten down the clamps.

Here are the wedges before the glue up.

EDIT:
Note that the other half of the ring, because I cut them on the bandsaw, was just a solid piece of walnut of the same thickness as the glued up wedges. For the ringmaster, you would cut a wedge about 2/3 across the board and glue a maple wedge on there and then plane or slice the maple down so it is flat.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#11 posted 05-01-2018 04:55 AM

Wow, this looks amazing. Tibbetts is an inspiration, always best to strive for the masters.

-- -- Tyson

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#12 posted 05-01-2018 01:26 PM

Very interesting work, not sure I have my head around it yet.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#13 posted 05-01-2018 01:54 PM

Thanks everyone for the kind words. This was probably the most challenging and time consuming thing I have done on my midi lathe. It spanned about 2 weeks which included quite a bit of head scratching time. Figuring out how to do it is the fun part. It was particularly nerve racking near the end where I was afraid that a catch would shatter the whole thing because the thickness of the sides on the bottom half is only about 1/4” or less. If I can figure out how to make my donut chuck a little more rigid, I may still try to reduce the thickness of the rim so it looks less like someone left a scrape of wood sitting there.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#14 posted 05-02-2018 12:21 AM

Nathan , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.
I know the amount of effort that goes into making one of these, well done mate.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 05-02-2018 06:18 AM

Magnificant pattern! So great idea to turn something different.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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