This project took me two weeks to cut out all the oak square blocks that I had to compound cut on my scroll saw. I went through a number of blades as they broke from time to time as oak wood is a hard wood to cut. I didn’t stain any of the wood just sanded it smooth. I followed a scroll saw pattern out of my scroll saw magazine I bought from the store. I use hard blood wood for the circles I cut out for the top and bottom of the vase. It was a learning experience for me to take on a challenging project like this one. I used glue and clamps to put it together. I put a little glass candle holder in it and filled it up with water and put real flowers in my vase. I made this last summer. Jeff M.