Oak and blood wood lace flower vase

  • Advertise with us
Project by Jeffery Mullen posted 04-04-2011 10:02 AM 2711 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- Jeffery Mullen

13 comments so far

View TopamaxSurvivor's profile


18271 posts in 3675 days

#1 posted 04-04-2011 10:17 AM

nice work. Looks great. How did you get the curve in the sides?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

View thelt's profile


665 posts in 3379 days

#2 posted 04-04-2011 11:56 AM

That is very nice. I’m like Topamax, I want to know how you got the curved sides that made it look like a bowl.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

View stefang's profile


15881 posts in 3334 days

#3 posted 04-04-2011 12:21 PM

Very nice and different too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

View TheGravedigger's profile


963 posts in 4024 days

#4 posted 04-04-2011 01:05 PM

The open space makes for a nice effect. Good work.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

View MasterSergeant's profile


1362 posts in 2688 days

#5 posted 04-04-2011 02:24 PM

most excellent work!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

View CharlieM1958's profile


16274 posts in 4218 days

#6 posted 04-04-2011 02:49 PM

Very creative and unusual.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

View Bluepine38's profile


3379 posts in 3085 days

#7 posted 04-04-2011 03:36 PM

Beautiful vase, I had to take several looks to be certain that the side pieces did not have curve sideways
as well as up and down. What scroll saw are you using? You stated you used oak square blocks for the
sides, which if I am eyeballing correctly would mean they were over 2” square. I have a tough time cutting
1-1/2” cherry on my Dewalt. Saying you went through a number of blades is an understatement, and your
patience is unbelievable. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

View huntter2022's profile


275 posts in 2615 days

#8 posted 04-04-2011 04:26 PM

Nice job!
  1. cutting can be fun .the curve is part of the curve

-- David ; "BE SAFE BE HAPPY" Brockport , NY

View Cozmo35's profile


2200 posts in 3036 days

#9 posted 04-04-2011 10:03 PM

Compound cuts have always been my weakness, but you nailed it!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

View Jeffery Mullen's profile

Jeffery Mullen

345 posts in 2817 days

#10 posted 04-05-2011 10:57 AM

OK fans I’ll lay my deck of cards down for you to see on how I made this wonderful lace bowl. I used 10 blocks of oak wood 1”x1-1/4×3-3/4” for bowl sides. I put temporarily-bond spray adhesive on the back of each pattern and put them on the ten blocks of oak wood. I cut out one side of the pattern then put the pieces back together to the block and taped it to hold the peaces to the block then turned the compound cut block to the other side of the pattern and cut that part of the pattern out and then I took all the tape off and pulled the curved piece out of the block of cut cut wood . I had to stay on the lines of the pattern when I was cutting. This was very hard on my hands to cut. I had to have a strong hold to the block. from time to time the blade would catch and the block would go all over the place until I turned the scroll saw off. Yes I had allot of patience with this project. It took me two weeks to make it and sand all the pieces as I had other things I had to get done during the day. I did mess up on one block only and had to make another cut.

I use a Rid Gid scroll saw 500 – 1700 rpm power going through the wood with the blade. It measures 16 ” from the blade to the back part of the scroll saw arm. I would say I have a mid size scroll saw. I picked it up on sale at the Home Depot 8 years ago and it is still going strong for me today. I got my pattern out of the Creative Woodworks & crafts magazine. The person that created the pattern was a Lady Her name is Diana Thompson. April 2010 . I was able to do the same curve cut for the eye glasses moose holder I made. The horns are tricky and I have to have the safety arm removed to do the cuts. I am used to not having the safety arm on at all any more with all my cuts on the scroll saw. I am thank full every time I leave my work shop with all ten fingers in tack . Later guys Jeff M.

-- Jeffery Mullen

View Bob Collins's profile

Bob Collins

2514 posts in 3683 days

#11 posted 04-06-2011 11:46 AM

Really like this one. the open sides are real effective. Great work.

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

View EnchantedAcresDesign's profile


43 posts in 2619 days

#12 posted 04-14-2011 10:37 AM

Great Job Jeff! I haven’t attempted compound cuts yet on my scroll saw. it is on my list of things to do!

View Jeffery Mullen's profile

Jeffery Mullen

345 posts in 2817 days

#13 posted 04-14-2011 11:10 AM

Scroll sawing, a person needs to not get the blade to tight while making the cuts or they will snap on you. It is very loud when a blade breaks. The bottom and top clamps hold the blade even though it is snapped in half you got nothing to worry about as far as a metal blade flying out at you. Most the time it doesn’t mess up your cut when the blade breaks . Keep fingers out of the way when it breaks though and shut the scroll saw off as fast as you can. Good luck on those of you that are wanting to try scroll sawing for the first time.

-- Jeffery Mullen

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics