10" Staved vase, carved, pierced, painted.

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Project by Bob Collins posted 09-08-2011 10:44 AM 1985 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally got onto the lathe after the knee replacement and wanted to finish this before getting the other knee done at the end of this week.
Have found a supply of glass vase inserts at $3aus each and people can now have water and fresh flowers in these and other segmented vases I have done. Have found the dremel 4000 using a mill drill bit in the extension lead is comfortable when piercing and although the revs are only 30-35,000rpm a clean piercing can be achieved.

Question to American L.J’s, the wood used is recycled shipping pallets which are marked “made in the USA” can anyone identify the wood. Could be a hard wood as it is heavy but is easy to carve with dremel burrs, this seems to have a pinkish color and nice grain.

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

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Sam Shakouri

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#1 posted 09-08-2011 11:08 AM

A piece of art, Bob. It is realy nice and atractive.
Wish you all the best for next week op.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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David Craig

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#2 posted 09-08-2011 11:38 AM

Beautiful piece Bob. You have really come alive with that lathe over the last year. I have admired all of your projects but your output lately has just been amazing. Looking at the grain and considering the source, I think you might have red oak there. You will have to forigive a chuckle but there have been so many comments about all the US stuff now being made overseas that I found it amusing to see you in the Outback commenting about a pallet made in the USA.


(edited this, I originally said white oak but I believe it is red oak considering the pinkish tint)

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 09-08-2011 11:57 AM

That is beautiful,Bob.
I’m confused on the wood. Typically our pallets are made of oak, but it hard to tell with such a short grain pattern. Nice design to avoid any end grain!! Have you got a long piece to show?
I’d add that these must be old pallets, because almost nothing is made in the USA any more. Our leadership has sold us out to foreign manufacturing.

Good luck on the other knee operation! I ‘ll keep you in my prayers for a successful operation, my friend!...Jim

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

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Bob Collins

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#4 posted 09-08-2011 12:26 PM

Thanks Sam, Jim, Dave. Enjoyed doing this after eight weeks recouping from the last op. Hopefully the next will be as succesfful. Dave what the hell is this OUTBACK we are a big country down here. Have been told the pallets are either oak or maple and I will post photos when I collect some more.

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

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David Craig

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#5 posted 09-08-2011 01:01 PM

Sorry Bob, couldn’t resist… :)

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#6 posted 09-08-2011 01:38 PM

Bob, First of all I wish you the best of luck on the upcoming knee surgery please keep us informed as to your progress once you are home. You my friend have once again done a marvelous job on this project it is beautiful!! As to the wood I agree with Jim most of our skids/pallets were made of Red Oak but we also had some made of Ash, however from what I see of the grain I am uncertain as to the wood type.

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#7 posted 09-08-2011 04:15 PM

That is stunningly beautiful. Very artistic. Good luck with your surgery.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#8 posted 09-08-2011 09:10 PM

hi bob another fantastic piece of art the keep on getting better and better you have it down to a tee love it
glad to here that your knee opt was a success and hope that the other opt will good well for you and that you will soon be back on your feet again and making some more great turnings good luck


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#9 posted 09-09-2011 06:13 AM

Wow you are certainly lifting the bar a few notches Bob, this is a beauty I love it.
Hey be thinking of you with the next knee job, will they let you sneak a lathe into the ward LOL.
All the best mate
Suppose you will be watching the RWC opening to night, sad you guys wont be there at finals time Ha ha
::: )))))cheers Mate

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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