|Project by Bearpie||posted 09-22-2011 03:42 AM||1265 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
Beech and Padauk Segmented Vase, 7” D x 9” H, Wipe on Poly- 374 pieces
I finished this one today, just in time for the last minute show this Saturday. I really had fun working on this one and learned a few things. It is really critical to get your layers flat or the lines start to wiggle when you turn. Not noticeable when it is sitting on the shelf but each one that is off throws the next layer further and further off kilter. I don’t have a drum sander yet so I have to do the best I can for now and live with it. The “box” layer at the top, I should have glued a thin piece of Padauk with the top of that layer instead of it being part of a separate ring because then when I put the vertical segment between that ring the “box” would have been perfect whereas now the top staggers a bit here and there. Live and learn and plan your layers better. This project took me a week to plan, cut, glue, sand, cut and glue again and again. Wait for glue to dry, sand again re-position, rearrange, partially turn the inside, sand smooth, final glue up, turn again, sand, stand back and admire, call the Lil’lady and get her reaction, all smiles, hug and kiss, polish the vase and apply Poly, SEE it” POP”, call the wife again, ooh and aah over it, hug and kiss again, high five, put more coats of poly on over next few days, finally today it is officially done, wax it, polish it, buff it, take pictures and post it to LJ!
I am definitely going to be doing more of these. Once my confidence level rises a bit more, I’ll start making it more complicated. This is definitely a challenging project as I am also learning as I go. Hopefully I don’t forget too much during the next build.
This is also the first time I have worked with Beech wood and I really like it and I prefer this over maple as it has a warmer tone to it and is very easy to work with.
Comments and critiques welcomed and appreciated.
-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL