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This is my first turned vase. It was made for my sister’s 70th birthday.
-- Trackman, Washington
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catalpa bud vase
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#1 posted 10-01-2011 05:42 PM
If that is your first vase, you have a real natural talent!
-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"
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#2 posted 10-01-2011 09:25 PM
Welcome,it won’t be long and you’ll be hooked. good looking vase.how is catapal to work with?
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#3 posted 10-02-2011 03:17 AM
Yes, very nice vase. I too would like to know how that wood is to work with. Can’t wait to see your tenth vase.
-- Bill Merritt -Augusta Ga. woodworker
#4 posted 10-02-2011 09:54 AM
The Catalpa was actually very easy to work with. It has alot of the charactistics of oak or chestnut, a somewhat open grain. I put on a MinWax Special Walnut stain, then started wiping on coat after coat of semi-gloss poly and sanding between each coat with progressively finer grits of sand paper. After I got to 600 grit I put one last coat on and did my last buffing with burlap and called it good. I will definitely use Catalpa again, and not just on turning projects.
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