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Plywood and banksia pod vase

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Project by Bob Collins posted 01-05-2012 01:14 PM 2212 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had some banksia pods that were to small to turn indiviually so I cut them down the centre on the table saw then trimmed them on the band saw then cut into segments, 8 per ring. A fair bit of waste and a lot of dust but better than just sitting in a box. I glued the three rings on banskia segments and the two rings of plywood together before roughly smoothing and shaping on the belt sander. The top and bottom were turned on the lathe before attaching to the feature rings. Left the complete vase clamped overnight before the final sanding on the lathe. Finished with a coat of gloss polyurethene.

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





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Sodabowski

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#1 posted 01-05-2012 01:19 PM

Unusual, and not uninteresting :)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#2 posted 01-05-2012 03:17 PM

What a unique look.. A good use of material just going to waste.

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#3 posted 01-05-2012 04:39 PM

Another good idea of using banksia, and this time with plywood off cuts!!. I like it.

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

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#4 posted 01-05-2012 04:50 PM

Bob, that is a cool vase, Mate! Those banksia pods seem to be too small to make a big vase, but if you segment them like you did, they give a new dimension to the turning…..........Cheers, Jim

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

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#5 posted 01-05-2012 06:05 PM

Unique vase good job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#6 posted 01-05-2012 09:22 PM

Very impressive!!

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#7 posted 01-05-2012 10:04 PM

Banksia is very underrated… as is plywood… you have joined them and made a wonderful vase.. well done..but I am not going to learn to turn just yet…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @ lasercreationsbylarry.com.au

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#8 posted 01-05-2012 10:05 PM

Looks messy Mate, but the end result was worth it, a realy unique piece Bob, : ))

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

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#9 posted 01-06-2012 12:06 AM

nice work using two different woods. looks like a winner to me.

-- PAPLOU

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#10 posted 01-06-2012 05:22 AM

That’s a great looking vase that looks like it was a handful to make.

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