My First Perforated Vase

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Project by Bearpie posted 01-09-2013 08:55 PM 1875 views 8 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Rosewood Vase is my first perforated vase, it is 7” H x 7” W. I was shocked when I measured it as I had assumed that it would be taller than it was wide. It sure looked that way.

This was a fun project as it was something different, something unique (at least in my opinion) and from a very stable wood. Rosewood, at present, is my favorite wood to turn! It turns beautifully and because it is an oily wood, it takes a beautiful polish. The perforations took me a day and half to do, the rough sanding another half day, and the final sanding seemed to take forever! When I thought I was finished, the “Boss” came along and said sand it some more, then some more and more! But the final result is worth it! I’m ready to start on my next one but have to do a “request” first.

This was finished with Tung Oil.

Comments and critiques welcomed and appreciated.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#1 posted 01-09-2013 08:57 PM

That is soo nice
You have captured the organic nature of the wood
A lovely finish as well

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 01-09-2013 09:13 PM

Hi, Erwin!

I love this piece! It is quite beautiful and you did a great job on it. The finish is also lovely. I love seeing your work. You are always doing something new and exciting! Great piece!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 01-09-2013 09:22 PM

Its got a good organic quality about it. Nice one, Erwin.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 01-09-2013 10:38 PM

What a very lovely piece!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#5 posted 01-09-2013 10:43 PM

Outrageous…! That is one really nice piece of work that you created and it is easy to see how all that sanding time was spent. I am looking forward to the next one.

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#6 posted 01-09-2013 10:44 PM

Very nice work,beautiful.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 01-09-2013 10:56 PM

Very nice job..


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#8 posted 01-10-2013 12:16 AM

How did you cut the holes? Fret saw/coping saw?

-- Michael and Matthew

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#9 posted 01-10-2013 12:36 AM

Beautiful work—I feel for you on the sanding!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#10 posted 01-10-2013 01:19 AM

Michael, I used a drill bit used for making pens, which does not fray the wood, on my drill press with a styrofoam pad underneath and drilled a series of holes next to each other till all cutouts were done. then used my foredom tool and cleaned the rough edges off, then switched to a coarse dremel round sander and sanded away, then switched to fine and sanded some more. Then used a sanding strip and stuck it between the holes and “sawed” away. Then used a flap sander lightly to remove any sanding marks against the grain.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#11 posted 01-10-2013 01:33 AM

I know just how hard that is …gooood job looks great

-- jim nevada

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#12 posted 01-10-2013 01:43 AM

Thanks for taking time to answer. It sure turned out well, it was worth every bit of effort.

-- Michael and Matthew

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#13 posted 01-10-2013 02:20 AM

Erwin, only thoes who have done some piercing work can realise how much goes into these pieces, that rosewood sure is pretty, great job ;)

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

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#14 posted 01-10-2013 03:14 AM

Lovely job! I’m sure that took a lot of time and effort. I want to try adding some perforations to my turnings also. Currently my favorite wood for turning is maple burl, not so much for how it turns (there can be a lot of tear out) but the results when finished can be spectacular.

-- Stuart

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#15 posted 01-10-2013 03:26 AM

very nice job

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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