Cracked Vase Repair

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Project by scrappy posted 07-25-2013 01:33 AM 2681 views 5 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Something a little different.

Had purchased this piece of wood a couple of months ago. Did not get around to turning it right away.
When I went to turn it, I noticed the crack running all the way from the top to the bottom.

Apparently the HIGH temps ( a month of every day over 100+) Dried this toooooo quickly. ( yes it was sealed)

Decided that it could be saved, after all, it is a great piece of maple. Spalted, Curly, and nice color.
What do you think?

Wood: Spalted Curly Maple
Size: 4 1/4 inch diam x 10 inch tall. Turned to 1/4 inch wall.
Finished with Wipe on Poly
Lace is 3/32 leather form Hobby Lobby

Please leave all comments and critiques. I love to here feed back.

for looking

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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Matt Vredenburg

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#1 posted 07-25-2013 02:08 AM

Nice job Dan. How did you get the lace through that vase.

-- Matt, Arizona

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#2 posted 07-25-2013 02:19 AM

Hey Matt,
Sorry, forgot to put that in.
I drilled a series of holes along the edge of the crack, then used forceps to reach inside and “stitch” the crack together.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#3 posted 07-25-2013 02:25 AM

Scrappy, Another ‘Top-Drawer’ piece.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#4 posted 07-25-2013 02:47 AM

This really got my attention. A beautiful piece of spalted Maple gone bad and you saved it with stitches. Great way to make a save. I guess you can’t say no strings attached on this one. Again great thinking.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 07-25-2013 02:54 AM

Way to go, Dan!!!

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

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#6 posted 07-25-2013 03:03 AM

This would sell fast just because of how unique it is.
Nice job nice fix.

-- I've never been disappointed buying quality but I have been disappointed buying good enough.

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Mark Shymanski

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#7 posted 07-25-2013 03:06 AM

A novel solution, I really like this vase I think the laces really make it stand out.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#8 posted 07-25-2013 07:18 AM

All stitched up & patient doing well, great result, nice lookin piece of timber to match the turn, :)

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

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#9 posted 07-25-2013 07:22 AM

What do you think?

This is what I think, its a very nice vase, excellent finish and an excellent training aid for your kids or the likes for practicing tieing their shoes when the time comes.

I also tend to think an adult will pull the lace purely to see what happens!

Keep up the good work

-- Regards Rob

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Gene Howe

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#10 posted 07-25-2013 12:24 PM

Hey Dan,
Long time no see.
Nice but, “knotty” vase…so to speak.
Curly maple and lacewood. Unique combo.
How’s the family? Daughter still turning?

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#11 posted 07-25-2013 01:24 PM

Great looking recovery and a fine looking design

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 07-25-2013 04:11 PM

How interesting. Bet that vase is glad it didn’t go to the garbage truck. You always seem to come up with the most interesting woodworking projects.

-- DeputyDawg

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#13 posted 07-25-2013 04:26 PM

Well, when God gives you lemons, make lemonade … and did you ever.
Great save and creativity on a unique piece that most guys would have cussed and tossed.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#14 posted 07-25-2013 04:59 PM

Nice Work Scrappy, Very Nice!
Very cool looking and what a great save on a very nice piece of wood!
Keep up the great work!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#15 posted 07-25-2013 06:00 PM

Nice save on a throw away piece of wood. Great grain and finish.

When it heals ya gona remove the stitches? Haaa Haaa

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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