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Project by kiefer posted 08-25-2013 08:49 PM 1370 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A little vase for my wife to keep some dried lavender in which was a gift from our daughter.

This vase can be used dry or with a glass vase inside for cut flowers .
It’s going into our bathroom with the box I recently posted .
Birch and walnut with satin lacquer finish about 9” tall and 3 1/2”x 3 1/2” base .

Sorry ,I did not get into the making of this but here is how I made it .
The whole thing got started when my wife said ,I haven’t got the right thing to put these flowers in.
Well of to the shop I went and saw this strip of birch veneer sticking out of the garbage bin.
This veneer is the finished top layer about 1/16” thick I cut off with the band saw and discard whenever I use prefinished flooring as it is very hard on tools .
OK I grabbed the strip and put it in hot water for about an hour and simply spiral wound it to the diameter I thought looked good ,clamped it on both ends and let it dry for a couple of days .
The base is a piece of walnut from the scrap bin and with a few saw cuts it looked just fine and to hold the veneer cone in place all I did is cut a groove with a hole saw to match the veneer diameter.
When the veneer was ready I trimmed both ends and glued it into the base with hot melt glue and added the little strip of walnut at the top held together with glue and three tooth picks trimmed and glued .
I feel good having found a use for this veneer instead of throwing it away (recycling I guess ) and the texture seems to work with this . A fun and simple project ,all in all about an hour and no trip to the store .

-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 08-25-2013 09:33 PM

A true beauty. Will look great in any room!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 08-25-2013 09:45 PM

Nice vase, Kiefer. How was it made?


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

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#3 posted 08-25-2013 09:48 PM

Cool! I see you’re expanding your development of rough finished lumber. I have to admit I like this piece—it looks great. And, I’m guessing you’re also expanding your steam bending techniques.

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

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#4 posted 08-25-2013 09:50 PM

Beautiful. is it one strip? It reminds me of a Shaker box. How did you do it?

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#5 posted 08-25-2013 10:12 PM

Pretty cool. As clever as you are could you send me a whiff of those flowers. I love the smell of lavender.
The vase is great and you were wise to not make an elaborate base because the flowers should always be the focal point. Very nice…..

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#6 posted 08-25-2013 11:18 PM

Thanks Jay
You are right and I may have to make more.

Thanks Jim
I will explain ,look at the post I will explain there.

Thanks John
This is not steam bent ,look at the post I will explain there.

Thanks Doe
Yes one strip ,look at the post again I will explain there .

Thanks Cathy
If I can get the wind to blow your way you should get a whiff in a couple of days and you are right the flowers are what the focal point should be but something has to keep them upright ,that was my objective here .
Nothing too elaborate .

-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 08-26-2013 12:01 AM

Pure art Kiefer.
Pure art.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#8 posted 08-26-2013 12:19 AM

Thanks Paul.
What you do is what I call art ,this is just something that fills a need made from scrap and a little time but
it turned out OK I think .

-- Kiefer

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#9 posted 08-26-2013 01:08 AM

That is very kool. Looks like a Shaker Box x 10. :) Beautiful!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#10 posted 08-26-2013 06:05 AM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#11 posted 08-26-2013 12:25 PM

Looks very nice Kiefer and the build idea was creative too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 08-26-2013 10:23 PM

Looks great, well done

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#13 posted 08-29-2013 02:27 PM

Wow that’s a cool and pretty project coming from the garbage bin! Very creative looks like an art work. I’m sure the wife loves it. Great job!

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