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Turning of the Week -- October 18, 2021
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This 9-inch-tall slotted vase was turned from maple staves with a cherry wood top and bottom. The insert designs were laser cut from thin basswood sheets. Oval opening were cut and routed on the inner side of each stave to hold the laser cut panels as shown in the detail insert. The cherry lid was shaped and carved to suggest opening petals of a plant or flower. Small embellishments were added to the upper and lower rims with pyrography. Wire burning completed the dark line accents separating the maple and cherry portions of the vase. It was a fun project using most of my 'toys'.
Thanks Al, It was fun thinking it through and deciding on sizes of features, etc. The basic dimensions started with the staves which determined the overall diameter and also sized the laser cut inserts. I just got a new drill press table that allowed me to make some precision repeatable cuts with forstner bits on the staves. This allowed me to create the openings for the laser cut patterns. Sometimes the mental 'gymnastics' are as much fun as the actual fabrication.