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Thread: Spalted Maple Vase

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas

    Spalted Maple Vase

    Well haven't had really as much time to turn as I want but hey in 48 days I can turn to my hearts content being retired. Anyway I turned this vase last weekend. It is spalted maple. 9 1/2" tall and 6" at the widest. It has 7 coats of wipe on poly and buffed with Ren wax. It wasn't the best maple in the world as it had several soft spots. I used my epoxy cocktail of 5 min epoxy mixed up and then mixed with DNA to the consistancy of milk. I painted all the soft spots till they wouldn't take anymore after I turned the wall thickness to near what I wanted. Dried for 24 hrs and then finished turning. Lady picked it up tonight raving about it and didn't say a word when she wrote the check for $130. It is a Christmas present for her new DIL.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Maple Spalted Vase 3.jpg   Maple Spalted Vase 1.jpg  
    Bernie W.

    Retirement: Thats when you return from work one day
    and say, Hi, Honey, Im home forever.

    To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Yep, lots to rave about there, nice work Bernie!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Tampa & NC

    Spalted Maple Vase

    WOW,you done did good on that one,Beautifull piece

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Looks like it was well worth the effort, Bernie. Great job.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    i think yu got the finish right
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    NorCal, USA
    Beautiful vase, Bernie. And welcome to the Wonderful World of Retirement. I should have tried it 30 years ago.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Wonderful shape and grain Bernie. You know what you doing alright. I like the elegance of it. Looks sturdy yet has a light feel to it and the top finish is cool.

    Could do with a better picture though. On my screen it looked alittle hazy. But i could see the grain patterns.

  8. #8
    Great work Bernie! And congratulations on the sale!!

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    Great vase and you padded the retirement fund to boot.
    A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. -Henry David Thoreau
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  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Hardinsburg, KY
    Very nice. Great looking wood even if it was a bit punky. You did a great job with it too. Glad you described your epoxy soup. I've got a project that I'm trying to work the details out on and haven't been satisfied with my results yet. This might just be the answer I need.
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    Doug Miller

    Repentance Is The
    Prerequisite For
    Gods Forgiveness

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