Lee Valley Tools    Woodworking Newsletter
   Vol. 7, Issue 4
   March 2013
 
   Stylish Wooden Vase
 

Stylish wooden vases
If you have a few basic woodturning tools, including a roughing gouge, a spindle gouge and a tailstock chuck, you can turn these elegant vases.

Materials and Tools
Start with any wood, round or square, that's large enough to hold the straight glass that will be used as the liner. We used a Kolsch beer glass that is 2" in diameter and 6-1/2" long. The square blank used was maple, about 3" x 3" x 8-1/4".

In addition to the tools of your choice for spindle turning, you'll need a pair of outside calipers, a 2" dia. Forstner bit, a power drill with 1/2" and 3/4" brad-point bits, and a countersink (optional).

Turning the Body
Mount the blank on the lathe. If your square blank is too large for the chuck, use a saw to remove the corners. Round the stock using a roughing gouge. After the body is trued to the desired size, use a spindle gouge or a skew to shape it to the profile of your choice. To determine the length, use the straight glass as a guide. Our design is bottom heavy, and the glass sits flush with the rim.
 
 
           
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