When you first move in with someone, it's not uncommon that you each have one of some things. As you grow together, certain pieces -- furniture, kitchen appliances, etc.
are retired for bigger or more updated versions. That's exactly what happened when maker1706 and his wife moved in together.
They bought a set of knives, but quickly outgrew the block that once housed them. So what's one to do with the leftover hunk of wood?
Well, this project is one option...
This was the block he had to work with.
After he taped the bottom, he poured epoxy into the holes.
He mixed West System epoxy and The Rit Studio liquid dye to achieve the green hue.
When the tape seal didn't hold, he had to repour the mixture.
After he let it dry overnight, it was time to separate the block from the base.
His bandsaw made a clean cut and the block was ready to be reinvented as a vase!
He mounted the wood on his lathe and started rounding the corners.
It took a while, but it finally started to look like a vase!
Naturally, he had to hollow out the center for the would-be flowers.
The lathe was handy for carving out interesting divots in the wood.
After the shaping was finished, maker1706 used a number of sandpaper grits to smooth out the wood.
Then, he polished it with a few layers of beeswax.
And there you have it! That's one beautifully interesting vase.
I'm sure his wife loved her very first Mother's Day gift -- I know I would've!
This project just goes to show...you can make something old like new again with just a little bit of imagination (and a lathe doesn't hurt, either).