I’ve invited Russ Coker from a local club to turn one of his favorite projects, a fence post vase. He salvages old fence posts from Wyoming that are mostly cedar and turns them into a vase. The wood is weathered and very, very irregular.
His process is:
- Mount the wood between centers.
- Evaluate the wood for features and where to turn.
- Glue down any loose wood with CA.
- Turn a vase neck.
- Turn a dovetail mounting tenon and remount the timber to a 4 jaw chuck.
- Drill the top.
- Flare the hole and form a neck.
- Sand the turned areas.
- Apply a solution of boiled linseed oil to the weathered wood.
- Apply French polish to turned areas.
- Saw off the tenon and sand the base.
His primary tool is a large skew. He does not want to call it a weed pot because a fence post vase sells much better.
This piece of wood was scary due to its shape but turned out beautiful.