Valentine Vase: Maple with Metal Inlay | ART & DESIGN

Valentine Vase: Maple with Metal Inlay | ART & DESIGN

I’m a real fan of minimalist designs. Strangely, finding simplicity and minimalism can be very challenging. It’s almost as if humans have an instinct to look for complicated solutions even though the simplest ones are almost always more efficient and elegant.

Such was the case here. I wanted to create a stand for a bud vase, but in such a way that it highlights a single flower without being distracting. After quite a bit of experimenting, mostly with the legs, I ended up with a delicate steel legged stand supporting a maple block with a hole in it.

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To make the block, I laminated two maple boards together.

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This is leftover aluminum from last week’s project. I cut a small section out and glued it to a scrap of hardboard using contact cement.

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I found that a rolling pin works great to press the two materials together.

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Once the maple block was dry, I cut it down to its finished size.

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Using a straight bit on my router, I cut a groove all around the center of the block.

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Then cut out inlay strips to fit inside those slots.

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I used my miter sled to cut 45 degree bevels on each strip.

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And glued them into place.

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I drilled a hole in each underside corner to hold the legs. The holes don’t go all the way through.

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And I used a hole cutting saw to match the diameter of the glass bud vase.

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To get the legs to splay out, I bent the ends of steel rods using my vise.

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I dropped these steel legs into the holes and fussed with the bends until they all splayed out equally.

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I found this glass at a thrift shop. I designed the project around its size.

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