Cat-Bits Vase

Well another veneering/laser experiment is going out the door.

I did a blog-style writeup on the build here but messed up the blog entry format, close 'nuff I suppose.

Stands about 7" high, 5" wide.

The glass vase insert (WallyWorld) is just incase someone thinks they can just fill the thing with water directly (Ya never know 🙂)

Walnut legs are slightly curved and inserted into the corners with a "W" type joinery.

This arrangement allows for some margin where the inside frame corners meet.

Some beveling on the interface

Panels are framed with cherry which will turn much redder once the sun gets to it (based on the color of the piece I cut up).

Cat parts were cut from four different veneers based on a pattern provided by LBD. I need to be more careful as some of the combinations are a bit meh.

Outer matting is Tamo ash.

Curly sycamore/pomele eucalyptus (my favorite of the four)

Pomele eucalyptus/mystery wood

Marble walnut/curly sycamore

Last is marble walnut/mystery wood (no photo)

Finish is oil on the cherry frame and legs, satin poly everywhere.

Should make some cat lover happy with a vase/pencil box that doesn't claw up the furniture 😱

Thanks for stopping by!


real nice work, love how you did the corner legs. 

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Nice use of your experiment, Splint!

May you have the day you deserve!

9/10... only cause it's nicer than mine.

Maybe some kitty litter in that glass...

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

Nice job! 100/10 because I don't know how to use fractions.

and Thank you for showing the process on the blog, too.  Not only being able to see how you make it but you also mention why you did it in that way (the corner joint) was very helpful. 

No name noobie here

nicely done, excellent work. 



Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Beautiful piece Splinter, the legs make it stand out, and the detail in the marquetry is wonderful. It was a great blog to follow through the process.

Main Street to the Mountains

Being a fan of the kitty's, I really like this one. Excellent.
Very nice work,Bruce!!

Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day

Very nice.  You cut the veneers with a X-acto knife?  I would have really butchered that part.  Every time I try that the veneer cracks, splits or breaks.
Thanks people! Mucho appreciated.

Scrappile, I "cheated" and cut it all with a laser. I am still trying to master cutting straight edges on veneer with the usual knives and saws, also have the crack 'n' split issues 🤔
Great piece Splinter. My daughter would love this piece. I like how you reversed the light dark woods on the design and the corner parts are your signature touch to box building. 

Flowers will look nice in the vase in the box. 

YRTi fractions can be confusing to the easy world of metrics. Just find the common denominator. Sounds easy doesn’t Splinter?8^}

James McIntyre

YRTi fractions can be confusing to the easy world of metrics. Just find the common denominator. Sounds easy doesn’t Splinter?8^}
Yeah, still trying to figure out why setting my miter to 𝜋/4 radians always leaves a small gap when making a square frame 🤔

James, YRTi, thanks!
Usually I'll just jam in some fake flowers since my wife was hoarding them in the shed, but she gave them all away...