Introduction: Wooden Test Tube Vase

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For my first project in the amazing Autodesk Pier 9 Workshop, I wanted to tackle my fear of wood shop power tools (those table saws!). With a few test tubes laying around and a serious flower obsession, I decided to make a wooden test tube vase.

Materials:

  • Wood (I used oak originally cut into four 12 inch x 1 inch pieces)
  • Test tubes (Amazon has some options)
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Saw (I used table and chop saws)
  • Drill or drill press
  • Sand paper or orbital sander
  • Stain, gloss, oil or polish (I used polyurethane)

And a BIG thank you to Mike (aka mikeasaurus) for helping a woodworking newbie each step of the way!

Step 1: Glue and Clamp Your Wood Pieces Together

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To make a thicker base, glue your pieces of wood together. Use wood glue and a scrap piece of wood to spread the glue evenly along the top surface. A nice trick it to apply glue to only three of the four pieces after you decide which piece you'd like to have on the top.

Then clamp the smallers pieces together to make sure they dry into one sturdy piece. Use a damp paper towel to wipe away any glue that oozes out.

After a few hours (or overnight), undo the clamps and use a saw to even out all of the sides. I used a table saw on the long edges and chop saw on the short ones.

Step 2: Drill Holes for Your Test Tubes

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Measure the diameter of your test tube and find a drill bit that is a tiny bit bigger than the tube.

Mark where you're like to make the holes with a pencil. I went for the middle of the piece with the test tubes evenly spaced.

Drill into the center of each mark to make the holes.

Step 3: Get Creative With Additional Cuts!

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While just a rectangular block with holes would function as a test tube base, I wanted to have a more angular, geometric look. Using a pencil and ruler, I played around with the angles I wanted to cut on the table saw the next day. You could also use a band saw for a more crystalline effect or for cuts that would not work with a table saw.

Step 4: Sand and Meditate :)

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With the power tools out of the way, grab your orbital sander or preferred sanding tool and smooth out your wood so there aren't any rough uneven pieces when you slide your hand along each surface. You could start with a rougher grain and move up to a higher one for a smoother finish.

Step 5: Stain, Add Flowers and Enjoy!

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Use your preferred finishing stain/polish/gloss/oil. I did two coats of polyurethane with a light sanding between coats.

Put water and flowers in your test tubes, put the tubes into the base, and smile :)

Comments

BrownDogGadgets (author)2015-03-05

That would be adorable in any science classroom!

What if instead of fresh cut flowers, you put a bit of soil and a seed in there? (And there goes my weekend...)

agulesin (author)BrownDogGadgets2015-09-08

Nice idea but I don't know how the test tube would stand against expanding roots inside it - it might shatter and leave a nice mess!

That would be awesome!! If you make it, please do post a pic here, would love to see it. Also think this could be a cool concept for a spice or loose leaf tea rack :)

Natalina (author)2015-03-13

This turned out great! Nice photos.

mikeasaurus (author)2015-03-09

Glad you still have all your fingers. You're ready for the next woodshop project!

JON-A-TRON (author)2015-03-09

Well done! The tubes look better slanting than they would straight I think.

asergeeva (author)JON-A-TRON2015-03-08

Thanks!! :)

hometownbetty (author)2015-03-08

love this!!!!

asergeeva (author)hometownbetty2015-03-08

Thank you!!

kakashibatosi (author)2015-03-06

Very fun! I think variations on this design could be used to observe seed germination and regrowing roots from trimmings.

asergeeva (author)kakashibatosi2015-03-06

That would be really cool! Would love to see that kind of implementation :)

saeedsanyar (author)2015-03-06

very nice

asergeeva (author)saeedsanyar2015-03-06

Thank you!!

violingirl (author)2015-03-05

This looks very nice!!!!!!

If you put some water in the test tubes with different colors food coloring in them and some carnations it would look cool.

asergeeva (author)violingirl2015-03-05

Ohh yeah, that would totally be cool!

laith mohamed (author)2015-03-05

Attractive invention >>>>

asergeeva (author)laith mohamed2015-03-05

Thank you!!

jbrizzle (author)2015-03-05

Came out awesome!

Suleymankutluer (author)2015-03-05

So pretty.

JM1999 (author)2015-03-05

Nicely done!

tinaciousz (author)2015-03-04

It's beautiful!

asergeeva (author)tinaciousz2015-03-04

Thanks Tina :)

xxlauraxx (author)2015-03-04

So lovely! The minimal design is nice. It leaves the eye free to admire the architecture of the stems and flowers.

asergeeva (author)xxlauraxx2015-03-04

Thank you! And who doesn't love flowers :) ?

jessyratfink (author)2015-03-04

Oh, how pretty!! You main images are gorgeous. :D

asergeeva (author)jessyratfink2015-03-04

Thanks Jessy!!

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