Demo Bowls # 89, 90 and 91

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 10-21-2014 01:50 AM 2274 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are 3 bowls that I turned for demos for the high school wood shop turning students. I did the finish sanding and finishing at home. The little one ( 3 1/2” x 1 1/2”) is figured Beech that was half of a fire wood piece that was just too pretty to burn.

The middle one ( 6”x2”) is Jarrah and was made to a particular size to hold 2 decks of cards. It also had a groove inside on the bottom so you can get your finger under the last card to pick it out of there. We need that to pass cards around when playing pegs and jokers

The last bowl ( 6 3/4” x 2 1/2”) is a piece of red box elder. This one had a crack in it and it sounded like a gun shot when a piece flew off the blank when I turned up the speed. It had to be a bit smaller after that.

All are finished with clear gloss lacquer.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 10-21-2014 02:27 AM

Hey Jim, These guys are going to learn pretty quick from the expert teacher, nice projects mate

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#2 posted 10-21-2014 03:07 AM

COOL little bowls…

#3 far Right… Looks like very nice Dinner Salad bowl…
... would they work for a salad, to be eaten?
... if so, want to make another Demo? :) = a total of 2 demos?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#3 posted 10-21-2014 03:24 AM

The 3 bears or the 3 bowls. Either way the students will learn from them. Good work Jim. That lacquer finish sure looks great.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 10-21-2014 04:38 AM

Really nice Jim. You’re making me wish I had a lathe. Love the high gloss finish on these.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#5 posted 10-21-2014 08:17 AM

Very nice looking bowls

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#6 posted 10-21-2014 08:50 AM

Nice bowls Jim, the students have a good teacher. The box elder came up great after your near accident.
Like the finish with the clear gloss.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#7 posted 10-21-2014 10:39 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I was gone for few days and went back yesterday and found that the first hour class had two bowls where they turned through the bottom! I showed them the way to control wall thickness with the “finger calipers” and they did good on the sides but some of them just like to keep turning when it is going good and forget to check bottom thickness as well. Three more of the third hour class had their bowls ready to use the jam chuck and they were very close to gone. I managed to save all of them with a thin bottom still in tact!! Looks like an area needing to be addressed!!

I can’t believe how busy 6 kids can keep you in that hour!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They are leaning, though!! Hopefully most of them will come back for 2 more years of it so they get to enjoy creating different thins other than bowls.

Hi Pete. I.m far from any expert, but I just love turning!!

Hi Bob. I warned them to stay out of the line of the piece when I was turning that box elder bowl and good thing!!I think one kid got hit in the leg anyway as it bounced around.
Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 10-21-2014 11:55 AM

A couple o big scoops of Tin Roof would look yummy in any one o these finely crafted bowls. Fantastic turning Jim.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 10-21-2014 12:12 PM

Very nice bowls Jim. Besides being such an accomplished turner you are unbelievably brave man to venture into a high school wood shop while the students are turning. I have heard a lot of horror stories from my sons who did turning in wood shop classes. My favorite was e about the skew chisel that flew out of the hands of a student while turning and stuck in the door jam just a couple of inches away from the shop teacher who was coming through the door at the time. Much more scary than hockey sticks!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 10-21-2014 12:30 PM

you certainly know what you’re doing at the lathe, i love them all, that box elder wood is one of those woods that really grab me, i used a piece of it when i made my walnut desk that won the contest, boxelder is a beautiful wood, but i do have to say they all turned out well…a play on words…lol..i love your work jim…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#11 posted 10-21-2014 02:03 PM

Passing on the skills ,knowledge and spirit. NICE !!!!!!!!!!!!!


-- Kiefer

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#12 posted 10-21-2014 02:29 PM

Beautiful grain and color you have revealed in those bowls, Jim! As far as them turning through the bowl bottoms…they will not forget that lesson! Thanks for sharing with the students and us.

-- God bless, Candy

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#13 posted 10-21-2014 03:53 PM

Your student are fortunate to have you as their instructor Jim. Beautiful bowls as always!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#14 posted 10-21-2014 04:39 PM

Thanks Roger, Mike,Bob,Klaus candy and Lee!!

Hi Roger, How did I know that ice cream is what you’d be thinking. It is a good idea for that big box elder bowl!!

Hi Mike. They are pretty safe at turning but the way they have these lathes arranged,when one of them get to taking heavy cuts, he blows the chips down the back of the guy behind him.

Hi Bob, the box elder bowls are the most handled bowl at the art fair each year and they sell good too!

Hi Candy, we had two meeting today on wall thickness and bottom thickness. I took the challenge to save one of the bowls with the bottom gone.It is being glued up right now and will be a two species bowl when it is finished. I want to let them know that you will always make mistakes, but learning how to recover is the trick they need to learn so they enjoy woodworking.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 10-21-2014 04:41 PM

Great job as always, and even greater job in sharing your knowledge with the next generation of woodworkers.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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