Chestnut Hollow Vessel

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 11-10-2014 05:49 PM 2054 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a piece of one of the branches I cut off a crotch that got made into a bowl. Rather that pitch it, I put it on the lathe and turned two tenons on it and then made a hollow piece- hollowing from the bottom because the hole is only 5/16” in the top. I wanted to see if I could make a super thin flange and it worked out pretty good. There was the usual crack that appeared but some epoxy and sawdust filled ‘er up . I plan to make a finial plug for the top at a later date .

It is 2 3/4” dia. and 5 1/4” high and finished with clear glaze spray

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

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#1 posted 11-10-2014 06:22 PM

That is really nice.

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#2 posted 11-10-2014 07:22 PM

Nice Jim. It is rare to hear about chestnut these days.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 11-10-2014 08:21 PM


That hole in the top looks really SMALL…

Looks very interesting… I don’t see how you hollowed it out through such a small hole…
... no signs of hollowing from the bottom… that I could see…

COOL thingy…

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#4 posted 11-10-2014 10:32 PM

Jim nice job

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#5 posted 11-10-2014 11:34 PM

That’s a BELTER Jim! Well Done.

-- Keith, Norfolk England. Why Burn it when you can Turn it??!!

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#6 posted 11-11-2014 12:29 AM

Lovely piece Jim, that Chestnut is such a beautiful timber.
Love the shape and finish.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#7 posted 11-11-2014 12:30 AM

Thanks you all for the nice comments.

Hi Mike. I just happened to find all this chestnut wood when I was picking cherries at the orchard- they have cherries and chestnuts! They will have a whole lot of wood next year when they cut down all the Asian chestnut trees in the orchard. They found that when the Asian trees pollinate the European trees, the chestnuts rot on the tree. Through studies at Michigan State University, they found that could graft Korean chestnuts to the growth that comes up from the trees they cut down and the pollination of the European trees is just fine, so that is what the plan to do in the future

Hi Joe, there is a plug in the bottom that I turned to fit the recess I cut in there. I had it marked well when I cut it in two so it went back right in line with the grain on the piece.

I turn a tenon on both ends of the log. then I cut off a shor pice off the bottom. I turn the outside of the top piece roughly to size,then bore the inside to make a uniform wall and a small mortice in the bottom.Then I turn a small tenon on the short piece to fit and glue it in and continue to finish the piece holding it by the bottom tenon I first turned on that short part of the log.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#8 posted 11-11-2014 12:47 AM

Jim very nice!!! I was about to ask you the same question regarding hollowing, but you have already explained the process… but thank you anyway.

Good project. Well done!!!!!



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#9 posted 11-11-2014 01:36 AM

Sweet as Jim :)

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

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#10 posted 11-11-2014 02:07 AM

Very nice vessel Jim. Love the way you flared and feathered the top.

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

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#11 posted 11-11-2014 02:41 AM

Nice work Jim. I agree with Jim Sellers, that top turned out great. I have trouble doing that and always get a catch.

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

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#12 posted 11-11-2014 10:41 AM

Unusual, good looking shape – finish is incredible!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 11-11-2014 03:08 PM

Fine fine fine!

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

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#14 posted 11-13-2014 02:49 AM

Thanks Cliff, Pete, Jim, Dave, Ivan and Roger!!

Hi Dave. I finished the top with a 3/8 bowl gouge and when I worked under the flange, I went in with a push cut using the nose of the gouge and then turned the gouge and brought it out with a scrape cut. I did get a catch ,too, and that is why I decided to turn it to sweep it out.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#15 posted 11-18-2014 04:30 PM

Another nice turn Jim, my last woodworker meeting they were talking me into getting a small bench top Lathe.

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