Roadrunner Keychain Holders

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 05-25-2015 08:58 PM 1527 views 0 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started these key chain holders last winter and just finished them for an upcoming sale.
They are 1/2” x 12 1/2” long and stand 3” high. They have 5 pegs for key chains and I have one of the mounting screws painted white in the center and is positioned as the eye of the bird. The pistachio is rough like the bird with cracks and barked areas- it was made out of scrap on the burn pile at the saw mill. They are finished with clear 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 05-25-2015 09:42 PM

i really like these jim, i lived in arizona as a kid, and use to see these guys once in awhile, i like the wood, do you have much left…and big stuff, for like a table top or something….its pretty wood.

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#2 posted 05-25-2015 10:04 PM

beep beep…



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#3 posted 05-25-2015 10:18 PM

Thanks Bob and Joe!!

Hi Bob, I can get a lot of it in Casa Grande and I have a piece for a small table right now. I have to buy the nice stuff. John at the saw mill will stand up a log and cut it across or at and angle to make an oval top. It has a lot of voids and cracks that one can fill with black epoxy and turquoise.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#4 posted 05-25-2015 10:31 PM

I never worked with pistachio before. I assume that with checks and voids turning is out of the question.
Do you do these on a band saw or a jig saw?

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#5 posted 05-25-2015 11:16 PM

Used to love this guy as a kid Jim, pleasant memories. Real novel holders :)
these will sell like crazy I bet

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

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#6 posted 05-25-2015 11:35 PM

Nice idea. You did a good job with the design. If I tried that, we would have to have a contest to decide what it was. I enjoy seeing what you make.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#7 posted 05-25-2015 11:47 PM

Luv ‘em.
Brings back kid memories, and I’m sure that others will love them too.
Beautiful wood.
Thanks for sharing Mate.

-- 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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#8 posted 05-25-2015 11:59 PM

Nice roadrunners Jim. I always wanted to see one in real life. Hopefully on our next trip out West.

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

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#9 posted 05-26-2015 12:15 AM


That is a really neat project. What is the pegs made out of?

Now that I seen pistachio I like it. Has a lot of contrast in it.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#10 posted 05-26-2015 01:25 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I hope they do sell. We have one in our place in Az and use it every day for our keys.

Hi Uncle Stumpy. If you get a sound piece, it is gorgeous turned. This is the male pistachio. The female tree wood is pinkish in color. I cut these out on a scroll saw.

Hi Pete. Wilie Coyote was always after the road runner but never seem to catch him.

Hi Robert. This is not my design for the bird. My friend Kent makes wooden jewelry and other things on stands for decorations. I bought one of his road runners and blew it up 200% on the copier so it was big enough for the 5 pegs. We trade wood a lot and some times patterns.

Hi Dave. We have road runners in the park all the time. They like meat and at our other park, one of the guys had one eating hamburger out of his hand. It takes a while for them to trust you to come close enough.

Hi Arlin. This is the pistachio project I was talking about. The pegs are maple axles for wooden wheels. We used to have Grand Rapids Dowel in town and I bought a bag of 1000 from them many moons ago and there still some left.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#11 posted 05-26-2015 02:37 AM

Those are cute. I bet they go over good.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#12 posted 05-26-2015 03:25 AM

Good one Jim.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 05-26-2015 03:29 AM

Lots of character in that pistachio wood, Jim! Great job. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#14 posted 05-26-2015 09:23 AM

What a great concept Jim, you should start making other theme key chains, The long horn would be a great one.

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#15 posted 05-26-2015 09:50 AM

Beautiful 3D design. Your ideas are incredible!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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