Trivet and another Roadrunner Key Ring Holder

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 06-03-2015 01:43 AM 1654 views 6 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished one project and waiting for the lettering to be done on another so I used up a couple of pieces of wood that were not good for anything of any size.

The first one is a pistachio trivet that is made in the style of Michelletwo. I know I am supposed to use sound wood for this but I epoxied the voids in this before turning. This was just a test and not meant to be anything but it worked out pretty good. I started out without a backer board in the lathe but it flexed too much so I bolted on a piece of 5/8” plywood for support. The pistachio is 3’8 thick and 8” diameter. Because I plan to use this in the kitchen, I sanded off all the sharp thin ends that you get when turning off center like this. I had to spend some time cutting out all the “hanging chads” between the grooves. It is finished with clear matte spray.

The second piece is another road runner key ring holder that I made for an upcoming sale. It is made from a scrap piece of mesquite and finished with clear matte spray. The grain in mesquite really looks like the texture of the bird!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 06-03-2015 01:57 AM

Jim great looking piece. Michelle is featured artist on Woodturners Unlimited. Her work is the best. Where can I find her write up on this. I am tempted to try one

-- Ron Campbell

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#2 posted 06-03-2015 02:12 AM

Thanks, Ron. She stated the method on a piece a few months ago and used 1/2” holes. I used 3/8 holes at 3/4” in opposite directions of center and just held a bolt in the chuck. If I was to do any more, I’d make a plate welded on a 1” nut and have a tapped hole in the center so I could really torque it down. This one slipped a couple times with the bolt just clamped in the chuck jaws.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#3 posted 06-03-2015 03:19 AM

Oooo I like it, Jim! Do you think it wold work with contrasting woods face glued? Thanks for sharing. I favorited this and saved a link to Michelletwo’s tutorial. Going to check out some more of her projects!

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 06-03-2015 03:38 AM

You’re following a pretty tricky gal there Jim, Michelle does some amassing work
That pistachio looks like real hard stuff & probably not worried by a hot pan, you’re starting to get fancy here Boy, well done :)

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

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#5 posted 06-03-2015 03:54 AM

Nice trivets, especialy off center sides.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 06-03-2015 05:21 AM

Very Good, Jim!

I can’t see how you “turned” it on a lathe…

Did you mount it one way on a side, turn the grooves 1/2 way (+ maybe an 1/8”) through the thickness…
Take it off, turned it over, & mounted it again at a different center point, & turned more grooves 1/2 the thickness (+1/8”)??

COOL Project!

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#7 posted 06-03-2015 08:53 AM

That’s impressive Jim….nice work sir.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#8 posted 06-03-2015 09:52 AM

hey Jim!!! you are a good student :-) lookin’ just fine! Glad you were able to follow my short tutorial and were able to achieve this. Fun, wasn’t it?
For those of you who missed it, go to my projects page here at LJ’s where I did a very short & sweet tutorial on how to make this type of turning. I believe it is entitled HOW-TO Please tho folks, be very very careful. This spins off center and there are many forces involved. Please use very solid wood, and take your time.
thanks Jim for making me your buddy and letting me know you were successful in this . Hope you expand the idea and show me some new stuff :-)

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#9 posted 06-03-2015 10:07 AM

Very nicely done Jim and arty too. My grandkids did some trivets on my scroll saw for their parents several years ago as a Christmas gift and they are still used regularly. My point being that they are well worth the time spent to make them.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 06-03-2015 11:34 AM

Good morning and thank you all for the nice comments on these little pieces.

Hi Joe, you got it right. I cut 3/16 deep on one side and the down until it broke through on the other
Here is the project that got me interested:

Hi Michelle. hearing a good word from you in very important. I love your work and I’m amazed at the designs you make. I can see why you are a featured artist on Woodturners Unlimited.
The 5/32” cutter I used is one I made for a similar try at making one set of full circles on one side and 3 smaller ones on the back. IT BLEW UP!! I put that backer plate in there when I saw this one springing a bit. I did not want a repeat performance!! I will redesign the cutter for less side drag for a future one.

It was fun and might be repeated with better wood!!

cheers, Jim

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

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#11 posted 06-03-2015 02:13 PM

Looks great Jim. I’m a big fan of Michelle’s work as well.
Have you considered counter weighting the backer disc?
I’ve only ever read about off centre turning once but that was a big part of the article.

BTW, someone has to comment on the roadrunner. You got the grain perfect, time to get into marquetry.
Drop by for another lesson any time.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#12 posted 06-03-2015 02:24 PM

shipwright: no need for counterbalance on a project this size & if it were 20 in diam & 6” thick..well that’s another story…my pieces all run 3/8ths and less thick

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#13 posted 06-03-2015 03:35 PM

Hey Jim, This is awesome. I love trying new things out on the lathe. I first saw this style reading a 1980’s magazine, cant remember which one, But I have been intrigued by it. If I can find it, I’ll let you know. Meanwhile, here is a link to a master of this.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#14 posted 06-03-2015 03:42 PM

That’s really neat, good job. The first picture makes it look 10 feet tall though. It’s messing with my head!

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#15 posted 06-03-2015 04:00 PM

Ultra cool work! Congrats on the DT3.

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

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