Maple Burl Grooved Trivet

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 06-10-2015 11:48 PM 1915 views 6 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I kind of like this grooving so I laid out a pattern where I did not cut through the outer edge and cut a piece of maple burl to do it in. The front side turned fine, but on the back side there was this light yellow streak that tuned out to be a loose part of a branch. It survived the facing cut, but went south when I did the grooving but I completed it anyway. It is still usable as a trivet only not symmetrical like I wanted. I do like that little triangle that is left in the center!!

It is 5 1/2” diameter and 1/4” thick and finished with clear matte spray. I added some shots of the turning on the lathe. I just happened to have an adapter with a 1/4- 20 threaded shaft sticking out that worked just fine. I may make a 10-24 one for the next one so I can go with a smaller hole and narrower groove on the front side. With that backer ring, it is real stable cutting. The front side was turned with a spigot glued on the back that got removed for the small ring cuts.

These are fun.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 06-10-2015 11:52 PM

love the design

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#2 posted 06-10-2015 11:55 PM

Fine work Jim. You may be getting the hang of these but they give me the chills. I will have to give these a closer look.

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

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#3 posted 06-11-2015 12:02 AM

One word for this project Jim…..awesome!!! Nice one 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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#4 posted 06-11-2015 12:24 AM

I have been wanting to try this but have not worked up the courage. Michelle will take a look and comment. May need you to com out and show me how. Well done Jim

-- Ron Campbell

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#5 posted 06-11-2015 12:52 AM

Very nice, Jim!

You’ve got The Hang of it now!

Super COOL! :)

I can see using a router table w/ circle cutting jig…

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

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#6 posted 06-11-2015 01:05 AM

Nice work! Does the 5 1/2” size keep it from trying to take off when cutting the 3 rings?

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

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#7 posted 06-11-2015 01:11 AM

Amazing job Jim. Nicely done.

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

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#8 posted 06-11-2015 01:52 AM

It just keeps getting more exciting Jim, I wonder “what next”.
They get a bit scary with all those grooves.

Thanks for sharing.


-- 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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#9 posted 06-11-2015 02:32 AM

That is a really cool project Jim! I might have to try that some time. But, need some practice first…

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 06-11-2015 02:49 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments.
These are really groovy. I guess I have Michelletwo to thank for getting me interested. I have a lot of bowls around the house. Time to try something new. I already have the next one designed in my mind, I have to get it down on paper before I forget.

Hi Dave. It is not bad as long as the area where you are doing the backside cut is backed up. It is stabilized then. Having the center screw firmly in the adapter let me tighten it real tight so I got no slippage like I did with the screw tightened in the chuck.

Hi Ron. I’ll bring it and the cutter to the Guild meeting on the 20th and show you how I did it.

Hi Joe. I have been thinking about using a router- only mounted horizontally in the lathe to expand on the patterns.

Hi Robert, the smaller size left less flying off center, but the backing disk for the second cuts makes it easy. I knew from my drawing that the back circles could be 2 1/2” max so I made 3” backer disk. No chatter that way and no flex of the whole thing.

Hi Bob. What’s next? A bigger one! And for sure more sound material!.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#11 posted 06-11-2015 03:05 AM

Hey Mate you’re moving up a notch or two here, pretty impressive piece Jim, wouldn’t worry about the mishap cos the main thing is you worked it out for the next one. Mick will be interested in this one :)
Good stuff mate

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

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#12 posted 06-11-2015 03:35 AM

Your work is always beautiful and inspiring.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#13 posted 06-11-2015 03:43 AM

Jim, I studied this for quite awhile. I’m sure I understand it now. Looks simple enough to give it a try. I’ll keep my face shield at hand. Nice thinking and designing on your part.

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

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#14 posted 06-11-2015 03:53 AM

That is nice work Jim. Awesome design. Thanks for sharing. I would need a lot more practice on my late to try something like that.


-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#15 posted 06-11-2015 04:12 AM

Jim you are having tooooooo much fun at the lathe but you better watch for flying debris .
Keep it up it looks like nice work even with that little piece missing .


-- Kiefer

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