Grapefruit Bowl and Scoop

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 06-22-2015 11:13 AM 1501 views 2 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The bowl and scoop were made from Ambrosia maple from big tree that was blow down in a tornado at Mary Lou’s ( widow of LJ Dingle) house in Indiana last year. She delivered three logs to me this month and I made these for her. A memory of that big maple that smashed her deck and fell just short of the house.
The wood still had a high moisture content. It was fun to turn but it is drying and warping. The volume of the scoop will remain the same and the grapefruit is flexible to fit to the bowl!! The bowl moved 1/16. I think you can see it from the top view.

They are finished with 2 coats of Watco Butcher Block Finish. This is the first time I tried this finish and it seems to build a sheen whereas the salad bowl finish I have used stays rather flat. I may try another coat yet.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 06-22-2015 11:53 AM

Love it Jim

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#2 posted 06-22-2015 11:59 AM

Thanks, Rick. Do you want a chunk of it? The logs all cracked so I split them with and ax and collected the big pieces that are without cracks. It is a bit green and fun to turn. Not dry enough for pens yet!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#3 posted 06-22-2015 12:40 PM

Very nice.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#4 posted 06-22-2015 12:43 PM

I love both of these, Jim. That scoop is really an eye catcher.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 06-22-2015 12:51 PM

Nice grain in those Jim. Good thing there was no damage to her home. I have a extremely large Elm tree scheduled to be taken down in the next week or two next to my house. Too many damaged limbs causing issues. Hoping to get some nice pieces out of it.
I’m going to try making one of those scoops. We need one.

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

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#6 posted 06-22-2015 01:02 PM

Super nice as always Jim.

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

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#7 posted 06-22-2015 02:56 PM

Very nice, Jim! It’s always fun to experiment with new finishes, isn’t it!


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#8 posted 06-22-2015 03:23 PM


That is some really nice stuff.

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#9 posted 06-22-2015 04:07 PM

Thanks Roger, josh and Arlin.

Hi Josh. Yes I like to try different finishes because when I find some wood that won’t finish up to what I like with one of them I try some of the others I have. This butcher block finish is really nice stuff. I wet sanded these 2 pieces and put the third coat on today. It takes 72 hours to dry and then you wash them.
I’m getting to like to make scoops so I’ll turn a few more for the sale to see if anyone wants one instead of the plastic ones.

cheers, Jim

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

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#10 posted 06-22-2015 04:26 PM

It’s a better home than a grapefruit deserves…lol nice work there Jim. You lathe guys impress the dickens outta me…of course is there any tool you haven’t mastered yet buddy?

-- 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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#11 posted 06-22-2015 04:37 PM

Nicely done Sir!!

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

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#12 posted 06-22-2015 06:24 PM

that is some beautiful wood, and you have turned it and worked it very nicely, this will be a wonderful gift…

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

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#13 posted 06-22-2015 06:34 PM

You realy do miracles on that lathe maschine. Nice cups and bowl.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 06-22-2015 08:38 PM

Very nice—those turned out quit attractive.

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

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#15 posted 06-22-2015 09:24 PM

Bet Mary Lou will treasure these Jim as a memory you have given her of Dingle, lovely thoughts mate, nice looking timber as well as the turning

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

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