Re-Turned Lidded Bowl

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 09-08-2015 12:42 PM 1095 views 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine had this bowl turned by his brother in 2011 and he asked me if I would turn it with more of a shape on the bottom. The top looked similar to they way I left it but the bottom was just bowled out in the inside, but the outside was just square to the bottom and there were 3 mounting holes all the way through the piece. It had a good rim fit so I had to keep it pretty concentric to what he had to keep that fit. Luckily there was a center still marked on the bottom and I used that to put a 2 1/8 Forstner bit through it to remove all 3 holes. I made a contrasting plug from rosewood and turned it with a jam chuck to make the tenon on the bottom.

On the top, I grabbed it by the handle and got it running very true and put in the mortise to hold it from the inside to cut the lid to the finished shape. The old handle was very thick so I had enough to work with because I marked it up pretty bad with the chuck..

It is Mahogany and finished with clear lacquer. He’ll get it back tonight.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 09-08-2015 01:07 PM

That’s a very nice bowl, great turning.

-- "The Cedar King"

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#2 posted 09-08-2015 01:10 PM

Like doing a remake of an old movie Jim, making it better than it was. You’re always up for a challenge. It’s a lot harder to do something over.

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

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#3 posted 09-08-2015 01:11 PM

A very impressive display of your ability as a turner. It “turned” out quite well.

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

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#4 posted 09-08-2015 01:13 PM

Well done Jim.

-- Ron Campbell

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#5 posted 09-08-2015 01:28 PM

And I bet he will love it.
Congratulations on a great re-do.

-- 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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#6 posted 09-08-2015 01:32 PM

Beautifully done, Jim.

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 09-08-2015 02:01 PM

You are back! Wonderful shape and colour.Excellent turning.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 09-08-2015 02:49 PM

Excellent work as always sir

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 09-08-2015 03:59 PM

You did a good job Jim.

It seems like you are always helping someone. Thanks for helping me.

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

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#10 posted 09-08-2015 07:17 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I think he’ll like it better now. It is easier to start from scratch!!

Hi Arlin. I like helping friends. I feel we are here to serve! Say,I tried out the copper and brass powder last night and I did not get them to shine you you did in your pieces. Do you have to use CA glue with it?? I used epoxy. I made some little miniature spoons for each one of them so I ‘ll have a dedicated tool to take it out with each time!!
Thanks, Jim

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

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#11 posted 09-08-2015 08:08 PM

Good save. My first thought after reading you explaination was just what you said: “It is easier to start from scratch”.
I have tried to re-work some bowls I made for friends that had seen hard service and needed clean up and refinishing. They almost always go slightly out of round and if they were stained by salad oil or other fluids the discoloration was impossible to remove.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#12 posted 09-08-2015 08:49 PM

Nice one Jim. Similar to one I did.

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

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#13 posted 09-08-2015 08:50 PM

I would call that a ” DOUBLE DOUBLE ”
Nice rework Jim and it looks very attractive with the new shape ,would have liked a picture of the before .


-- Kiefer

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#14 posted 09-08-2015 09:17 PM

Thanks Les, Tony and Klaus.

Hi Les. I was lucky on this one that I had to take out part of the bottom. If it did not have the 3 holes in it, I would have glued on a spigot. The same for the lid. If it did not have anything to grab onto, I would have to glue on a piece for a holder. There is always a way to do it. The trick here was to keep the edge concentric for the lid to fit okay.

If is was stained and had to be cut, I would just stain the newly cut part with salad dressing or whatever to bring it blend in. Sand and stain!! If you have to go to clean wood all over, you might get pretty thin. It is like recutting rotors for disk brakes, it gets to a point where you have to pitch them and start with a fresh replacement!

Hi Klaus. I wish I would have taken a picture of it too. It was sitting in the barn for a couple weeks while I worked on other stuff and when I had the time, I just went at it to finish it. The camera was no where around. Just picture it with a solid square bottom outside.
Cheers, Jim

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

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#15 posted 09-08-2015 10:40 PM

Nicely done Jim, your friend is sure to be pleased.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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