Inside Out Tea Light

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 12-26-2015 02:01 AM 1667 views 4 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This started as just an inside out turning without a final plan in mind. It was cut from a 3×3 piece of mahogany that LJ Doug Scott dropped off and I just wanted to see how this would work if I screwed the pieces together instead of gluing with paper in between and tape around the outside. I think it is a slick way to make these inside out turning just by leaving the blank a little longer. I used 8 screws to hold it together.

This was another experiment using the brass powder that LJ Arlin Eastman steered me to. I tried it once with epoxy and it did not work so good. This time I used CA glue and it polished up like a piece of solid brass in the groove. The place to buy that powder is in the 6th photo.
It is about 3” square x 7” high
I finished it with Danish oil and will buff it after it dries overnight.

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

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#1 posted 12-26-2015 02:08 AM

Love it!!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#2 posted 12-26-2015 02:27 AM


Sure looks good!

That Brass Ring loos super too!

Merry Christmas!

... sipping on Margaritas now… :)

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

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#3 posted 12-26-2015 02:30 AM

Awesome results Jim. I think you are getting the hang of inside out turning.

-- 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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#4 posted 12-26-2015 02:37 AM

Looks great! Is this the product of your new lathe in action?

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

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#5 posted 12-26-2015 02:53 AM

Jim that is very cool. I like the fact you screwed the pieces together

-- Ron Campbell

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#6 posted 12-26-2015 03:12 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments.

Hi John. This is the second job off the new lathe. I first made 2 more long shoehorns from white oak but did not post them. They were made to order and are gone. I have 2 bowls roughed out but I’m running out of time so they may wait until April now.

Hi Ron. I will always screw them together from now on! I love your new Avatar!!!!!!!! That piece is truly top shelf!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#7 posted 12-26-2015 03:53 AM

Great job Jim, I screw mine together also.
Love the brass ring.


-- 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 12-26-2015 04:27 AM

Thanks, Bob. Great minds must think alike. It sure beats gluing and waiting.

Happy new Year, my friend….....................Cheers, Jim

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

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#9 posted 12-26-2015 04:33 AM

Beautiful candle stick/tealight holder, Jim! I really like that you left the base squarish. Did you take it off the lathe to do the brass, then put it back to finish? Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas and safe travels!

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 12-26-2015 08:19 AM

Yeah. What Candy said. The brass, I’m afraid I didn’t notice til I got to the last photo. so enamored of the square bottom was I. Then, when I went back through the photos, it was like a second honeymoon. And, please to ‘splain, step-by-talking-to-a-buffoon, step, the process of the brass work. Any time I use CA with some filler, I wind up with something that looks more like a dam of CA than a clean fill. Probably, because the “filler” I’m using is wood dust. Nonetheless. Please ‘splain. For, once I have it in my head, I’m sure I’ll feel more settled about putting out the rupees for the nice metal and stone stuff you use. One other thing, and I’ll shut up.
I’ve never thought to use screws. Just tonight, I turned an inny-outy. The glue is drying right now. Nylon tape, wrapped around both ends. One end held in the 2” chuck jaws. The other end hot glued to a wooden faceplate, pressed against the live center with its nipple removed. Worked just fine. No messing with screws. No messing with how do get them apart now?.
And another thing: Do I understand that you close up shop for the winter? I know it’s c-o-o-o-ld in Michigan. But, a guy like you? Surely, you can get around a little thing like the weather. Paul goes to Arizona, where he has a “summer shop.” You know those heaters they use on restaurant patios? Or the ones that hang from the rafters in warehouses? They’re very effective. You must put your thumb firmly against your nose and say, “Cold? Schmold! I got stuff to do. My fans have certain expectations.”
That’s all I have to say about that, sitting in the dungeon (garage), in Southern California, where it’s forty-some-odd degrees, wearing my Funky Winkerbean hat with the ear flaps, and a little ceramic heater next to my chair and my insides-warming liquid in a glass at my elbow.

-- Mark

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#11 posted 12-26-2015 10:38 AM

Beautiful sculpture!It looks so elegant.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 12-26-2015 11:01 AM

Very nice Jim, great idea with the screwing, definitely a lot safer than tape.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#13 posted 12-26-2015 12:19 PM

This turned out so nicely, Jim.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#14 posted 12-26-2015 02:26 PM

The candle burns late once again in the shop. That’s a nice design Jim, nice touch.

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

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#15 posted 12-26-2015 11:01 PM

Real cool tea light Jim, never thought to screw together that’s what I love about this site you are always learning something new (& useful)

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

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