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Pistachio Shelf

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 04-17-2016 03:21 PM 1409 views 1 time favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a little shelf I started in Arizona and finished up in my shop here in Michigan. It is made from a scrap wormy piece of pistachio I picked up from the scrap pile at Dead Wood Salvage and with cholla cactus gussets for a southwest accent. The worm tracks in the front and top are filled with man made azurite powder. I left the tracks in the back and bottom open. The last shot shows the dowel construction.

It is finished with clear lacquer.

Cheers, Jim

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





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#1 posted 04-17-2016 03:45 PM

I like this one more Jim, it has a center look to it. I know that cholla is a bear to cut being so delicate and those 45’s must be difficult. Well done. I’m finishing off a shelf using a piece of the cholla you gave me, but in a little different manner. Should be posting it soon.

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

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#2 posted 04-17-2016 04:52 PM

great piece of wood…and the cholla is a nicely done accent.

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#3 posted 04-17-2016 05:10 PM

That looks really awesome, I love the wood and love the shelf braces.

-- "The Cedar King"

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#4 posted 04-17-2016 05:20 PM

Beautiful Shelf…

... that cactus stuff really Makes it…

COOL!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#5 posted 04-17-2016 05:27 PM

Very interesting project with interesting materials. Thanks for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#6 posted 04-17-2016 06:01 PM

Nice work, Jim. I had no idea pistachio wood looked like that. Beautiful.

-- Andy Smith https://www.etsy.com/shop/xrayhardwoods

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#7 posted 04-17-2016 06:28 PM

Jim, that wood is amazing and this shelf turned out beautifully.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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#8 posted 04-17-2016 07:43 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments.

Hi Dave, that cholla is fragile when cutting it on the band saw. I scrapped out one piece in making these. You should see what Ron Campbell does with it. He fills it with Alumilite and turns it and it is just beautiful!! Here it is:http://lumberjocks.com/projects/240362

Hi Andy. This is male pistachio. The female is reddish/pinkish.

Jim

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

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#9 posted 04-17-2016 08:02 PM

This has a real authentic & organic look about it Jim, fabulous mate
pete

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

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#10 posted 04-17-2016 08:17 PM

Thanks, Pete. I just could not see this piece of wood burned on the pile!!

Cheers, my friend!.............Jim

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

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#11 posted 04-17-2016 08:48 PM

“Hi Andy. This is male pistachio. The female is reddish/pinkish.”
I’m not sure I want to know how to determine the sex of a cactus.
I do want want to know if the Cholla is desiccated and hollow when you get it.
It’s beautiful piece, Jim.

-- Mark

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#12 posted 04-17-2016 09:37 PM

I’ve never seen cholla before but would love to try it sometime! Beautiful work!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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#13 posted 04-17-2016 10:15 PM

Looks good Jim, sure is pretty wood. I like it !!!

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- http://www.jmh-limited-editions.com/home.html --

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#14 posted 04-17-2016 10:20 PM

Nice one Jim .
Very organic , appealing and artistic piece of work .
Love the look of pecan .

Klaus

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#15 posted 04-17-2016 11:19 PM

Real nice Jim, a great save from the fire heap and certainly a one off shelf. Should have got Ron to touch up the chollo??

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

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