Kitchen Table Organizer #2

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 05-12-2016 01:56 PM 1933 views 3 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The oldest grand daughter is getting an apartment and my wife has been buying things she’ll need and I said I’d make her an organizer for the table. It is made from cherry and curved everywhere.
Like the last one I made, I needed a 3 1/16” round pocket so this one spent a little time on the lathe for that.

All the construction holes were filled with cherry plugs.
Instead of using any fasteners, the napkin holder blades are held in with tenons the full length. It is finished with Danish oil.

I added some shots below of the build process. along the way I use some of the new projects i had just made this spring to make the work easier.

Using the mill vise table

Boring the big hole. It cleared the ways by 1/8”

Using the horizontal sander

Using the downdraft table

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

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#1 posted 05-12-2016 02:06 PM

That’s a really great idea. I bet the whole lathe process was something else.

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#2 posted 05-12-2016 02:08 PM

Nice one Jim.

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

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#3 posted 05-12-2016 02:45 PM

This is a cool and a perfect timer Jim. I just broke ours and we need a new one. I could build it out of hickory and match the rest of the kitchen. (Before she buys another ceramic one.) Thanks Jim.
That must of sounded like a airplane on the lathe.

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

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#4 posted 05-12-2016 03:13 PM

Simple project made difficult with through tenons vs screws and lathe circles vs Forstner bits… to love it!

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#5 posted 05-12-2016 03:43 PM

I’m always happy to see your work’s progress photos. What kind of fabric is there bellow (on last photo) where you sand the base of the holder? I think it’s something with more friction to hold piece without fixing it.
By the way, I’m also pleased to make stuff for my familie and friends. Very nice holder.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 05-12-2016 03:53 PM

Looks great Jim, We need one like that for our new house.

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

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#7 posted 05-12-2016 04:30 PM

It’s very nice, Jim, and I liked the presentation.

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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#8 posted 05-12-2016 04:31 PM

nice idea Jim,maybe you’ll turn salt and paper shaker?
it’s on my to do list now
have a nice day

-- bambi

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#9 posted 05-12-2016 04:48 PM

As always, thats a nice piece Jim. My favorite projects are the ones I make for my family and friends.

-- Andy Smith

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#10 posted 05-12-2016 04:52 PM

Very COOL project and Procedure…

She will LOVE IT!

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

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#11 posted 05-12-2016 07:40 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments!

Hi Bob, once I found it would clear the ways, I cut out he pocket in 5 minutes with a skew and bedan.

Hi Dave, it did not make much sound on the lathe but I had to cut it at 400 rpm to keep down the vibration from being so far off center.

Hi Ivan, that white material is rubberized shelf lining material that comes in 12” wide rolls. I also cut it into circles and use it in front of a jam chuck on the lathe. I does not mark the part and provides enough friction for turning the bottoms off bowls etc.

Hi Bambi. I should turn some salt and pepper shakers. it would give me practice for threading in the lathe.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#12 posted 05-12-2016 08:55 PM

Great present Jim & a great reminder of you when she uses it.

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

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#13 posted 05-12-2016 11:42 PM

Jim, your organizer has that yesteryear look. I like it!!

-- 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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#14 posted 05-13-2016 12:12 AM

Nice organiser Jim but the build pictures are the fun part on this and all your new tools in action but the lathe pictures are a little scary to my liking .


-- Kiefer

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#15 posted 05-13-2016 12:35 AM

Nice project Jim, will make a nice present.

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

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