"Hot" Salsa/Dip and Chip Tray and Pistachio Pendant

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 11-29-2016 09:30 PM 2381 views 2 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple more projects got finished today. The first one is an Ambrosia Maple serving tray for chips and dip that has been fractal burned on the inside. I made the mistake of trying to sand it on the lathe with all the black ash in there and it got into the fibers of the wood . So I took a skin cut on the inside to clean it up and a lot of the fine burned patterns were taken away. I left the deep burned grooves that seemed to really light up no matter where I put the electrodes…...... as shown here:

It is finished with lacquer on the outside and Watco Butcher Block Finish on the inside and then 3 stage buffed and waxed all over.

The other piece is a small pendant that I cut out of the scrap pistachio wood ( last photo) that I was throwing out. I wanted to see how it would look in that shape. It is finished with Danish oil and then 3 stage buffed and waxed.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 11-29-2016 09:39 PM

Harnessing two of the most destructive powers known to man – electricity and fire – is impressive beyond belief, Jim. Very pretty stuff, in the end.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 11-29-2016 10:53 PM

Wow Jim, how many volts have you got going through the probes? Nice deep burns that could be filled with colored epoxy, ended up a nice dip tray. Like the pendent, always a use for scrap wood. Well done.

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

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#3 posted 11-29-2016 11:04 PM

OMG… What a HOT project!

Although it really is COOL! :)

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

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#4 posted 11-30-2016 12:40 AM

Great job Jim, love the bowl, have you considered doing a blog on how to build a Fractioal burner, I saved the transformer from an old unused microwave, but that’s as far as I have gotten. PM me and let me know

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#5 posted 11-30-2016 12:57 AM

Mrkixx, many a video on ytube re factional burners using microwave transformers but for a 100% safe unit have a look at

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

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#6 posted 11-30-2016 01:03 AM

Wohoooo that’s on fire!
Lovely with these experiments all in the hunt for beauty.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 11-30-2016 02:03 AM


-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 11-30-2016 02:35 AM

That just not only a hot project, Its smoking hot..We got a new microwave this summer, I saved the old one to try this sort of thing.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#9 posted 11-30-2016 02:57 AM

You might say just hot off the press Jim. Well done.

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

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#10 posted 11-30-2016 03:31 AM

Wow Jim !!! Let there be fire !!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#11 posted 11-30-2016 05:08 AM

Is that fire in the hole or fire in the bowl. Jim, that’s a wicked way to light up a bowl. Sure looks cool when its done. Nice work.

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

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#12 posted 11-30-2016 06:17 AM

Where is the pistacio?and beer?I came to late?

-- bambi

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#13 posted 11-30-2016 08:18 AM

Awesome technic, I’m so impressed and even frightened when I look at the process.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 11-30-2016 08:44 AM

Nice work Jim. A good assortment.


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#15 posted 11-30-2016 11:07 AM

those all look great Jim, I’m always amazed at the fractal burning.

The pendant is really nice, too. great looking wood and shows lots of patience working with a piece that small.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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