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Osage Orange Shoehorns and Dishes

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 01-17-2018 08:47 PM 706 views 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My friend Myron from Clarinda, Ia. brought me a stash of osage orange wood to the park this year ( last photo).
I used one board and cut out 7 shoehorn blanks and a couple dishes out of the thin wood. I only finished 2 of the shoehorns because I only had 2 kits here. I gave Myron a shoehorn and the 2 dishes.

They are finished with Danish Oil and 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 01-17-2018 08:54 PM

They are great Jim, I love working with Osage Orange. Nice finish, what do you use?

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

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lew

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#2 posted 01-17-2018 09:34 PM

Beautiful!

Nice touch with the turquoise in that bowl.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 01-17-2018 11:06 PM

bet Myron was happy with these Jim :)
Been meaning to ask you how does the Os O hold it’s colour long term Jim, we don’t get this stuff downunder so I’ve never had anything to do with it?
cheers
pete

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

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#4 posted 01-17-2018 11:58 PM

Very nice Jim. Looks like some straight grain pieces. Those shoehorns are getting longer and longer.

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

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#5 posted 01-18-2018 12:53 AM

Color of that wood is sure bright. You are a real pro making the shoe horns, I use mine all the time.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#6 posted 01-18-2018 01:22 AM

Very nice long shoehorns Jim, good to see postings means you are feeling much better.

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#7 posted 01-18-2018 01:22 AM

Very nice long shoehorns Jim, good to see postings means you are feeling much better.

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#8 posted 01-18-2018 02:25 AM

Wunderbar!

-- Jim, Ca, jimlbenson@comcast.net

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#9 posted 01-18-2018 02:42 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments!!

Hi Bob. I use Danish oil- natural dn these have clear lacquer. I like to buff the oil too, it gives it a satin look with buffing and wax.

Hi Pete, Myron said he and his wife use it every day now!! the osage will et a dull gold color if left to weather out side, but when finished like this, the color stays.

Hi Dave. These are my standard length… 20 1/4” shafts. I don’t have any turned brass ferrules for the bottom ends so I turned these a little different shape down there to make the end wider to resist splitting.

Hi Bruce. I feel a lot better and spent the whole day on the lathe today!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#10 posted 01-18-2018 07:10 AM

Jim. You have posted some great projects.

I am a bit behind. Just got out of hospital after Hip Replacement Surgery. You may have missed my email.

Will be out of the shop for a little while but at least home and able to go on to LJS and look at projects.

Regards,

Cliff.

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

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#11 posted 01-18-2018 09:50 AM

Very interesting and good looking colour on those sticks. You might have some leaking problems on that bowl he, he.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 01-18-2018 02:25 PM

Jim, you did a wonderful job on these piece and the wood is beautiful.

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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#13 posted 01-18-2018 02:41 PM

These look really good Jim. Great gift items.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 01-18-2018 11:43 PM

Nice use of the Osage Jim

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

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#15 posted 01-19-2018 05:52 AM

Beautiful tools and bowls, Jim! I’m thinking I need to get some of these kits. Did you use a steady rest at this length?

-- God bless, Candy

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