April Wood Bracelets

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 04-09-2011 06:35 PM 4914 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Now that I made new bracelet holding fixtures, I could get back to making bracelets. My one fixture I had with me in Arizona broke the first week after making only 2 bracelets.

The first group is made from Osage Orange, Koa and Rosewood.

The second group are all Rosewood.

The third group are all Mesquite. These were interesting to make because the dry logs were full of worm holes . They looked like a Swiss cheese. I laid out a pattern to miss the holes and cut the blanks on the band saw but some of them had holes going across the grain and I left the hole in those for a little character. I may fill them with epoxy and sawdust or copper or brass filings.
I have a lot of this holey mesquite to process….............Thanks for looking…....Jim

What do you think- fill the holes or leave them open?

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

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#1 posted 04-09-2011 06:41 PM

I have said this before and I will say it again:
You make such beautiful bracelets I’m a big fan there.
I think the worm holes are beautiful, but I love patina and for me this is a beautiful evidence of life.
Best thoughts,

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

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#2 posted 04-09-2011 06:56 PM

Very nice, Jim.
I find that filling the voids with crushed stone, filings etc. is best done before working the mesquite….especially if the work is curved. :-)
Hey, maybe a smallish polished turquoise nugget set in each void.
Those borers are nasty,aren’t they? I just finished re sawing a few hundred feet and I probably squashed or cut in two over 250 of those buggers.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 04-09-2011 08:00 PM

Beautiful work Jim, love the wood. Could we see a pic of your Jig for making these?

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 04-09-2011 08:39 PM

I’d like to know more about the jig, too.
That one mequite on te front left looks like a face with the knot for a nose.
Beautiful finish. How do you get the inside lookin’ so good . And how do you get your hand inside to sign those things?

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#5 posted 04-09-2011 08:42 PM

Nice job, holes look fine to me.

-- Paul

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#6 posted 04-09-2011 09:12 PM

Add my voiced to the calls for a blog on the jig and how to make these.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#7 posted 04-09-2011 09:17 PM

Real nice work. Great finish.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#8 posted 04-09-2011 10:32 PM

First of all these are beautiful! Great Job! I love the look and finish..
Secondly, I like the holes but I also think they be embelished by filling them with mayby Turquoise perhaps, since they are made from Mesquite.
Thirdly, I too would like to see the fixture you use to hold your bracelets.
Fourthly, WOW! Very Nice!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#9 posted 04-09-2011 11:12 PM

Nice job Jim, I would leave mother nature as you found / unveiled her, only polished up a bit as you have done,
If you are selling then it give people a choice :)

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

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#10 posted 04-10-2011 01:19 AM

Great work! I would leave the holes just like they are. I am with the others I would love to learn how to make these! Thanks for sharing!

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#11 posted 04-10-2011 11:46 AM

Nice looking braclets Jim, Osage Orange is a favourite of mine but getting scarce out here.
I like the natural look of the worm holes.

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

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#12 posted 04-10-2011 05:43 PM

Thanks you all for all the nice comments. I will have to get some turquoise powder because I think it will look the best with the mesquite. I have another bracelet to make for a wife of my friend and I want to make it special with a layup of different woods. When I do that, I’ll take pictures and make a blog to show the process.

Just to explain a little. I use a metal lathe ( but I think it would work on a wood lathe too) to make expanding nylon collets that have a female 8 degree spigot to fit over my 4 jaw wood chuck. ( I use the wood chuck in the metal lathe because that lathe has a compound and I can turn them to the exact dimension.)
I turn the spigot and then hold it by the spigot to turn the outer diameter to match the inside of the bracelets. I turned 5 collets each with two different diameters on them to support 10 ranges of bracelets. Then I split the collets on the band saw so the will expand into a bracelet to hold it from the inside while turning and finishing the outside. They work pretty slick. I can flip them around to do the other side too.The second side it not perfectly concentric, but sanding takes care of that.

I am thinking about making a setup to mount to the steady rest of the wood lathe to slide a boring bar in to make exactly square cuts on the wood lathe because I’m not that good free hand.

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

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#13 posted 04-12-2011 05:38 AM

Beautifully crafted and beautiful wood. Very nice!

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#14 posted 05-17-2011 02:08 PM

Fine looking work Jim. Personally, I would be very tempted to fill the holes with something that would
catch the light. Actually — go on, try it and post some pictures.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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