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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 06-13-2011 05:23 AM 1197 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had some free time Sat morning and I had picked small pieces of wood out of the burn pile to see what they could become.
First is a little mesquite bowl that was a thin cut off that was shaped like a steak. I was going to bore a bowl in the wide area and cut the rest to a thin off-center flange. Well, I opened up a crack when I started turning the flange and a lot of it went south so it finished round with a little of the sap wood showing.

The second is another thin piece cut from a scrap corner that broke off this big box elder log when I was slicing it into lumber for a cross. I was throwing that black rotted corner section into the wood barrel when I heard it say “save me, save me!!” So 2 pieces of it turned into this small lidded box with lots of spalting. It was a bugger to finish because it soaked up lacquer as fast as I could spray it.

The third items are some cherry egg cups I made from a small log from a friend’s fire pit. I picked it up and told them I’d see what it might become. After cutting it into 3 pieces and turning a spigot on each one, they began to split like crazy in a few hours. You could almost watch them move!! I left ‘em sit for few days and then thought that I needed to experiment on crack filling with brass shavings( from a key cutting machine) and epoxy.
The brass was compliments of Scrappy in Phoenix. ( Thanks Dan!!!! ) I did it to 2 of them and it worked out pretty good. I hate to throw wood away as you can see. I might fill the third one with copper dust!!

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





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sedcokid

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#1 posted 06-13-2011 05:35 AM

Jim,
Another Great Job!! I don’t like to throw wood away either. I want to try some turnings and incorporate some mettal filings in them, I like the look.

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#2 posted 06-13-2011 06:46 AM

those are some astonishingly beautiful firewood scraps!

-- christine

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#3 posted 06-13-2011 07:09 AM

Nice saves Jim. Funny how those logs can talk. The results outweigh the warmth you would have gained from them as firewood.
I like the egg cups with the fill – never thought to use cuttings from a key machine. That is a great idea and certainly cheaper than some of the filler stones and dust on the market. I priced some last week for some stuff I am working on and decided to think on it for a bit. Was it difficult to do?
Nice work and thanks for sharing.

-- -Jay Hartman - Morrisville, PA

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#4 posted 06-13-2011 09:24 AM

Lovely looking pieces. Logs for the fire have been transformed into something that will last for ages.

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

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#5 posted 06-13-2011 10:06 AM

Jim, I presume you have a heat pump & never light up a fire LOL
Nice days play :)))

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

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#6 posted 06-13-2011 11:01 AM

Beautiful. Wish I could make somethings like that.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#7 posted 06-13-2011 12:05 PM

Nice save Jim, amazing how you tranformed the wood pile to those beauties.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#8 posted 06-13-2011 01:11 PM

nice save, nice projects

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#9 posted 06-13-2011 08:01 PM

Nice, makes you wonder what went up the chimney, eh?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 06-13-2011 08:09 PM

Nothing better than to save some good wood from trash!
Nice projects and nice ideas.
The brass epoxy was a wonderful fresh idea.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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#11 posted 06-13-2011 08:09 PM

Awesome saves! Well done!

-- christopheralan http://www.projectwoodworks.com

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#12 posted 06-13-2011 10:10 PM

hi nice save it makes one think how much beautiful wood is burned or destroyed
love the filling idea thanks for shearing

branch

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#13 posted 06-14-2011 02:20 AM

That was one great save Jim. Nice job.

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

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#14 posted 06-14-2011 04:36 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I don’t like to throw anything of value away -especially wood.

Hi Jaybird719, the filling was not hard at all. I turn the part close to the finished size. Then sometimes I take it out of the chuck or remove the chuck with the piece in it. In this case. I took them out, put tape over the crack on the inside because it was cracked all the way to the bottom. Then I used the 5 minute 2 part epoxy from Harbor Freight- great stuff. I use a tooth pick to mix equal parts together and then add the filler- brass filings, turquoise powder, saw dust or whatever to make a gooey paste and fill the crack with it. Sometimes it take 2 fills because it settles below the surface. After it is dry, I chucked them up and turn as usual. You don’t notice any difference in turning with brass in the epoxy. If I have a big hole to fill, to save epoxy, I insert a wood plug below both surfaces and fill from both sides. The result is the same.
Good turning!!!!!!!!!!...............Jim

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

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#15 posted 06-14-2011 05:46 AM

Nice crack recovery Jim. I picked up some key shavings from two stores a few years ago but have yet to use them. I need to give it a go. Nice work on all the turnings.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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