|Project by Jim Jakosh||posted 06-13-2011 05:23 AM||1439 views||0 times favorited||17 comments|
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!!