Mesquite Mushrooms

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 948 days ago 1171 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are a few mushrooms I made from a mesquite branch . I wanted to try a natural edge so I needed a small dia. branch and I wanted to try out my new undercut tool to cut the underside. The last pic is of the refrigerator magnet mushroom.
I did all the finishing off the lathe and found that mesquite drinks clear lacquer like no tomorrow. 5 coats and it was still soaking it up so I tried something else. It was a semi gloss but 3 coats got the gloss to build pretty good.

They are finished with Rustoleum clear enamel ( don’t want them to rust!!).

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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#1 posted 948 days ago

Love your mushrooms. I make mind out of green cherry and let them age with the weather. most of mind are larger. when I make the smaller ones i use BLO on them.


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#2 posted 948 days ago

Jim, Looks to me that those might be toad stools ;) Maybe a little Leprechan is hidding close by?? Great job!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#3 posted 948 days ago

Chuck, I want to see how they sell this November at our church bazaar. If they go good, I can bet tons of mesquite branches in Arizona to make a basket full of them and they only take minutes to turn. I’m looking for a light wood with a dark sap wood to make some different ones.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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#4 posted 948 days ago

Are you trying to grow your own stock Jim :)) didnt notice any hormone dip to get em rooting Ha
Can see these little beauties selling like hot cakes. Well done mate:)

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

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#5 posted 948 days ago

Nice shrooms. I like your camera work….......

-- mike...............

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#6 posted 948 days ago

Is there no end to your creativity?......with a little adjusting you could use them as door knobs

-- In the end it is more about the memories we make than the pieces we build.

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#7 posted 948 days ago

G’day, Pete, I hope you’re right!!

Sawdust, that is something I have never seen- a turned wooden door knob..why not?? They could be made to match the woodwork! All that is needed is a little adapting to fit in the metal parts.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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#8 posted 948 days ago

very nifty. the finish is really really beautiful

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#9 posted 948 days ago

Hi Jim,
Each time I have the lathe out I use the scrap pieces of wood for making little mushrooms, they are a joy to make and I keep them in a bowl in the kitchen so people can take one if they want. They always bring smiles.
Yours are beautiful.
Best thoughts,

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

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#10 posted 948 days ago

I have a bushel of walnut limbs left from the last tornado. Perfect size. I think I’ll follow you lead and make a few ‘shrooms!! Thanks for the inspiration, those are pretty.

-- I did measure it twice, it's still too short.

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#11 posted 947 days ago

Beautiful job Jim

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#12 posted 947 days ago

Great ides Jim.

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

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#13 posted 947 days ago

That’s the last thing you’d want is rusty Mushrooms. Nicely done.

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

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#14 posted 946 days ago

Very cool idea here, inventive and creative. Well done.

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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