Bells of St Mary's

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 11-12-2011 01:38 AM 1144 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The liturgy is changing back to the way we used to do it in the last century and the servers will need to ring the bells at Consecration. Our padre asked me if I could make a holder using the old bells from the original church in 1956. They were stored in a box and tarnished and all green looking. They cleaned up pretty good and found a new home in this oak holder. They are screwed to headed brass inserts in the wood ring. The ring is a sandwich of two parts to hide the inserts.

The material is red oak and they are finished with Deft semi gloss lacquer.

The last picture is the padre, Fr Godfrey, with the new bells ready for use!

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

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#1 posted 11-12-2011 01:58 AM


That is really cool that you were able to do that! I guess it does not hurt anything to help the big guy with his church stuff. Maybe he will do you a favor one day….if you now what I mean! Good job!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....Steve Lien

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#2 posted 11-12-2011 02:02 AM

Nice work.

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

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#3 posted 11-12-2011 02:19 AM

Nice job Jim, that oak was perfect for the job, Your man looks pretty pleased.
For whom the bell tolls :))

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

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#4 posted 11-12-2011 04:21 AM

Great job Jim.

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#5 posted 11-12-2011 10:49 AM

This is beautiful. My wife loves bells too. In fact we have some old bells stored up somewhere. I could make something similar.

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

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#6 posted 11-12-2011 11:42 AM

Jim great job. I have to admit I haven’t seen anything like that here before.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#7 posted 11-12-2011 02:22 PM

You did a wonderful job.

-- 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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#8 posted 11-13-2011 01:23 AM

Thanks you all for the nice comments. They sounded pretty good with the brass inserts. The wood did not deaden the sound like when I just screwed them into the wood.
My wife made me get them out of the house as soon as I got them done because I told her I made them to ring when I wanted her to come a running and wait on me!! That went over well!!!!!!!!!!

Ed, if you make a bell holder and need some threaded brass inserts, let me know and I’ll make you some!!

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

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#9 posted 11-13-2011 12:11 PM

Hi Jim, it is a pity you hadnt added a before picture none the less, it is so pretty and the Padre looks pleased too. Good for you.

Thanks for sharing Jim

-- When you know better you do better.

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

That is a fine bell, and judging from the smile on the face of Fr Godfrey it is just what he was looking for.
We should have sound here now.
Best thoughts,

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

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#11 posted 11-14-2011 07:09 AM

Nice one Jim sure have a happy recipient there.

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

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#12 posted 11-25-2011 03:47 PM

Thanks for sharing this project Jim. You always make the nicest things!!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#13 posted 11-27-2011 09:01 AM

Great workmanship Jim

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

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#14 posted 03-20-2012 06:56 AM

Magnificent job. It is always a nice feeling to do something for a appreciative recipient. Enjoy that feeling, you deserve it.

-- Living is a constant gamble, life is about working the odds in your favour

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