Chinaberry Urn

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 799 days ago 1030 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a small lidded urn that can be used for an 11 lb pet’s ashes.
It is 5 1/4’ dia x 4” high
It is made from Chinaberry wood and finished with gloss lacquer spray.

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

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#1 posted 798 days ago

Nice looking urn JIm, can see why the wood is called chinaberry, where is it a native of?

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

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#2 posted 798 days ago

Very nice shape on this well turned urn Jim.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 798 days ago

That is beautiful wood. Like Bob asked, where does it come from? wow!

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

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#4 posted 798 days ago

You’ve got one fine finish on this one Jim.

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

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#5 posted 798 days ago

It is a great shape. Looks real nice. I kind a like it without the lid. Although it wouldn’t work very well for an urn without a lid.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#6 posted 798 days ago

Another nice job, you are amazing!!!!!!!!

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#7 posted 798 days ago

What the heck is a chinaberry, and how do they taste? Great work! Thanks for posting!

-Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
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#8 posted 798 days ago

Hi guys, here is a link I found about Chinaberry that grows here in Arizona in our park:

How ironic that the tree is poisonous to pets and you can use the wood to put the pet in once the tree got ‘em!!

The tree drops all these little hard yellow berries that are about the size of cherries. They make a mess and are not good for anything as far as I know. The local animals don’t seem to eat them. This tree was cut down in December because it was too messy and replaced by a palm tree. The wood is green and the lid is shrinking on this urn. I had to glue a spigot on the top and re-turn it once because it would no longer fit the base. It fits tight now and I hope I don’t have to set it up to turn it again. I need to find a customer to put some pooch’s ashes in it and glue the lid on.

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

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#9 posted 798 days ago

A great piece to celebrate a little friend life Jim, well done.
Thanks for the background on your timber

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

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#10 posted 798 days ago

looks almost like an ivory urn. great job

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#11 posted 798 days ago

Did not know they were poison to eat, but when a kid I bite into one berry and it tasted like————-. So we drilled out the center of the wood and whittled down a small limb to act as plunger to make a chinaberry gun.
Nice looking urn.

-- David, Center,Texas

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#12 posted 797 days ago

This is a beautiful Urn for someones little pet! Beautiful Wood, Beautiful Finish, a Great Job !!

Thanks for sharing, Jim!!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#13 posted 783 days ago

I was not expecting this, but I sold this urn and the lady want another just like it in mesquite. It just sat there at the show until I described it as a Pet Urn. That made the difference to all these dog lovers .
The next one will be coming as soon as I get this big mesquite log sawed to fit the mini lathe…Jim

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

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