Olympic Torch- Y2K

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 08-23-2012 06:23 PM 1061 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had this piece of very red box elder sitting on the bench just asking to be something. I thought it should be a flame of some kind. I also had this Hawthorne log sitting on the bench that had dried and split down the middle .
While looking at different Olympic torches, I found a picture( last photo) of this one with a red and yellow flame that I thought would be my model. I cut the Hawthorne log down the center , jointed both halves and glued it back together. Then I scaled all the dimensions from the torch to fit the log.
The Torch is made from four different kinds of wood. The body is Hawthorne- the rings are Juniper- the flame is Box Elder and Osage Orange – the top that the flame is glued into is box elder also.
It is finished with 6 coats of clear matte spray. My one regret it that I did not make the slot in the top for the flame parallel with the grain! It is 10 1/2” tall and 3 1/4” in diameter

The last shot shows my little fixture I used to put in the flutes in the mill. It has 12 location and it worked perfectly.

I have yet to make a base for it. I was going to send it to Usain Bolt in Jamaica with an inscription that said the “fastest man in the world”, but it is not the 2012 style of Olympic torch so it may not be fitting.

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

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#1 posted 08-23-2012 06:45 PM

Very cool. How big is this? I thought it was full sized until I saw the shot with fingers (?) in it. My best friend had the honor to be a torch carrier a couple of Olympics back and she has her torch in a wood and glass case in her study. It is remarkably similar to this one! And quite sizable – maybe 30” tall. So, you can just say you did the one from the 2000 (I think) Olympics!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#2 posted 08-23-2012 07:07 PM

Excellent work,very nice flame effect

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 08-23-2012 07:25 PM

Great job on the torch Jim. Now I want to see a picture of you running with it.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#4 posted 08-23-2012 07:36 PM

Well done Jim and nice job on the fluting.

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#5 posted 08-23-2012 07:40 PM

Beautiful work, I think Mr. Bolt would be honored to have such a well thought of gift. Great Job.

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 08-23-2012 08:44 PM

Kay , this one is 10 1/2” tall and modeled after a torch used years ago. I could not find the picture to post it. I just changed the name- Thanks, Kay!!

Tom, I could run with it next year after get my new knee. After a year, I’ll be back skiing!

Mr. Wizard. I have requested Usain’s address on Facebook but have not yet received a reply.


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

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#7 posted 08-23-2012 09:55 PM

Nice job. Can’t wait to see the video of you running with it, you know trying it out.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#8 posted 08-23-2012 10:07 PM

Great way to remember the games Jim, nice one

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

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#9 posted 08-23-2012 11:22 PM

Oh, that is super nice Jim. I’m sure Usain would go insain if you were to give it to him. I am so grateful to have seen many many new records and some super duper Olympic athletes and really gr8 Olympic games. Wow, what else can you say.

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

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#10 posted 08-24-2012 12:25 AM

What a HOT torch!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#11 posted 08-24-2012 12:36 AM

Very cool project Jim, really nice work on this! Thanks for posting it.

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#12 posted 08-24-2012 06:47 AM

Very creative Jim. Nice job.

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

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#13 posted 08-24-2012 08:52 AM

Nice gift Jim, he should be impressed. He is visiting Australia shortly.

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

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#14 posted 08-24-2012 10:22 AM

G’day, Bob. If you see him, get his address. He has not responded yet!
Thanks, Jim

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

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#15 posted 08-24-2012 10:59 AM

Oh if I only had a fraction of your imagination Jim. Unfortunately for me, you omitted to post a photo of the torch set up in the mill so that the surface was at right angles to the cutter. That indexed fixture is brilliant.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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