Box Elder Bowl #51

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 10-29-2012 10:44 PM 1630 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bowl blank has been sitting by the lathe for months and I finally put it on Saturday and finished it. It was supposed to be higher with a rounded over rim. I saw it has a crack and I was going to epoxy it once I got it closer to the final shape. I didn’t get that chance. A piece about 1” long flew out and now it is a shorter bowl. it is 8 1/2” dia. and 3” high.
It is finished with clear matte spray and a fine coat of wax to finish it.

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

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#1 posted 10-29-2012 10:49 PM

Another beautiful jewel!


Thank you!

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#2 posted 10-29-2012 11:07 PM

That is sure some beautiful wood as a bowl.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 10-29-2012 11:22 PM

I think wood has a mind of its own and when something happens to make you do what you have to and not want you want to. This turned out to be a beautiful bowl. Great job Jim

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#4 posted 10-29-2012 11:27 PM

A pretty bowl even if it isn’t as big as you wanted. You do great work.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#5 posted 10-30-2012 01:53 AM

Another beautiful bowl Jim, irratates you don’t it when the darn wood spits out….........Well at least it irratates me!Great Job (again)!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#6 posted 10-30-2012 02:02 AM

Yeah, Chuck. I thought I’d have time to make the repair but the piece left and I didn’t see it until I stopped the lathe. The one thing I learned in woodworking is that it is as important to figure out how recover from a mistake as it is to make it perfect all the way through. You learn a lot of techniques to still make the project a winner after all!.

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

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#7 posted 10-30-2012 02:39 AM

I love/hate turning…..some of my best work was something that crack or caught the tool. Sometimes they just have a life of their own

This piece broke and I moved it around the shop for a year until I found a use for it as a mic stand for my ham radio

-- Once in a man's life you should have a good dog, a good horse and a good woman. The trick is to get them all together at the same time

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#8 posted 10-30-2012 03:00 AM

Jim, still a nice bowl after the mishap. Like the wood and the finish you have given it.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#9 posted 10-30-2012 03:27 AM

Beautiful piece of box elder !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#10 posted 10-30-2012 05:02 AM

Nice save, great piece of box elder. One of the nice things about turning over flat work is the opportunity for design changes on the fly. Nice work.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#11 posted 10-30-2012 06:34 AM

Man I wish we could get that Elder down out way, nice recovery Jim (as usual spot on) :))

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

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#12 posted 10-30-2012 09:51 AM

Nice Bowl

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#13 posted 10-30-2012 12:04 PM

Isn’t it funny how the wood tells us what it wants to be ! Nice turning and a sweet piece of Box Elder , Jim : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#14 posted 10-30-2012 01:27 PM

Thanks you all for all the nice comments. I wish I could sent some box elder to all my friends in Australia in exchange for a few pieces of you beautiful wood!!

Cellulosespinner, WELCOME TO LUMBERJOCKS—just 11 hr old!! that is a great mike stand. It will bring memories every time you look at it. What are your call letters? Do you remember W9BQA?

The one thing about turning is that you can make a product in few hours compared to flat wood project that is comprised of a lot of pieces ( segment turning excluded as it takes a whole lot more thinking and planning).

I like the first part when you just look at it on the lathe and do your planning for it right then and there!!

Some time the wood cooperates and some times it doesn’t!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Have a great week

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

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#15 posted 10-30-2012 05:40 PM

That’s pretty and nice bowl blank.!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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