Corian bowl #57 and Osage Orange door stopper

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 02-28-2013 01:55 AM 3125 views 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently I met with some Lumberjocks in Arizona and they gave me some material that I turned into projects. The first one is a black Corian grapefruit bowl. The Corian is from LJ Lizzardhead in Tempe, Az. It is 5 layers with 5 minute epoxy in between. A mesquite spigot was glued on to keep the full height of the Corian for the bowl.

The second piece is a door stop made from Osage Orange given to me by LJ Shipwright from Green Valley, Az. I got the design from a fellow Michigan guild member, Gary, who lives about 7 miles away in Eloy, Az. He had a door stopper like it so I turned a piece to use back in Michigan.

The last shot is Gary and me at his house with our show and tell projects that I sent back to the W Mich. Woodworkers Guild. Gary’s house is full of neat projects that he built for his Arizona house. I have invited him to join us on Lumberjocks and share the array of very unique projects he has produced.

This has been a very nice winter meeting a lot of fellow woodworkers in this state!!

The bowl is finished with EEE and Shellawax and the door stop is finished with clear matte spray finish.

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

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#1 posted 02-28-2013 02:12 AM

Wow. What a shine on that bowl. Nice job Jim.

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

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#2 posted 02-28-2013 02:19 AM

Yep that corian sure comes up nice Jim, hey looks like you’re havin too much fun running aroud meeting all the guys, great stuff mate

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

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#3 posted 02-28-2013 02:23 AM

That is great looking Corian bowl Jim, what did you use for hollowing a scraper or gouge? With the epoxy did you clamp the layers together? Wonder if other LJers have used corian, it would be good to see a section for other materials of the site. Nice door stopper, Osage orange is a favourite wood of mine.

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

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#4 posted 02-28-2013 02:36 AM

You never fail to amaze Jim….sweet projects sir.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#5 posted 02-28-2013 03:06 AM

Very nice work and looks like you’re enjoying your winter.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 02-28-2013 04:08 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments. I try to be and evangelist for Lumberjocks when ever I meet a wood worker. I just love this site

Pete , it is really nice to meet all these close by woodworkers.

Bob, I cut out the center of 4 of the pieces and clamped them together 2 at a time. They slip around a bit when wet and were not real concentric when I began.
For hollowing I used three sizes of bowl gouges and sharpened them each twice. Corian is tough on tools. I also found out that it is best to always cut from the outside in or else it chips on the edge. I power sanded the inside a bit to get rid of all the tool marks. It is different than working wood.. you know!!!!!!!!!

Rance, I finished it with EEE and Shellawax and it makes a great glossy surface.

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

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#7 posted 02-28-2013 04:20 AM

Great projects Jim!! I really like the corian bowl, very very nice! Sounds like you are enjoying your time in AZ.

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#8 posted 02-28-2013 04:22 AM

Excellent work!

Thank you.

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

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#9 posted 02-28-2013 04:51 AM

Nice corian bowl bet that was fun to turn. I use some corian to make pens with and it is not nearly as easy to turn as wood.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#10 posted 02-28-2013 05:13 AM

That’s a fine yellow doorstop there Jim.
Good thing you made it so beautifully.
It will last a lot longer than any of us.
For that matter, I guess that goes for the corian as well. :-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#11 posted 02-28-2013 10:08 AM

Jim, I wondered if you cut the centers out first. I have found that scrapers work best with corian, I have a Robert Sorby scraper system which came with 6 different shaped scraper heads and they leave a smooth surface that only needs a touch up with micro mash pads. J have done numerous corian projects but can’t show them on this site, to much crap flew around the last time I posted one. I vote we have “another media section” on Lumberjocks..

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

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#12 posted 02-28-2013 10:13 AM

So cool Jim!! So Cool!
I really like the bowl!!
Nice little story too….!!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#13 posted 02-28-2013 11:37 AM

Jim, great stuff, like all that show and tell :)

My house is in dire needs of new furniture especially the living room it’s so very dated but I just can’t seem to break way from selling the items I make. LOL

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#14 posted 02-28-2013 01:28 PM

Nice projects, nice story. Travel safe

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

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#15 posted 02-28-2013 03:11 PM

Liking the corian bowl very much! Thanks for the detail of how you made it. I have some corian out in the shop and your post has me wanting to make something other than pens with it. Plus the osage orange door stop is nice as well and will probably last forever!

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