Driftwood Double Bowl

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 343 days ago 1104 views 4 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a piece of driftwood my grand daughter picked up as we walked the beach at PJ Hofmaster state park on Lake Michigan. She wanted to see if I could make her something out of it. I was gong to rout our the center for a long bowl but I thought turning off center might be more interesting. I added some shots of how it was originally and of it flying like a propeller on the lathe. I had to be careful to reach to the left for the switch.

The bowls are 1” deep on both sides. The second one broke through as I was sanding and I found the piece and epoxied it in. Thanks to a new LJ, Izzy Swan, I was able to color the epoxy black so light would not show through. He gave me the idea to try Minwax Jacobean stain in the epoxy and it worked really slick. It took the 5 minute epoxy overnight to dry, but that’s okay!! Now I can continue on another project that needs black epoxy!! Thanks, Izzy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The driftwood is finished with a clear spray glaze. That driftwood it like trying to finish sand or dirt. It soaks in many coats before coming to a gloss!

I hope she likes it!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 343 days ago

You must like to live on the edge. good job.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#2 posted 343 days ago

Really cool bowl Jim.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#3 posted 343 days ago

Very artistic and attractive! However, I’m afraid “that little voice” would have been screaming at me the whole process. I’m sure your grand daughter will treasure your work.

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 343 days ago

That is unbelievable…


I can’t see those pieces swinging around & around on a lathe… I know I’d lean the wrong way and get clonked or something… I don’t need that… :) LOL

I hope you can be SAFE… with this…

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

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#5 posted 343 days ago

It came out great Jim. It must have been a little exciting working with a propeller.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 343 days ago

Wow….vibration must have been interesting….lol I bet she will be tickled with it Jim…nice job bud

-- 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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Bob Collins

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#7 posted 343 days ago

Nice Jim, you have done a great job on this wood.

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

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#8 posted 343 days ago

Great use of an old piece of washed up timber Jim, Bet the little one is tickled pink with Granddad’s conversion :)

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

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#9 posted 343 days ago

That looks great Jim. I am not a wood turner….(Yet !) but it looks kind of dangerous one end spinning way out there off centre. Well done Jim.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#10 posted 343 days ago

WOW!! I don’t know how you do it!! So Nice!!
I think she will love it!!
Great job.

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

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#11 posted 343 days ago

Nice transformation of driftwood. I don’t think I would of tried it thinking it would shatter in pieces. Good work.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#12 posted 342 days ago

Very nice and creative Jim.

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 342 days ago

Thank you all for all the nice comments. I’ll take it over to her today.
Hi chuck, at my age this is as close to the edge as I can get!
I did not measure it for length when I glued on the first tenon, when I turned it over by hand , it hit the ways, so I sanded it off a little bit to clear and away she went!
Hi Buster, it did not vibrate much at all, I was surprised.
The first time I wen to shut off the lathe, I almost reached into the path of it. The part being turned is so small compared to a 15 inch diameter swing pattern.

It was fun and the next piece in the lathe right now is more fun!.

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

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Tom Godfrey

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#14 posted 342 days ago

Up until now I have always considered you a pretty smart man. There is no way would I ever try anything like that but glad you did and it turned out great. Now this is one of a kind if ever I have saw one.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 342 days ago

Tom. I’ll try anything once! It is not all that bad, you just have to have your wiits about you and don’t be drinking when you do this!!

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

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