Chestnut Flying Saucer

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 08-29-2013 02:54 AM 1235 views 1 time favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a goofing around project to use up some scrap from a crotch I turned into a bowl. It was big enough for something and it turned out to be a lighted flying saucer. I had no plan for what it would be and the wood said it wanted to be a flying saucer so that is what I made it. I had it made into a saucer shaped hollow vessel and then I got this idea for a top and turned that out of some more of the scrap, drilled 8 holes in it in the lathe and added an LED light. It is really eerie in the dark because I had a piece chip out near the bottom on the back and it is filled with epoxy and wood chips. Light goes through it in the dark!!
It is made from green chestnut and finished with EEE and Shellawax.

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

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#1 posted 08-29-2013 03:05 AM

Neat saucer Jim. The little piece that chipped out is the UFO—Unidentified Flying Object…Not always a good thing on a lathe… Nice piece. It is nice just to make something just for the fun of it. You still have a lot of big kid in you.

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

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#2 posted 08-29-2013 03:08 AM

Any self respecting alien would be happy to fly that space ship Jim !
Nice job !

-- Eric down in sunny Florida.

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#3 posted 08-29-2013 03:20 AM

Nice fun project Jim, like the idea of No plans and just let it happen. Great grain in the chestnut and a nice finish.

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

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#4 posted 08-29-2013 03:23 AM

Nice job Jim & great piece of wood.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 08-29-2013 03:30 AM

That’s really neat! You have more fun and come up with more creative projects than anyone I know! We need to find you a nickname, like the “turn-meister”. Great job Jim, and keep on turning.

-- 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 08-29-2013 03:48 AM

Really cool Jim. It’s out of this world. +1 for HillbillyShooter ””turn meister’‘

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

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#7 posted 08-29-2013 04:20 AM

Yep… that is flying saucer alright… Love those lights!

Beautiful job!

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

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#8 posted 08-29-2013 04:57 AM

Jim you are having too much fun, if there is such a thing. I like your flying saucer!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#9 posted 08-29-2013 06:46 AM

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#10 posted 08-29-2013 07:10 AM

You flyin’ “business” or “cattle class” Jim LOL
You’re a bloody character Mate, ::: ))))
Nice job btw

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

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#11 posted 08-29-2013 10:42 AM

Looks really cool Jim! Fun..

-- Izzy Swan - A Creative Thinkers approach to Woodworking

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#12 posted 08-29-2013 11:33 AM

A very cool and fun project Jim….I tried to look inside but could not see any little grey men…LOL
Looks great…

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#13 posted 08-29-2013 11:43 AM

Than you all for the nice comments. I had a lot of non woodworking jobs to do the past 2 weeks, and when they were finished, I jumped on the lathe to relax. I usually don’t like to fit a top into a piece turned green, but this chestnut does not move much at all so I hope the lid still fits in a few weeks.

I added that 4th shot because I thought it looked cool. I moved the camera while taking different lighted shots and this one looks like rays coming out of the holes!!

Hi Mike, that was a UFO that shot out of the bottom. I don’t have any hollowing tools to speak of and I got a catch with a 3/8” bowl gouge on the side and said a few choice words and then took it off to fix it. For that, I made a carbide tipped hollowing tool that I’m making a handle for today.

Hi John. I don’t feel much like a turn meister when I see the stuff the other guys make at the turners guild
meeting. I can’t compete with that but I just have fun!!

Hi Lee.It is all fun on the lathe. I look for excuses to make” round” things

Hi Pete. I’m going first class with my” green buddies” when they come to pick me up!!. I hope they hurry !!

cheers, Jim

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

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#14 posted 08-29-2013 11:57 AM

What a gr8 “X-File”.. Beem me up

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

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#15 posted 08-29-2013 12:17 PM

This saucer might not of ‘just happened’ perhaps it was produced under mind control from some stranded aliens that needed a new ship, although I’m not too sure they will make it back to their own planet riding on the beam of an LED light. Anyway, it’s good to know that they are flying spaceships made of organic material by a woodworker.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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