Assorted Turnings From Scraps

  • Advertise with us
Project by Jim Jakosh posted 09-06-2013 07:56 PM 1863 views 3 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I hate to throw pretty wood away and I needed some more refrigerator magnets for upcoming craft shows so I took all the scraps out the bag I collect them in and went to town on the lathe for a couple days.
The first shots are of the dozen refrigerator magnets. The 3 on top are mesquite, the second row is maple and two pistachio ones and third row are the spalted beech boys.

The maple one was a practice piece with the knurling or texturing tool I bought. You really need to put a lot of pressure on it and it turned out pretty bad in maple. I’ll use that one in the shop.
I made some longer ones because customers said they wanted magnets they can hang things on like a hat or apron. I’ll see if they sell??

The next three pieces were threading test pieces. The first one is a “grease” box or a wax box. I’ll use it to hold paste wax for threading wood. It is made from box elder and threaded pretty well.

The next one is a chestnut vase that I made by hollowing from the bottom and then gluing it back together to finish the shape and the top. It only has a .300 hole in the top. That wood did not thread worth a darn!

The last one is a chestnut ” How’d He Do Dat”. Two halves that were hollowed and glued back together but with a green puree marble inside. Just a conversation piece for the shows..

They are all finished with EEE and Shellawax

Cheers, Jim

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

26 comments so far

View stefang's profile


15937 posts in 3475 days

#1 posted 09-06-2013 08:06 PM

All good Jim. I just read in the paper that anyone caught in Washington DC with an empty shell casing can be arrested and fined $1,000. The law considers empty shell casings to be ammunition. I guess DC stands for ‘Dumb and Crazy’.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

View CFrye's profile


10418 posts in 1981 days

#2 posted 09-06-2013 08:25 PM

Nicely saved Jim! Great variety. It can drive you nuts trying to predict what will sell! Hope you do well.
Mike, that is crazy!

-- God bless, Candy

View sedcokid's profile


2735 posts in 3739 days

#3 posted 09-06-2013 08:54 PM

I agree with you Jim, I don’t throw away anything that is pretty and have a box of scraps that are someday projects. How much do you recess the magnet from the end of the part? This is a great idea, for sure!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

View Jim Jakosh's profile

Jim Jakosh

21278 posts in 3246 days

#4 posted 09-06-2013 09:10 PM

Thanks, Mike and Candy and Chuck!!

Mike, I better not sell these in DC then!! Their brilliance is overwhelming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chuck, the magnets are 1/8” thick and I usually recess them flush to a little under with a Forstner bit.. I have a magnet sticking on the drill press for fitting. The blanks are all different lengths so it would do no good to set a depth stop.

Cheers, Jim

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

View HillbillyShooter's profile


5811 posts in 2433 days

#5 posted 09-06-2013 09:25 PM

Good job on all! Waste not—want not. Best wishes on your next show, and let us know how and what sells.

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

View peteg's profile


4387 posts in 2964 days

#6 posted 09-06-2013 09:33 PM

Something there for everyone at the show Jim, nice selection

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

View Joe Lyddon's profile

Joe Lyddon

10265 posts in 4193 days

#7 posted 09-06-2013 09:38 PM

Very good, Jim!

Nice turning…


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

View jlb's profile


184 posts in 3708 days

#8 posted 09-06-2013 09:51 PM

Great use of scrap wood. I never throw any wood away-always find a use for it down the line. I like the designs.

-- Jim, Ca,

View WoodenFrog's profile


2737 posts in 3054 days

#9 posted 09-06-2013 11:18 PM

Very Cool Mr Jakosh,Very Cool!
I really love those magnets you make! you are the lathe master, Sir!
I hope this day finds you well,thanks for sharing.

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

View luv2learn's profile


2847 posts in 2444 days

#10 posted 09-06-2013 11:32 PM

Jim, I really like the way you use up your scrap and turn it, literally, into great pieces.

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

View aussiedave's profile


3114 posts in 1965 days

#11 posted 09-06-2013 11:48 PM

A nice collection of fridge magnates Jim…I am sure they will sell very quickly and good luck at the craft show…

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

View Randy_ATX's profile


880 posts in 2583 days

#12 posted 09-07-2013 12:15 AM

okay Jim, I can’t let you have all the fun. I recently brought my grandfathers old craftsman lathe home with me. I can’t wait to get a new stand built for it and start having some fun like you. i haven’t used this lathe (or any others) since i was about 16. all your turnings are both incentive and inspiration for me. all of these are great!

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

View Jim Jakosh's profile

Jim Jakosh

21278 posts in 3246 days

#13 posted 09-07-2013 12:24 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I just love turning. I look for people trimming trees and I drive around to see there is a different wood I have not used. There is so much nice stuff around here, I don’t feel the need to buy exotics. What a lot of people like is a wood product turned from a tree they just had cut down on their property. I try to oblige them!!!!!!!!!

Hi Robert, I am doing very well today, thank you!! Just finished another gift on the lathe tonight!

Hi Randy. I can’t wait to see what you turn on that lathe. I also have a Craftsman lathe.

Cheers, Jim

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

View Bob Collins's profile

Bob Collins

2565 posts in 3825 days

#14 posted 09-07-2013 12:25 AM

Great way to use up the scraps Jim, a nice variety of your great turning and finishes.

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

View doubleDD's profile (online now)


7697 posts in 2184 days

#15 posted 09-07-2013 12:50 AM

Those shell casing magnets are the best Jim. love em. Cool idea with the marble trick. Good luck at the show.

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

showing 1 through 15 of 26 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics