Offset Bowl #78

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 04-29-2014 12:04 AM 1985 views 4 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was an idea that came from our last turners guild meeting. Someone made a bowl with a ring around it and the comment was made that it might look neat if the ring were off center. So I wondered if I could make a bowl with 3 rings off center and here is what it came out to be.

It is a piece of maple and the blank had 4 centers- one in the middle and three at 120 degrees apart off set 1/2” from the center. Everything except the inside was turned on a drive center in the head and a live center in the tail. There was a bit of hand sanding to be done on the inside rings because I could not hold sandpaper on them while it was spinning. It was a design as you go for the whole thing. If I ever did another one, I would have mounted it on a face plate with a pilot to pick up the centers and I would have oriented the grain along the ways of the lathe so I did not have to cut any end grain.

It is 7 1/4” x 2 1/4” high and finished with clear matte spray.

I needed a piece for the art festival anyway.

cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 04-29-2014 12:09 AM

Very nice, luv the shape.

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#2 posted 04-29-2014 12:12 AM

Always a great mind behind an awesome project

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 04-29-2014 12:15 AM

this is a very interesting piece for sure, being in the guild is a great way to always learn of other ways to do things…

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#4 posted 04-29-2014 12:20 AM

What the heck? New twist to bowl design. If it’s different it’s art. Good luck with it.

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

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#5 posted 04-29-2014 12:29 AM

You are just unbelievable. I have not been able to try offset turning and here you are off to a whole new adventure. Please keep it coming and give us things to aspire to do.Thanks

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#6 posted 04-29-2014 12:30 AM

Jim I made the comment about off center turning. I guess I had better watch what I say and be better at the explanation. This was a bowl off center just once, and you took it to the next couple of levels. Congrats great job, expect to see at the next meeting

-- Ron Campbell

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#7 posted 04-29-2014 12:38 AM

Wow. Concept, execution and finish are all off the charts.
Thanks for expanding the envelope!

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#8 posted 04-29-2014 01:39 AM

Gettin’ worried about you Jim, ru sure u aint smoking some stuff:: )))))))
Then again, it might just be Jim messin about :)
always love your posts Mate

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

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#9 posted 04-29-2014 01:59 AM

Now that’s an off centre turn! Lovely work and beautifully finished.
Given me some new ideas – thanks.

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#10 posted 04-29-2014 02:05 AM

By Gee that looks intriguing, makes you want to keep looking at it to see where it begins and ends, bit like gazing at a turning spiral and seeing more of it emerging where in reality it is all the same piece…..great job Jim…..I see what you mean about sanding, it would have been a real task trying to sand while spinning.
The cupped base and the grooving around base makes a nice finishing touch.



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#11 posted 04-29-2014 02:33 AM

They certainly are offset rings Jim, I was expecting something different after reading your PM but you really turned out something great. Nice turning and should do well at the show. Have you thought of adding a lid with a couple more offset rings?

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

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#12 posted 04-29-2014 03:20 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments. Glad you like it.

Hi Ron, oh you were the one that filled my head with these ideas!!! Thanks, buddy!!
G’day, Bob. I was thinking of putting a ball lid on it and then cut offset groves in the ball with the outside remaining smooth. I may just leave it alone. I have 6 other projects going and need to get a couple done on the house for the queen, if you know what I mean!!

I may take this to class on Wed to get the kids thinking outside the box when they choose turning projects.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#13 posted 04-29-2014 04:49 AM

Kool idea!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 04-29-2014 05:53 AM


Makes you wonder if you were on the sauce when you did it.. :) LOL :)

Interesting work… sure makes you think.. a good conversation piece… for sure!

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#15 posted 04-29-2014 07:21 AM

Oo, this is realy unique and interesting technik!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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