Chestnut Bowl #79

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 05-13-2014 09:02 PM 1600 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an Asian Chestnut bowl that I found in the chip barrel from last November. I dug it out last week and finished it on Saturday. It has some bad areas and I was worried about holding it by the tenon which was about 60% of the diameter the rest was air. Funny thing is I don’t remember roughing it out!!

It is 6 1/2” x 2 7/8” high and is finished with several coats of gloss wipe on poly. This is the first time I tried a wipe on finish and I think I like the buffed or spray finish better. This took a lot of time to build up with wet sanding in between.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 05-13-2014 09:11 PM

Jim nice bowl. That was a tough turn with that negative space Well done

-- Ron Campbell

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#2 posted 05-13-2014 09:13 PM

Pretty organic this one Jim, pleased it stayed in one piece for you & you managed a top finish, hey don’t go for the cornflakes & cream with this one :: ))
cheers pete

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

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#3 posted 05-13-2014 09:49 PM

Nice looking grain Jim. By Gee your heart would have been in your mouth with some of those very tricky open areas. You could call it, “A Spaced Out Bowl”.....Well Done.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#4 posted 05-14-2014 12:22 AM

Great job. I don;t have the guts to try something like this yet. Keep sending.

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

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#5 posted 05-14-2014 12:32 AM

Nicely done Jim, it almost looks like you saved this piece from the burn barrel rather than the chip barrel. Turning air isn’t bad if you have your lathe going fast enough…lol.

-- 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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#6 posted 05-14-2014 01:11 AM

Another COOL bowl you made…

... except for that SLIP you made cutting out that big GASH out of the top edge! :) LOL
... (kidding.... LOOKS COOL)

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#7 posted 05-14-2014 01:12 AM

great looking bowl.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 05-14-2014 01:48 AM

Nice work.

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#9 posted 05-14-2014 02:32 AM

Very attractive.

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

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#10 posted 05-14-2014 03:02 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments. This one was fun piece to turn!!
Hi Cliff. It is plenty spaced out!! It almost did not get a foot because I did not want to turn much more wood off the bottom.
Hi Lee, I keep all these roughed bowls in the chip barrel which I do burn when it is full and I always have to sort through the chips as I dump them in the fire ring so I don’t accidentally burn a blank up!
Hi Pete, no cornflakes and milk in this one and Roger, if you see this, it will not hold ice cream- too many holes in it!!!!!!!!!

................Cheers, Jim

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

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#11 posted 05-14-2014 03:47 AM

Nice one Jim. The narrower base seems to be more popular with me lately. I agree with the finishing techniques, but I do think the poly tightens up those edges and knots better.

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

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#12 posted 05-14-2014 03:48 AM

A nice save there Jim, always fun doing the undoable pieces. That must be a huge chip barrel mate, your always pulling something out of there.

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

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#13 posted 05-14-2014 09:02 AM

Very nice Jim, and a tricky one to turn.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 05-14-2014 09:08 AM

Another beauty!

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#15 posted 05-14-2014 11:18 AM

Thanks Dave, Bob , Mike and Doreen.

Hi Dave. I made the mistake of trying one of my spray finishes on this after about 3 coast of poly. It wrinkled up the poly and I had to sand and start all over and stayed with the poly. Live and learn , I guess!

G’day, Bob. It is a 55 gallon chip barrel and it has 4 roughed out crotch bowls in it right now. I brought home 13 chestnut crotches and want to get them all in there in a few weeks. I also have some very big ones I got last year and will have to give those away. I cannot handle them in my 15” lathe. Ron Dibble will get them on Saturday!! He is the one who got me hooked on crotch bowl turning!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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