I/O Turning Remnant

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 05-16-2014 12:07 PM 1832 views 2 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to try another inside-out turning and had a dream about doing it right from a tree branch. I was trimming up up a crotch for making a bowl and there was one nice straight piece that would make a nice candidate for a rough tree I/O turning. I slit in half ( but it was a little off center) and clamped the pieces together with hose clamps and 4 wedges.
The shape was to be something like a lava lamp on the inside. That went fine.
I glued the halves back together like when I slit them and turned the outside and almost got ‘er done when it broke while rounding the top. Oh well, this is what I could make from the remains of that piece.

The tree was cut down last November and it was still green so the base may crack in the future.

It is Asian chestnut and finished with clear matte spray.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 05-16-2014 12:35 PM

So close to the end Jim, you were doing well up till the break. A possible letter holder. There will be another attempt I hope.

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

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#2 posted 05-16-2014 01:02 PM

Great idea. I/O turnings are pretty interesting, Doing it with logs? Genius. Definitely give it another go. I think your on to something here.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#3 posted 05-16-2014 01:14 PM

Still has a nice shape to it. Another piece for your art collection. Definitely a holder shape for sure. I like the idea of using a branch and perhaps leaving on some natural edge. I can still use it for rabbit ears for my old t/v. lol
Picture 5 looks pretty cool as is. Good work Jim.

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

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#4 posted 05-16-2014 01:18 PM

These are difficult to do and you have done a nice job. It looks like bird wings or a sculpture. Might have to do another one of these

-- Ron Campbell

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#5 posted 05-16-2014 02:32 PM

Awesome job and recovery. The whole concept is cool.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 05-16-2014 04:29 PM

Very artistic! Looks like you overcame some pretty substantial challenges. Congratulations.

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

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#7 posted 05-16-2014 06:29 PM

Hello Jim

We are all disappointed with a broken piece but the result of the new challenge is good
I like it

I have made a lot of wooden vases with this technic and I know …...

I will try a two piece in/out turning

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#8 posted 05-16-2014 08:21 PM

Nice save Jim, the piece looks great!!

-- 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 05-16-2014 09:07 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments!!
Hi Jack. I looked at your I/O vases and they are very cool. Have you ever tried a 3 piece I/O turning? I was thinking about it and wondered if you had to load and turn it 3 times? Like once with each corner inside. Do you know?

Thanks, Jim

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

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#10 posted 05-16-2014 10:44 PM

Nice going Jim, you know it is always those final cuts that gets us in the proverbial, you just like havin’ fun :)

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

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#11 posted 05-16-2014 11:15 PM

I’d say your dream came true… very nicely!!

Very SUPER COOL procedure…

Really SLICK!

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

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#12 posted 05-17-2014 12:35 AM

I like it! Nice save.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#13 posted 05-17-2014 01:05 AM

I am admiring this effort. Very creative, and despite the breakage, you have a pretty piece. Looking forward to the next attempt.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#14 posted 05-17-2014 01:12 AM

Thanks Pete, Joe, Doreen and Buckethead!! Even though it broke, I learned a lot on this one and will try a lamp next. Having the pieces cut as close to half as possible is very important as I found out when I turned this one around. I had one end .060” off center and the other end .150” off center. When they are off, it throws off the matchup of both ends on the inside.

I’ll give ‘er a bit of go in a week or so. Need bigger hose clamps for the next one.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#15 posted 05-17-2014 05:49 AM

Very Creative Jim and very practical to find a use for and not waste any timber. I agree with Bob, could be a Letter or Document holder.



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

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