Cherry Bowl #81 and Lidded Box

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 08-12-2014 11:29 PM 2323 views 1 time favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine gave me a 3 yr old piece of cherry from his firewood pile and said “see what you can make out of this!!”

I had it sitting in the shop for a while so I turned these out just to get it off the workbench. I gave him the bowl today. It is 6” x 3” high and the lidded box is 5” x 3” high. In the center of the lid I glued in a piece of ironwood with lots of grain for a little accent.

They are both finished with EEE and Shellawax.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 08-12-2014 11:37 PM

love it

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#2 posted 08-12-2014 11:38 PM

Real nice especially from a wood pile. I have not turned anything from there yet but my friend brought me some pieces of spalted maple from his neighbors wood pile. I will try something tomorrow. Thanks for the inspiration.

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

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#3 posted 08-12-2014 11:43 PM

really nice jim, i really do love cherry and enjoy seeing it age with time, the bowl is really nice and i like the wood accent you used for the lid, just out of curiosity i wanted to know your method of doing the black strip around the top.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 08-13-2014 12:06 AM

Like the shape of both bowls .
I would like to score some FIREWOOD like that .
You can make a silk purse out of a sows ear I am sure .


-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 08-13-2014 12:53 AM

Very attractive and nicely turned. Definitely like the shape of both pieces. Being cherry, they’ll just get better looking as they age.

-- 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 08-13-2014 12:58 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments.

Hi Rick. I’ll call you on needed help to get my printer working. I can turn wood but can’t figure out electronic stuff!!

Hi Vernon. You will love lathe projects with spalted maple!! It has built in character!!

Hi Bob, that black line is burned in. I take a skew and cut a small V in the part and then, with the lathe spinning as fast at it will go, I hold in a piece of stranded 1/16” aircraft cable tight in the V and it smokes and burns in a nice black groove. I just love doing that during classes at the high school. You should see the students’ faces when the area fills up with smoke!!! You can make your own burning wire by taking a 12” to 15” piece stranded cable and mounting some wood balls on the end to use for handles.

Hi John. I was just thinking about that as I look at a lidded bowl I made a few years ago. It looks dark and ancient now!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#7 posted 08-13-2014 12:58 AM

Hi Jim,
Great looking cherry bowl … You are a bad influence on me, I fired up that mini lathe that I got on sale and also tried to sharpen some tools … after a few attempts I got some to cut … Piece of Walnut on the faceplate and I wound up with a neat little 5” bowl … not as nice as yours but I’m happy.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#8 posted 08-13-2014 01:22 AM

Jim, That was quick!!!!!! Another Masterpiece!! You are a real production man, turning the work out like sausages!!!

That Cherry is very pretty. Is it from the Cherry Tree as in Cherries? It is also amazing the lovely wood that gets put in the fire place.
By the way…...that polished timber the projects were sitting on in photos 4, 5, 6 was stunning!!

Great work!!! Bowl and lidded Boxes look sensational.


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

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#9 posted 08-13-2014 03:56 AM

Nice turning Jim, wouldn’t it be great to go through peoples fire wood boxes.

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

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#10 posted 08-13-2014 04:21 AM

Again… Very COOL stuff!

Thank you!

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

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#11 posted 08-13-2014 06:13 AM

Jim, Awesome job on those bowls they are beautiful. Thanks for your advice on my lathe this last weekend. I went to a tool place where I live and purchased a live center for my lathe it was the MT#1 it fit perfect. Know I need to purchase the attachments and chucks to turn bowls. I have never turned a bowl before. I also need to get a jig to sharpen my bowl gouges. I have turned pens, spindles and small cup. That is it.


-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#12 posted 08-13-2014 07:43 AM

Very nice Jim. I like the shapes. Cherry is very nice for turning.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 08-13-2014 10:56 AM

Gr8 save Jim. Looks awesome. I like the Ironwood accent.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#14 posted 08-13-2014 12:50 PM

Great looking pieces Jim

-- Ron Campbell

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#15 posted 08-13-2014 03:21 PM

Thanks Mike, Cliff,Bob, Joe,Monte, Mike,roger and Ron!!

Hi Mike, I’ll have to stop down again next winter and we can talk turning and go looking for mesquite in the desert!!

Hi Cliff. I believe it was from their regular sweet cherry tree that blew down in a wind storm The table the round box it sitting on is a Redwood top table that has Manzanita legs. It was made by Al Curry from Kansas Settlement ,Az. He has since quit making tables because it is illegal to pick up manzanita wood in Arizona now.

Hi Monte. If you want a simple bowl gouge sharpening jig, Lyle Jamieson has one that is very simple and takes no thinking on how to adjust it. When he hooked me on turning, he let us copy his boring bar setup and sharpening jig. I’m sure you can make one for your pedestal grinder. He suggested a 100 grit wheel and I have two of them and they work real nice. If you send me your E mail in a PM I can take some photos and include dimensions to make one. I use mine every day. I also made a 2/4/7 gage out of oak to set the gouges up with.

Hi Roger. I screwed up on that Ironwood insert, the piece was dusty when I glued it in so I did not line up the grain and it shows! I may cut it out and put in a new piece!! I have a mortice on the bottom of the lid so it still is possible.

Cheers, Jim

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

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