More Awls and a Mug

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 05-12-2015 10:09 PM 2154 views 1 time favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a few projects I cleaned up today. Two more awls with hardened tips and cartridges embedded in the top. One is spalted beech with a 12 gauge shell in it and the other is hard maple burl with a 44 Mag shell in it. They are finished with clear lacquer.
The mug is made of corian just to see if I could do it. This same process could be used for a wooden mug, but I would not put coffee in the wooden one. It is turned from 7 layers and I could not hide the seams on this piece. The design is such that the OD of the mug is exactly the same as my 3” drum on my spindle sander. The reason for that is so the handle matches it perfectly when I sanded it with that 3” drum.

The handle is doweled into the mug with brass dowels and here is how I spotted and drilled them:

It is sanded to 400 and then buffed with tripoli and white diamond

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 05-12-2015 10:14 PM

Nice job Jim. I never would have thought to turn Corian!

-- Chris Knight

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#2 posted 05-12-2015 10:14 PM

Fantastic Jim!

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

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#3 posted 05-12-2015 10:29 PM

Your work just blows me away.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 05-12-2015 11:06 PM

Where are the piles of shavings that I get when turning corian? Surely your dust collector works better than mine…great job Jim. I love the idea for attaching the handle and that vise that holds the handle while positioning it. Looks homemade, (insert jealousy symbol here).

-- jstegall

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#5 posted 05-12-2015 11:20 PM

you sure cover a wide range of projects Jim:)
More very nice work, the mug came up real nice

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

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#6 posted 05-12-2015 11:37 PM

nice mug and awls Jim

-- James,Alabama,

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#7 posted 05-13-2015 01:39 AM

Nice corian cup. Like the awls.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#8 posted 05-13-2015 02:07 AM

The awls are cool Jim. The mugs are interesting. Matching the diameter of the cup to the drum was a good idea. The seams appear very faint in the picture. Would cutting grooves on the seam hide it better? Not familiar that much with corian.

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

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#9 posted 05-13-2015 02:09 AM

Nice to see you are still turning corian, nice mug. I thought you and the elves were going to take a break.
Like the awls.

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

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#10 posted 05-13-2015 02:37 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I know the mug is not wood, but a wood mug could be made along that same design. I may try it with some pretty wood.

Hi John. The vice was made to be a precision grinding vise but I have no surface grinder to use any more and probably never will and it comes in handy on the drill press.

Hi Dave. Cutting grooves at each seam would hide the seams, but usually they were hidden on other projects I’ve done so I thought they would be invisible….. but they were not.

G’day, Bob! My steel frame project is on hold waiting for a cheaper source of steel tubing so I finished these up. They were turned last month and waiting for the finishing touches. I can’t sit still and started 2 more lathe projects today. I love that machine!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#11 posted 05-13-2015 07:49 AM

Nice looking mug and awls, Jim! How is the corian to turn? What do you use for the awl tips? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 05-13-2015 11:17 AM

Great work Jim. Mugs are terrific to drink out of. Tea, Coffee, anything at all. You make beautiful awls.



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

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#13 posted 05-13-2015 12:09 PM

Thanks Candy and Cliff!!

Hi Candy, corian is easy to turn, drill, tap or rout. It sands real easily and polishes great!!
Usually I use 1/4” drill rod for the points and harden it. These were made from 3/8” stock and turned to 1/4 on the part sticking out. I’m out of 1/4” right now.

Hi Cliff, the first think my wife asked is if it could go in the microwave. I told her that brass was in the handle and would heat up way too much and probably break there.

cheers, Jim

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

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#14 posted 05-13-2015 01:28 PM

You are very creative man, Jim, and always do beautiful and interesting things.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 05-13-2015 03:08 PM

Nice work—love those awls!

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

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